Workshop: Critical Reading, Writing, Thinking – 14 May 2015


(PGT) Critical Reading, Writing, Thinking

‘Critical’ is a word that is frequently used in academic discourse. Students are advised to think, read and write ‘critically’. This workshop is designed to introduce you to the postgraduate learning environment and provide an opportunity to think about and discuss criticality. Topics that will be covered are:-

  • Critical reading of sources
  • Essay writing: big picture ideas such as the analysis of essay questions and planning
  • Practical advice for effective writing

To find out more and to book a place, please follow the following link:

Workshop: The Writing Process – 8 May 2015

calendar(PGT) The Writing Process: Getting Started

For many students, starting to write is one of the most challenging aspects of doing a dissertation. How do you know whether you are ready to write? How do you overcome the sense of paralysis or overwhelm that often accompanies the early stages of the writing process? This workshop provides tools and tips for how to get started; for generating, focusing, targeting and structuring material; and for developing a first draft. All of these will be put into practice through the development of a short text.

To find out more and to book a place, please follow the following link:

Exams and Assignments: Hints and Tips

It’s the end of semester 2 and many Masters students have exams or assignments.This can be a stressful time but there are many things that you can do to help with exam study and assignments.students studying

For further information and resources

Support for Physical Activity (SPA) Programme


For students who want to be a bit more active, a bit more often.

Being physically active is one of the most important things you can do for your health. It can help control your weight, improve your mental health, self-esteem and mood, reduce your risk of cardiovascular disease, Type 2 diabetes as well as some forms of cancer.

Who is it for?
If you are:

  • currently doing less than 150 of moderate intensity activity over the course of a week; and
  • are keen to do more; and
  • would welcome some support to achieve this

Then please get in touch with the SPA team directly by email at to make an appointment with the SPA Programme Officer.

This is a free, non-judgemental, service that is designed to support you to be more active and feel better- it’s as simple as that! You don’t even need to be a member of the CSE to take up this opportunity. All the discussions you have with the SPA team will be entirely confidential. So whether you have been active before or not, and if you are interested in improving your health and feeling better, then this programme is for you.

More information about the SPA Programme can be found at the following link:

Workshop: Digital Footprints Lab – Explore Your Tracks and Traces

Digital Footprints Lab – Explore Your Tracks and Traces

  • Wednesday 22 April 2015 at 14.00-15.30
  • Wednesday 29 April 2015 at 13.30-15.00

Booking link:

Join us for one of our labs on Managing your Digital Footprint. We will explsocialmediaore our own digital tracks and traces (on your choice of machines in the computer lab or your own devices) and discuss what we find. We will then look at ways to curate an online identity/presence, including some expert advice on best practices.

Everyone is welcome and we hope that by the end of the session you will have had a chance to reflect on your own digital footprint and consider how you’d like to manage your digital identity in the future.

The session will be very informal and interactive as we want this to be about you sharing your own experience as well as learning from the social media experts that will be leading the labs.

Research note:footprint We will be capturing notes and audio from the discussions – and you will be asked to consent to this. We will treat your comments and discussion with respect. Notes and transcripts from the audio will be fully anonymised before feeding into our research associated with the Managing your digital footprint project.

Further information about managing your digital footprint can be found

Go Abroad Opportunities – Principal’s Go Abroad Fund


Principal’s Go Abroad Fund

The University of Edinburgh is offering funds for at least 200 students to undertake a short-term international experience abroad. Selected students will be awarded £350 or £700 if they are Widening Participation students.

Why go abroad?

International experiences can be extremely enriching, and allow you to immerse yourself in different cultures. They give you the opportunity to try new things, take on new challenges and to make the most of your time at University. Go abroad and you’ll learn about new places and people, have adventures and see some fantastic sights. Meeting people with different views and lifestyles gives you new insights and widens your frame of reference, your influences.

What’s a short-term experience?

Going abroad for anytime from 1 week to 8 weeks is classed as a short-term international experience. It must have an educational component to it – tourism doesn’t count!

Applications will close at 5PM on Tuesday 21st April 2015.

More details about how to apply and eligibility are available here:

Online Workshop: Practical Strategies for Effective Exams – 22 April 2015

student with laptop(PGT-Online) Effective exams

This one hour lunchtime session will be a discussion based workshop focusing on how to have effective exams. This workshop will address preparation and planning for exams while focusing on effective strategies for revision and exam technique. This workshop aims to build confidence concerning exams by discussing/ introducing approaches to reduce exam anxiety.

This session will take place via blackboard collaborate (virtual classroom). Booking is required in order to receive the workshop link and further information about how to join the session.

For more exam tips and advice, please see links below:


wordle_nursing_2015-03-19There are a number of guidelines from different professional bodies – some are listed below. If you work as a doctor, nurse, surgeon, teacher etc. – please check if there are guidelines on using social media in your profession.
Some common misunderstandings include:

  • what you and others say online – stays online – even in personal spaces!
  • if content is deleted it cannot be recovered (it does live on a server somewhere, or has already been shared/retweeted/posted)
  • even if you think you are not naming an individual e.g. a patient/client, if there is any identifiable information  – this is still a breach of confidentiality

New! Code of conduct – Nursing and Midwifery Council (31 March 2015)


Exam Tips – Exam Guide and Coping With Stress

stressStress is something that we all experience. The right amount of stress helps us achieve the things we want and allows us to fulfil whatever aims we have for ourselves. If we are facing too much challenge our stress levels can rise to a point where they begin to have negative effects on our performance and on how we feel.

During exams period, it is important for you to set realistic goals as you revise – reward yourself when you meet these targets and don’t stress about an unobtainable level of perfection. If you start to feel stressed, try to challenge those negative thoughts by focusing on positives and previous successes. If you find yourself beginning to panic at any point during revision time or even during an exam, there are various relaxation techniques that will help.

A short guide is published by the Student Counselling Service at the University of Edinburgh to give you some ideas about recognising when your stress levels are too high, and help you do something about it.

The Student Counselling Service has also published the Step by Step Guide to Exam Success to give you some ideas about how you can get the marks you want in your exams with the minimum of stress and panic!

The Edinburgh University Students’ Association also published a Q&A guide to exams and deadlines:

PGT Newsletter – April Edition

The Institute for Academic Development PGT Newsletter (April 2015) is now live. You can download it from

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  • All study skills and writing workshops available in April 2015
  • Dissertation Panel – 21st April 2015
  • Dissertation Workshop Suite 2015
  • Effective Exams
  • Support for Physical Activity (SPA)
  • Other resources on assignments, writing and exams