EUSA Peer Proofreading Scheme – Open for submissions now – Closing date 2nd December 2016


The Peer Proofreading Scheme is currently OPEN for submissions.

Please note, the final date for submissions in Semester 1 is Friday 2nd December. You can submit work up until 5pm on this date. After this date the Peer Proofreading Scheme will be closed until January 2017.

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

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


Please be aware that some courses, especially from the English Language Teaching Centre, 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.
  • Assignments submitted should be no longer than 3000 words.
  • Students may submit no more than two assignments per semester.
  • 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 scheme is for academic coursework only.

For further information about submitting your work and how peer proofreading works please click on the following link:

Other Useful Links

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.

Online Workshop – Being Critical for Assignments – 3 November 2016

(PGT- Online) Being Critical for Assignments

  • Thursday 3rd November 2016 @ 19:00-20:00EDINBURGH UNIVERSITY

As a masters student, you will have probably been told to demonstrate critical thinking in your assignments. But what does this mean and how do you do it?

This interactive online workshop will give you some tips and strategies on how to practice and communicate critical thinking in your assignments.

It would be useful for students to have with them an assignment they have been set, and any marking criteria. Alternatively, students could have a previous assignment and any feedback they have been provided.

Students are encouraged to comment and ask questions during the workshop.

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

Online Distance Learning – Welcome!

There are a number of events specifically for online distance learners (ODL) at the University of Edinburgh.

Events for semester 1 of 2016/17 are listed on the Online Events page on this blog, please visit for more information.

Below is a list of online workshops we will run in semester 1.

Getting Started with Your Studies
Online Distance Learning – Welcome!
Get the best from your library
Effective Slide Design
Being Critical
Managing Your Exams: Strategies and Tips
Working Effectively Together
Getting Started with Scientific Writing
Being Critical for Assignments
Managing your exams: effective revision techniques
Networking for your Project
Dissertations strategies for writing
Postgrad Launchpad – Part I: Thinking about a PhD?
Postgrad Launchpad – Part II: Thinking about a PhD?
Project Planning

To register:

Workshop: Just Write – 17th March 2016

  • (PGT) Just Write
  • Thursday 17th March 2016 at 09:00 – 12:30students studying

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.

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

09.15-09.30 – Arrival/ Set-up
09.30-10.15 – Writing
10.15-10.25 – Short Break
10.25-11.25 – Writing
11.25-11.35 – Short Break
11.35-12.25 – Writing  

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


Workshop: Critical Reading, Essay Planning and Writing – 4 February 2016

calendar(PGT) Critical Reading, Essay Planning and Writing

  • Thursday 4 February 2016 at 13:30-16:30

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.

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

Workshop: Just Write – 30 November 2015

student with laptop

(PGT) Just write 

  • Monday 30 December 2015 at 09:00 -12:30

Are you looking for time and a space that let’s you focus just on writing? Then try our Just Write session. Remove all distractions and get writing in a quiet space shared with other students focused on writing too.

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

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

Exams and Assignments: Hints & 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

PGT Newsletter – Dec 2013

page 1 of newsletterThe Institute for Academic Development PGT Newsletter (Dec 2013) is now live. You can download it from

The newsletter provides further information about

  • Resources for Assignments & Exams
  • Events/workshops
  • Online information sessions


Top tips – Exam Preparation

Some programmes of study may have exams while others may not.  examtips

Exams at taught postgraduate level are an opportunity to demonstrate your insight, knowledge and mastery of your subject. While exams can be daunting, with proper preparation many students come to view exams as enjoyable: exams become an opportunity to consolidate their learning experience.

What do you need to know about exam preparation in relation to:

  • Planning and revision
  • Revision techniques
  • Strategies for sitting your exams

The Institute for Academic Development has recently launched a web page which focuses on exam preparation. The page includes useful resources, planners, top tips for revision and exam preparation. To find out more, visit the Effective Exams page