Maintenance Scheduled: 03/12/18 – 05/12/18

Students working on a demonstration car in the School of Engineering.There is scheduled maintenance on our Events Booking System between Monday 3rd and Wednesday 5th December. If you would like to book on to any upcoming workshops during this time please email iad.students@ed.ac.uk.

Apologies for any inconvenience.

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Online Workshop: Getting started with writing your dissertation – 10th December 2018

Getting Started with Your Dissertation (online session)

  • Monday 10th December 2018 @ 12:00-13:00 (GMT Time)

A Woman and laptopdissertation is a serious investment of time and energy. It is the defining feature of a Masters so it is worth thinking about what it is you really want to do with it and what you really want to get out of it.

This online interactive session will give you strategies to start thinking about the subject and focus of your dissertation as well as practical tips for project managing it. Participants are encouraged to ask questions and raise issues.

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 book a place, please click here.

You can see all upcoming workshops here.

Online Workshop: Top 10 Tips for Improving Your Grammar & Punctuation – 6th November 2018

(PGT – Online) Top 10 Tips for Improving your Grammar and Punctuation UNI 11

  • Tuesday 6th November 2018 @ 19:00-20:00

Grammar should be like the background music in a film.  If it’s good you hardly notice it.  If it’s bad, it jars and distracts you, and does not allow you to focus on what’s important.  We write to communicate our ideas, opinions and discoveries.  If the way we write obscures these goals in any way, then we have to rethink our approach.  Some people think grammar is unimportant, being a secondary issue to the main thrust of their writing.   However, if your use, or misuse, of grammar and punctuation leads your reader to stumble over your meaning, you have failed.  Grammar is important.

In this online session, we will look at the most common problems faced by technical writers when it comes to grammar and punctuation. And, using a lot of examples we will learn how to avoid these problems.

 

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 book a place, please click here.

You can see all upcoming workshops here.

Workshop: Critical Reading, Assignment Planning and Writing – 30th October 2018

(PGT) Critical Reading, Assignment Planning and Writing

  • 30th October 2018 @ 13:00-16:00Top view of young students in library

Being a masters student is challenging, not just because of the level you will be learning

at but also the amount of work (e.g. reading and writing) you’ll be expected to do, and all the while being ‘critical’. With so much to do, using effective strategies will help you to manage the different demands of your masters.

This workshop will focus on practical strategies for masters-level effective reading and writing, and developing your critical thinking during these. Participants will be able to practice some strategies in short exercises during the workshop.

This is an interactive workshop and discussions and questions by participants are warmly encouraged.

To book a place, please click here.

You can see all upcoming workshops here.

Online Workshop: Proof Reading – 25th October 2018

(PGT – Online) Proof Reading

  • 25th October 2018 @ 09:00-10:00student with laptop

This workshop is open to all postgraduate taught (PGT) students.

A dissertation is a significant piece of academic writing and a major investment of time and effort. It is also the defining feature of a Master’s degree, so it is worth spending time polishing it through proof-reading and editing.

This interactive online session will introduce useful tips and strategies to help you incorporate proof-reading and editing into your writing process.

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 book a place, please click here.

You can see all upcoming workshops here.

Workshop: It’s About Time… Managing Time Personal Efficiency and Effectiveness – 22nd October 2018

(PGT) It’s About Time…Managing Time Personal Efficiency and Effectiveness

  • 22nd October 2018 @ 14:00 – 17:00

This workshop will help you to:book

• Reflect on your current actions and priorities
• Behave efficiently as well as effectively and so manage your time more productively.
• Prioritize and place your focus in appropriate areas

To book a place, please click here.

You can see all upcoming workshops here.

Workshop: Critical Reading, Assignment Planning and Writing – 11th October 2018

(PGT) Critical Reading, Assignment Planning and Writing

  • Thursday 11th October 2018 @ 14:00-17:00Top view of young students in library

Being a masters student is challenging, not just because of the level you will be learning

at but also the amount of work (e.g. reading and writing) you’ll be expected to do, and all the while being ‘critical’. With so much to do, using effective strategies will help you to manage the different demands of your masters.

This workshop will focus on practical strategies for masters-level effective reading and writing, and developing your critical thinking during these. Participants will be able to practice some strategies in short exercises during the workshop.

This is an interactive workshop and discussions and questions by participants are warmly encouraged.

To book a place, please click 12here.

