Workshop: Academic Writing- 3rd June 2015

Wednesday 3rd June 2015 at 09.30-12.30

Academic writing is a key skill for masters study. Understanding the conventions and principles of academic writing can help you with your writing. This Academic Writing workshop will cover the following topics:

  • Using consistently a referencing style.calendar
  • Importance of engaging critically with the material.
  • Importance of structuring the essay (intro, main part, conclusions).
  • Questions of style: using an academic register.
  • Plagiarism: What it is and how not to plagiarise.

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

IAD Postgraduate Workshops: http://edin.ac/16I4vjZ

Workshop: Dissertation Writing and Planning – 1st and 16th June 2015

22(PGT) Dissertation Writing and Planning

  • Monday 1st June 2015 at 9:30 – 12:30 – Central Area
  • Tuesday 16th June 2015 at 09.30-12.30 – Kings Buildings

For many, starting your dissertation can be a big challenge.  Planning and writing techniques can be a good a way to get you started and keep you going through your dissertation.

This workshop is designed to help you with dissertation planning and writing techniques. It should also provide an opportunity to think about and discuss:

  • Masters level examiners view – what do examiners want
  • Article analysis – how to improve your paper analysis skills
  • Critical reading of sources
  • Dissertation writing: big picture ideas such as the analysis of essay questions and planning
  • Practical advice for effective writing strategies

There will also be lots of opportunities to ask questions!

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

IAD Postgraduate Workshops: http://edin.ac/16I4vjZ

Your Input Counts – Digital Footprint Survey

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This survey is open to all undergraduates, postgraduates, online students and PhD researchers at the University of Edinburgh.

Please take a few minutes to complete a survey on ‘managing your digital footprint’. This is the second digital footprint survey and we would appreciate you taking the time to complete this survey, even if you completed an earlier survey in semester 1. In doing so, this will help us to understand how you are using the internet, specifically social media, and how you approach the management of your digital footprint (online presence).

At the end of the survey you have the option of entering into the prize draw in order to win one of three £10 book tokens.

Closing date: 19 June 2015

Survey link: http://edin.ac/1drLFYj

Postgraduate Applicant Information Session — University of Edinburgh

Postgraduate Applicant Information Session — University of Edinburgh
26th May 2015 (13.45-17.30)

Are you a current MSc Student who has applied for a PhD place at Edinburgh? This event for postgraduate applicants will provide a series of talks about getting ready to start studying at the University of Edinburgh.

This will be followed by the Information Fair, where admissions staff, current students, and our student support services will be on hand to answer any questions you might have over a cup of tea or coffee.

Following the fair, the Institute for Academic Development will run a workshop on study skills for postgraduates. There will also be an optional student-led tour of the University’s central campus which will take you to the University’s central buildings, including the Main Library and student union buildings. Places for these activities are limited so if you are interested, please book separate tickets.

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/postgraduate-applicant-information-session-university-of-edinburgh-tickets-12929523553

Location: The event will take place in Appleton Tower, University of Edinburgh, 11 Crichton Street, Edinburgh EH8 9LE. Map of venue: www.ed.ac.uk/maps?building=appleton-tower

 

Workshop: Dissertations for Publication – 19 and 21 May 2015

More than a dissertation? Think about publication!

Your dissertation requires a substantial amount of time and effort from you, so how can you get more from it? One way to make your dissertation work for you is to publish it. Many dissertations represent significant additions and advancements to their field. Publishing is a way to get your work noticed and can lead to surprising opportunities. Plus, your supervisor will be pleased because they won’t have to do it!

This session will not cover: Referencing and formatting, subject or discipline specifics, proof-reading or editing.

(PGT) Dissertations for Publication

(PGT – Online) Dissertations for Publication

 

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

IAD Postgraduate Workshops: http://edin.ac/16I4vjZ

Themes from Dissertation Panel Discussion – Part 2

The IAD Masters Team recently held a Questions and Answers panel on Dissertations. This was an opportunity for current MSc students to ask questions of former masters students and experienced university staff.

The questions covered various themes around writing dissertations from How to Choose the Topic to Tools for Writing Your Dissertation. This post focuses on the planning of your dissertation, choosing methodology and reading and writing. The post also highlights some of the tools available to help with writing your dissertation.

Planning Methods/Strategy

  • Plan out the timeframe of the dissertation – include reading, research, writing and proof reading
  • Do not under-estimate the time need for both reading ad writing, make sure to build plenty of time into your planning

Practicalities

  • Allow a buffer of at least 3 weeks (emergencies etc)
  • Email supervisor/ keep in touch throughout research

Doing the Research

  • Lab based? Talk to the lab researchers such as Post-Doctoral Researchers and Doctoral students for advice
  • Discuss the exact context of the research and the best methodology to use with your supervisor
  • Look for research methods books/texts which might be of interest –try your school’s library

Resources for Planning your Dissertation

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

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(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:

http://www.ed.ac.uk/schools-departments/institute-academic-development/postgraduate/taught/courses-events/open-workshops

Online Workshop: Dissertation Panel – 12 May 2015

calendar(PGT- Online) Dissertation Panel

Got questions about Dissertations? Want to talk to former MSc Students and University staff about dissertations?

The Dissertation Panel will allow you to engage with a panel of former Taught Masters  students from the University of Edinburgh, and staff from the University. The event will provide great opportunity to ask the panel questions surrounding dissertations and an opportunity to network with students and staff.

What does this workshop include:

  • Panel open question session

What does this workshop not include:

  • Subject specific guidance
  • Specific referencing styles
  • Proof reading

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.

To check the time zone – please click the following link:

https://eu1.bbcollab.com/site/external/isoTimeZoneConverter

 

PGT Newsletter – May Edition

The Institute for Academic Development PGT Newsletter (May 2015) is now live. You can download it from  http://edin.ac/16wZUnc

The newsletter provides further information about

  • All workshops available in May and June 2015PGT_Newsletter_9_May_2015_Page1
  • Dissertation Panel (online) -12th May 2015
  • PhD Panel online and on-campus
  • PG Applicant Information session
  • EUSA Peer Proofreading
  • Other resources on assignments, writing and exams

Resources

Themes from Dissertation Panel Discussion – Part 1

The IAD Masters Team recently held a Questions and Answers panel on Dissertations. This was an opportunity for current MSc students to ask former masters students and university staff questions about dissertations

The questions covered various themes around writing dissertations from How to Choose the Topic to Tools for Writing Your Dissertation. This post focuses on the beginning of the process, choosing a topic and narrowing down your question.

Common challenges with dissertations

  • Too big a question i.e can you conduct the research in the allocated timeframe
  • Ensure you use the correct methodology and/or theory to answer the question
  • Structure – make sure to answer the question
  • Check every section addressed your question and adds to the argument

How to choose the topic

  • Ask other people about the area, your peers, programme staff and researchers
  • How viable is the topic? Is there too much or too little research on it?
  • Think about what interests you?
  • How does the topic relate to your career?

Narrowing down the question

  • Write down the various questions which come to mind as you read the literature
  • Discuss it with others in your department (staff, PhD researchers, peers)