Workshop:Speed Reading – 26 October 2016

(PGT) Speed Reading

  • Wednesday 26th October 2016 @ 13:30 – 16:30

In order for academic reading to be effective, it needs to be a combination of efficient (in terms of speed and retention), strategic (in terms of appropriately targeted) and critical.  This short workshop will give you a number of tools to help you to read more quickly, more strategically and more critically.

The workshop (and practice afterwards) will help you to increase your speed and effectiveness of reading.  The practical exercises during the session will show you how to measure your base read speed and comprehension level and then increase your reading speed and efficiency.EDINBURGH UNIVERSITY

We will use practical exercises and tutor-led input to help refine and improve four key areas:

  • Strategy – considering your reading strategy and learning some practical ways to improve information selection and absorption
  • Speed  – Techniques to increase speed of reading, and applying these with more dense and difficult material
  • Criticism – Acquiring methods and questions to improve your critical reading strategies
  • Consistency – Discover how to build consistent reading habits that will improve your efficiency, retention and recall.

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

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

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Workshop: PhD Panel – 2 February and 4 February 2016

students(PGT) PhD Panel

  • Tuesday 2 February 2016 at 13:30-16:30
    • Tuesday 4 February 2016 at 12:30-1:30 online

Got questions about doing a PhD? Want to talk with current students who are doing a PhD?

The PhD Panel will allow you to engage with current doctoral research (PhD) students from the University of Edinburgh. The event will provide great opportunity to talk with current and past doctoral research students and to ask any questions you about what it’s like to do a PhD.

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

Applying for a PhD @ Edinburgh – Research Proposals and Supervisors – Frequently Asked Questions

EDINBURGH UNIVERSITYIn November the IAD hosted on-campus and online panel discussions about applying for a PhD. This gave Taught Masters students the opportunity to ask staff questions about the PhD application process at the University of Edinburgh.

Representatives from Admissions, EUSA, International Office and the Scholarship Office were there to answer questions and give advice to students.

This blog will cover some of the questions raised during these panel sessions

1. Tips on writing a proposal?

When writing your PhD proposal, start working on your draft as early as possible. Research the topic you want to study, this will help you to plan out your ideas as you begin writing the proposal. Ask others to look at your proposal, get their opinion and ask your colleagues for feedback. They are likely to spot gaps, ask questions which potential supervisors may also raise. Be as precise and clear as you can in writing your proposal. The clearer your proposal can be, the easier it will be for a potential supervisor to understand what your want to research and why.

2. How do you choose a supervisor?

When applying for a PhD, you need to first find a research topic of potential interest and then look at choosing a potential supervisor to guide you through the next three years – this is crucial. Your supervisor will be your advisor on both a personal and professional level.  Your supervisor will be there for you to discuss any issues regarding your research and direct you in other areas that may be of benefit to you. Moreover, by the end of the PhD, you will become an expert in your area of research.When choosing a supervisor consider the following points to help you decide:

  • Look at the publications they have written.
  • Talk to other students in the department; try to get a feel for the department/research group or lab you would potentially be working in for the next three years.
  • If you have the opportunity, try to arrange a short meeting with the potential supervisor to discuss your interests and research proposal.  If this cannot be done face-to-face, try to arrange a telephone conversation or email chat.
  • Keep in mind when you are thinking about doing a PhD to find out what is expected of you, why you want to do this PhD? By talking to other PhD students, this will also help you answer questions such as are you ready to do your PhD right now or whether you would prefer to take a gap year first.

Useful Links

www.ed.ac.uk/studying/postgraduate/degree-guide/phd-for-me 

www.ed.ac.uk/student-funding 

www.ed.ac.uk/immigration

www.vitae.ac.uk/doing-research/doing-a-doctorate

www.vitae.ac.uk/doing-research/doing-a-doctorate/starting-a-doctorate/writing-a-research-proposal

 

 

 

University Printing Services for students

Blog on behalf of University of Edinburgh Printing Services

The University Printing Service can print and bind your dissertation. UNIVERSITYThere are two sites at Infirmary Street and JCMB, KB where they can offer soft and wire binding.

Printing services have recently introduced hard backed binding which is approved by the University Library Research Collections.

For more information on prices for printing your dissertation please email printing@ed.ac.uk

http://www.ed.ac.uk/printing 

Your Careers Service – Now and After You Graduate

A message for the Careers Service

We hope that you have had a great time at Edinburgh and are now starting to look forward to the next stage of your career. If however you have still to finalise your career plans you are very welcome to contact the University of Edinburgh Careers Service.

