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.

Workshop: Critical! (Reading, Writing, Thinking) – 9th November 2018

Critical! (Reading, Writing, Thinking)

  • Friday 9th November 2018 @ 10:00-13:00iStock_000003160236XSmall_leaves

‘Critical’ is a word that is frequently used in academic discourse. Students are advised to think, read and write ‘critically’. But what does ‘critical’ actually mean in an academic context? In this workshop we identify qualities that are core to a critical engagement with academic work, and we explore through examples how you can apply critical values to your reading, writing and academic practice.

To book a place, please click here.

You can see all upcoming workshops here.

PGT Newsletter (November 2018)

The Institute for Academic Development PGT Newsletter (November 2018) is now live. You can download it from  http://edin.ac/16wZUnc

The newsletter provides further information about:

  • What does the IAD do?
  • PTAN Lunch – Student Rep Invitation
  • Exam Bootcamp
  • Upcoming PGT Workshops
  • Mini Writing Bootcamp
  • engage networks
  • 5 Ways to Wellbeing

PGT Newsletter 03 November 2018

Online Workshop: Improving Your Grammar and Punctuation – 6th November 2018

(PGT – Online) Top 10 Tips for Improving Your Grammar and Punctuation

  • 6th November @ 19:00-20:00EDINBURGH UNIVERSITY

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.

Online Workshop: Getting Started with Scientific Writing – 31st October 2018

(PGT – Online) Getting Started with Scientific Writing

  • 31st October 2018 @ 19:00-20:0022

If you find writing a challenge, you are not alone. There are a number of difficulties, but many writers find that their biggest problem is simply getting started.

In this online session we will focus on strategies we can use to help us get over that fear of the big blank page.  We will look at freewriting and how this can help us generate text and, also, help us think on paper.

By the end of this one hour interactive online session, you will have a better understanding of what free writing is and how it can help you in your scientific writing and your scientific thinking.

During this session, you will have the opportunity to do some freewriting, so make sure you have some paper and a pen handy.

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: Searching Research Literature and Managing Bibliographies – 24th October 2018

(PGT) Searching Research Literature and Managing Bibliographies

  • 24th October 2018 @ 09:00-12:30

The Course is a mixture of presentations and hands on practical computer-based sessions to help participants understand the information research process and develop good bookpractice in literature searching.

The key objectives and aims of the course are:

  • Develop  an understanding of how information resources provided by the Library and beyond, both printed and electronic, are organised and their major features
  • Develop the ability to search and evaluate research literature by performing advanced search strategies and techniques, such as by using Boolean search operators
  • Develop the ability to manage search results and citation styles with the help of a bibliographic management software such as EndNote.

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

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

Workshop: Effective Writing: Grammar 18th October 2018

(PGT) Effective Writing: Grammar

  • 18th October 2018 @ 10:00 – 13:0022

This course aims to show how a well-crafted sentence is put together and to give an understanding of the underlying grammatical rules.

No prior knowledge of grammar is required.

We will be dealing with such problems as tense, sentence length, sentence structure, joining sentences and punctuation, with a view to producing clear, unambiguous and readable academic writing.

This course will not cover writing for specific purposes, such as these, dissertations or abstracts.

To book a place, please click here.

You can see all upcoming workshops here.