Workshop: Critical Reading, Writing, Thinking – 25 May 2016

22(PGT) Critical! (Reading, Writing, Thinking)

  • Wednesday 25 May 2016 at 9:30-12:30

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


Workshop: Effective Writing: Grammar – 19 May 2016

22(PGT) Effective Writing: Grammar

  • Thursday 19 May 2016 at 13:30-16:30

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

Workshop: Writing Skills – 16 May 2016

HeeHaw/Edinburgh Uni/05.02.08(PGT) The Writing Process: Getting Started

  • Monday 16 May 2016 at 09:30-12:30

For many students, starting to write is one of the most challenging aspects of doing a dissertation. How do you know whether you are ready to write? How do you overcome the sense of paralysis or overwhelm that often accompanies the early stages of the writing process? This workshop provides tools and tips for how to get started; for generating, focusing, targeting and structuring material; and for developing a first draft. All of these will be put into practice through the development of a short text.

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Workshop: Dissertations for Publication – 3 May 2016

22(PGT) Dissertations for Publication

  • Tuesday 3 May 2016 at 13:30-15:30

Want more from your dissertation? Think about a publication!

Your dissertation requires a substantial amount of time and effort from you, so how can you get the most out of 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. And it doesn’t have to be just journal articles!

This interactive workshop will discuss strategies for producing a range of publications from your dissertation.

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

Workshop: Writing a Literature Review – 27 April 2016

book(PGT) Writing a Literature Review

  • Wednesday 27 April 2016 at 09:30-12:30

The literature review is a key component of a dissertation, because it motivates and contextualises key research issue. Developing a review is a complex task which involves selecting, organising and evaluating source material; reading actively while taking effective notes; and shaping relevant information into a coherent piece of writing. This workshop offers practical ways of making this process manageable and beginning to develop a review.

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Workshop: Presenting your work – 21 April 2016

calendar(PGT) Presenting your work! 

  • Thursday 21 April 2016 at 09:30-12:30

This highly interactive and fast paced course will explore the key skills necessary to help you communicate your research to both academic and non-specialist audiences. We’ll focus on the latest research in communication studies and discuss the good, the bad and the ugly results of academic presentations. We’ll watch keynote TED talks and examine why the speakers succeed and what keeps us on the edge of our seats.

Why should you come?  

1.    Researchers need to engage a variety of audiences for a successful career(s).

2.    To build your core communication skills and confidence.

3.    To prepare you for reviews, seminars and future conference presentations.

4.    It’s also  a little challenging, dynamic and seriously fun.

Finally we’ll help you explore your strengths as a professional presenter and create a short action plan for future presentations

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


Workshop: Project Management – 30 March 2016


  • Wednesday 30 March 2016 at 13:30-16:30

A successful research project does not solely depend on an important research question and a well-designed protocol, but also on the efficient execution of the project. Many research projects fail to complete on time and on budget and some struggle even to get off the ground. In this half-day workshop we will apply the principles of project management to clinical research and show how by applying some simple tools and techniques we can solve many of the common problems we face and avoid others altogether. The workshop will consist of a series of short, interactive lectures, interspersed with practical exercises.

After the workshop each participant will:

  • be able to define the different component parts of a research project
  • understand the common challenges that arise when managing a research project
  • be familiar with project management tools and techniques
  • be able to put these into practice
  • understand how to avoid the commonest problems that arise in management of research

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

Workshop: Workplace Etiquette – 21 March 2016

EDINBURGH UNIVERSITY(PGT) Preparing for the Workplace: Workplace Etiquette

  • Monday 21 March 2016 at 13:30-16:30

This course will look at preparing for your work based project. Whether going out into the field, working with a collection, in the lab or into a company’s offices, understanding the workplace environment can help your project run more smoothly. This course will look at workplace etiquette, people skills and preparing for onsite work (whether abroad or in the UK).

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Workshop: Finding Science & Engineering Academic Literature – 11 February 2016

book(PGT) Finding Science & Engineering Academic Literature

  • Thursday 11 February 2016 at 15:15-16:45

A hands-on session with Academic Support Librarians designed to give you tips, save you time and effort and give you confidence in finding relevant academic literature for essays, reports, literature reviews, dissertations etc.

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

Upcoming Workshops for Postgraduate Students in January 2016

The following events and workshops are open to all Taught Masters students at the University of Edinburgh.


Wednesday 20 January 2016

  • Mini Writing Bootcamp – Beating Writers Block

Friday 22 January 2016 (online)

  • Getting Started with Your Studies

Monday 25 January 2016 (online)

  • Being Critical

Monday 25 January 2016

  • Creative Problem Solving

Wednesday 27 January 2016

  • Searching Research Literature and Managing Bibliographies

Tuesday 28 January 2016

  • Working Around Your Life (online)

To find out more and to book a place, visit

For online workshops, please visit the Online Event page.

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