How to succeed in your studies for International students – 25 & 28 September 2017

How to succeed in your studies for International students

  • Monday 25th September 2017 @ 14:00-16:00 (Project Room, 50 George Square)
  • Thursday 28th September 2017 @ 18:00-20:00 (Teaching Studio LG.07, David Hume Tower)

This workshop is suitable for international UG, PGT and PGR students.

This workshop is designed to help you get the most from your studies while you are here at Edinburgh.

Drawing from the 5 element model for student success the workshop will lEDINBURGH UNIVERSITYook at strategies and tips to help you succeed.

This workshop will cover:-

  • Academic expectations
  • Learning strategies
  • Overcoming challenges

There will also be an opportunity to meet and network with other students from around the university.

To find out more and to book a place, please follow the eventbrite link for the workshop you wish to attend:

25th September 2017:

28th September 2017:



Workshop: Dissertation Panels – 11 May and 26 May 2016

(PGT) Dissertation Panel

  • On campus – Wednesday 11 May 2016 at 14:00-16:00
  • *Online – Thursday 26 May 2016 at 12:30-13:30 (UK Time)students

Got questions about Dissertations? Want to talk to former MSc Students and experienced staff about dissertations?

The Dissertation Panel will allow you to engage with a panel of former Taught Masters  students from the University of Edinburgh, and staff from the University. The event will provide great opportunity to ask the panel questions surrounding dissertations and an opportunity to network with students and staff.

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

*The online 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.

Workshops: Postgrad Launchpad February 2016



If you’re interested in postgraduate study, more information can be found at the events below:

Making the transition to masters study

  • Wednesday 10 February 2016 at 13:00 – 14:30

This workshop will provide insights into what distinguishes masters study and introduce you to the skills you’ll be expected to develop.

Postgraduate research: preparing for the PhD experience

  • Wednesday 10 February 2016 at 14:30 – 16:00

This workshop will allow you to explore the nature of PhD study and the skills you will require for success at doctorate level.

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

Workshop: Mastering Networking – 10 November 2015

cropped-pgt.jpg(PGT) Mastering Networking

  • Tuesday 10 November 2015 at 14:00-16:00

Great networking takes preparation and practice. This workshop will focus on practical strategies for good networking and help you prepare for mixer events. You will also have an opportunity to interact with your peers and practice your networking techniques in this workshop.

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

Networking and Negotiation – 13 Feb 2014

Networking & Negotiation? Not an obviocalendarus combination, except that they are two things that people tend to dislike, and also misunderstand.

In this session we will aim to demystify both concepts: They are not about insincerity or conflict. Instead, we will aim to present a coherent approach to becoming proficient in both skills – which are arguably essential to success in academic work, and in most other spheres of life. And they are both about building successful, purposeful relationships with colleagues.

Specifically on networking, we’ll look at:

  • Presenting a genuine, positive profile, with a purpose
  • Considering networking contexts and opportunities
  • Networking online
  • Specifically on negotiation, we’ll look at:
  • Presenting what you want in terms of building a positive relationship
  • Conceptualising the process of negotiation
  • Tips, tools and tricks for getting what you want.

This event is open to all taught postgraduates at the University of Edinburgh

Booking details can be found:


What to expect from Innovative Learning Week: controversy and experimentation


Students and staff across the University of Edinburgh will be given the chance to speak and persuade on controversial and exciting topics. Divinity and Politics students will square off to debate whether or not Scotland should have Blasphemy laws. Take your place and be a part of the audience that decides the winning debate team! The Economic Society is organising the David Hume Cup where eager debaters go head-to-head on the topic of Scottish Independence. Come along and watch some of the best debaters in this University battle it out!


Schools have really pushed the boat out with the range of experimental and novel events and courses available for students from any School, discipline, and level of study across the University.

Fancy your chances against a team of Engineers? Head along to ‘Egg Protection’ where you and your team will create a safety jacket for an egg. You will then test your egg protection by dropping your egg from a height. Have you made your egg safe? Can you beat the Engineers?

Sweet tooth? Hear a world-class physicist speak about the science behind toffee and other delicious sweet and sticky things at the Big ILW Lecture!

Interested in Shakespeare? Prepare a speech from one of the Bard’s plays and head on to a performance workshop!

students at UoEStudent-Led

Societies across the University are taking a much more forward and active role in Innovative Learning Week this year – and long may it continue! Societies are organising pub quizzes, guest lecturers, workshops, and myriad other interesting and student-driven events. (If your society would like to advertise your event using the central calendar – email ilw[at]!)

Less than a week to go! @InnovLearning #ILW2013

Innovation Stations: The cure to the January blues?

It’s January. It’s cold, grey, and ‘mizzling’ constantly. The only things still reminding you of Christmas are your too-tight waistband, and your too-low bank balance.wordle

My top tip for fighting the January blues? Thinking forward to February.

It may sound crazy, given that statistically Scotland experiences only very slightly less rain in February than it does in January. Similarly, the sceptics out there will despair at a month dedicated to a holiday that was not only invented by greeting card companies, but that seems to cover the world in tacky heart-shaped confetti. Nonetheless, February is where I’m seeking out my injection of fun, because from 18-22 February, Innovative Learning Week is coming to town.

ILW means many things, to many different people. Like the great David Bowie, it has many faces, facets and fonts. This year, across the University of Edinburgh, staff and students are collaborating to put on a week of inventive, challenging and, well, innovative events.

Worried about where your degree is taking you? Whether your degree is taking you anywhere? Don’t fret – the University of Edinburgh has assembled a crack team of employability experts. From recent graduates, and career gurus, to high-flying alumni, you’ll be hard-pressed not to succeed once we’ve finished with you. Keynote speakers will discuss their routes from the University of Edinburgh to head of MI5, from secondary school to best-selling novelist, from researcher to inventor.

studentThis year we’ll be making some events available online too! This means that you don’t need to be on-campus to hear from some of our amazing guest speakers, and you can listen to and participate in some of the student-led debates. These events are perfect for any ODL students, or students in Schools like Vet Sciences that can’t participate in ILW for scheduling reasons. There’ll also be a lot of activity on Twitter, @InnovLearning, #ILW2013.

I’m looking at ILW as an opportunity to get out of my desk-chair, to speak up and out, to get active and involved. What will you get out of it?

For more details please check our website,
email ilw [at]
Tweet us any questions!

Alison Treacy, Employability Project Officer

Networking Opportunity – Postgrads

[open to University of Edinburgh students]

The first EUSA Postgrad Network event of the year is tonight, Weds 16th Jan at 6pm in Teviot Dining Room:

“Come and enjoy a glass of wine, network with postgrads from across the University – and with representatives from the various support services for postgrads at the University. A great way to start off the new Semester and ease back into study!” wordle2


Then on January 31st, Sharon Maguire and Darcey Gillie, will be hosting a networking breakfast from 8.30-9.30am in Teviot Dining Room.  Free breakfast and networking all before 9.30 – what a way to start your day! Get the date in your diary and come along and find out how talking to people can help you develop your career.  Details will be posted on

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