You can see all upcoming workshops here.

Online Workshop: Get the best from your library – 04th October 2018

(PGT – Online) Get the best from your library

  • Thursday 04th October 2018 @ 19:00-20:00

These sessions are designed for new online learners, but if you’re in your second or third year, you’re still welcome. The sessions will cover accessing and using Library resources. When you register, you’ll be asked to indicate any particular things you’d like covered, so the sessions will be tailored to cover as much as possible of what is requested in advance. Before the session, you might find it useful to watch this induction presentation https://youtu.be/srqpOtxXgE0 .


Learning outcomes – as a result of this session, you will…

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  • Know how to discover and find the resources available via the Library.  This will include databases and journals recommended for your subject area
  • Know how to get your hands on readings and how to access full text articles or books from references you already know
  • Know techniques for planning your research and finding new publications on a topic

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 book a place, please click here.

You can see all upcoming workshops here.

EUSA Peer Proofreading Scheme – Re-opening for submissions on Monday 16th July 2018 – Closing date Friday 10th August 2018

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The Peer Proofreading Scheme will be open for a limited summer service for postgraduate masters students. The Scheme will be open from Monday 16th July until Friday 10th August 2018. This limited summer scheme will be specifically for Masters students seeking feedback on a section of their dissertation. Please note the scheme is offered on a first come, first serve basis and the full eligibility criteria is available on the EUSA website.

The aims of the scheme are:

  • To increase access to trustworthy proofreading services on campus
  • To reduce dependency upon proofreading services among users of the scheme by training them to spot basic grammar and spelling errors
  • To enhance the sense of community among students at the university through peer support
  • To provide student volunteers with a rewarding volunteering opportunity, developing their transferable skills and experience

If you have any questions, feel free to email EUSA at proofreading@eusa.ed.ac.uk

Students who are formally assessed as having dyslexia may be entitled to more comprehensive proofreading support, provided by the Student Disability Service.

Eligibility 

Please be aware that some courses, especially from English Language Education, are not eligible for proofreading. If the quality of English is specifically being assessed you should not use the scheme. If in doubt, ask your course organiser or tutor.

  • We can only accept assignments from non-native English speakers.
  • Students should submit assignments at least seven days before their deadline. If you submit your assignment after 5pm, we will not receive it until the next working day- please bear this in mind when calculating seven days: work submitted at the weekend will NOT be received until the following Monday!
  • Students may submit no more than one 2, 000 word section of their dissertation during the summer period.
  • Students must provide a valid University of Edinburgh email address.
  • Please remove any graphics from your work; work which is too large cannot be processed by our system.
  • We are unable to read resumes, CVs, applications for job, applications for programmes of study: the summer scheme is for sections of Masters dissertations only.

After submitting your work you will be emailed a validation link. Don’t forget to click this, or we won’t receive it!

For further information about submitting your work and how peer proofreading works please click on the following link: https://www.eusa.ed.ac.uk/support_and_advice/the_advice_place/academic/peerproofreading/

Other Useful Links

Peer Proofreading Scheme FAQs – Answers to frequently asked questions about how the Peer Proofreading Scheme works. If you have any questions about the Scheme, please start here!
Institute of Academic Development – Has a wealth of information and resources designed to help students make the most of their learning.
Read. Write. Cite. – This campaign aims to offer help with referencing, citations, and academic good conduct.
Tandem Language Programme – Join in Tandem’s weekly events to improve your skills in a range of languages, including English.
International Student Centre – Meet new friends from all over the world and travel Scotland.
EUSA Volunteering – Get involved in the local community, make new friends, and build your CV!
EUSA Global – Learn more about global activities run by your Students’ Association

Workshop: Just Write Session – 25th July 2018

(PGT) Just Write Sessionstudent with laptop

  • Wednesday 25th July 2018 @ 09:00 – 13:00

Are you a taught postgraduate student working on your dissertation? Or trying to write for publication?

The aim of a ‘Just Write’ session is to facilitate a time and place for you to write without the distractions of emails, Facebook, twitter and everyday life.

A space will be provided for you to write in a focused way, with a member of staff present, to ensure that everyone abides by the rules.

Thinking of coming along? Here is what you need to know.

–       You will get most out of the time by coming prepared to write

–       Bring your laptop and any notes you may need with you

To book a place, please click here.

You can see all upcoming workshops here.