The Careers Service will be open throughout the summer. Individual appointments with a careers consultant can be booked online or you can drop in at any point to speak to an information adviser at the helpdesk.

As well as supporting current students, the Careers Service provides a service to recent graduates. Details of the support offered, including telephone and Skype appointment, can be found on the Service’s website.

We hope that you will continue to find the Careers Service’s website a valuable resource. As a graduate you will also still able to access graduate jobs and information on careers events via MyCareerHub.

We will be in touch over the next few months to ask about your career plans and hope that you will be happy to complete our graduate destination survey.

With very best wishes for your future,
The Careers Service Team

What’s Next Conference for International students

What’s Next Conference for International students presented by the International Office/

If you’re aWhat's Nextn international student who is about to graduate then we hope you will attend this new event, which will equip you with the tools and inspiration you need to move onto the next stage.

Professor James Smith
Vice Principal International

 

Leaving university represents a big transition. This conference is designed to help you get prepared and equipped and leave you inspired about what you can accomplish.

You’ll hear from external speakers, University staff, alumni and fellow graduates, as well as getting an opportunity to reflect on your experiences here.

Follow the link more information and details of how to book a ticket:  http://www.ed.ac.uk/schools-departments/international-office/events/whats-next

Confident Professional Performance – A GESA, Careers Service and Acting Out UK event 23 June 2015, ECCI

This is a half day workshop designed to build confidence, improve ability,  and enhance the delivery of any public speaking event or Interview

Confident Interview Performance: focus on competency-based questions and presenting yourself – and your Masters – concisely and effectively, this is a safe place to practice for the real thing!

Acting Workshop:  Learn techniques to improve public speaking/interview performance.  Have the opportunity to practice and perform public speaking, and receive invaluable feedback and tips on delivery in a supportive environment

For details and registration at:  https://confidentprofessionalperformance.eventbrite.co.uk

Writing Retreat for Postgraduate Students

Are you a taught postgraduate student working on your dissertation? Or trying to write for publication?  Would you like an opportunity to be able to learn some writing techniques, and have space to practise them?

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

Each session will begin with a short Bitesize style workshop to offer advice on writing techniques, and motivate you to write. Following this you will have a 2 ½ hour writing session. No distractions, just writing.

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

  • There will be four writing sessions over two days
  • You will get most out of the time by attending all four sessions, however you can sign up to attend any combination of the sessions which suits your needs.
  • If you wish to write using a laptop, please bring your own with you. There will be plenty of power sockets.  If you don’t have a laptop let us know, we will have a small number available.

Between the morning and afternoon sessions on both days, there will be a short lunch break, please note lunch is not provided.

  • Monday  Bitesize Session 1: Writing Strategies
  • Monday  Bitesize Session 2: Beating Writer’s Block
  • Thursday Bitesize Session 1: Structuring Your Writing
  • Thursday Bitesize Session 2: Being Your own Editor

To find out more and to book a place, please follow the link below:
IAD Postgraduate Workshops: http://edin.ac/16I4vjZ

Writing Retreat for Postgraduate Students

Are you a taught postgraduate student working on your dissertation? Or trying to write for publication?  Would you like an opportunity to be able to learn some writing techniques, and have space to practise them?

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

Each session will begin with a short Bitesize style workshop to offer advice on writing techniques, and motivate you to write. Following this you will have a 2 ½ hour writing session. No distractions, just writing.

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

  • There will be four writing sessions over two days
  • You will get most out of the time by attending all four sessions, however you can sign up to attend any combination of the sessions which suits your needs.
  • If you wish to write using a laptop, please bring your own with you. There will be plenty of power sockets.  If you don’t have a laptop let us know, we will have a small number available.

Between the morning and afternoon sessions on both days, there will be a short lunch break, please note lunch is not provided.

  • Monday  Bitesize Session 1: Writing Strategies
  • Monday  Bitesize Session 2: Beating Writer’s Block
  • Thursday Bitesize Session 1: Structuring Your Writing
  • Thursday Bitesize Session 2: Being Your own Editor

To find out more and to book a place, please follow the link below:
IAD Postgraduate Workshops: http://edin.ac/16I4vjZ

PGT Newsletter – June Edition

The Institute for Academic Development PGT Newsletter (June  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_10_June_2015
  • 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

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