Workshop – Revisiting Your Structure – 31st May 2017

(PGT) Revisiting Your Structure

  • Wednesday 31st Maystudents at UoE @ 10:00 – 12:30

This workshop is open to all postgraduate taught (PGT) students.

A dissertation is a significant piece of academic writing and the defining feature of a Master’s degree, so it is worth taking time to consider your structure.

This interactive session will help you step back from the detail of your writing and take an overview of your dissertation.  It will suggest practical ways you can isolate the main themes of your work and develop a convincing order to present your ideas.  We will also discuss the purpose of key sections of academic dissertations.

You will have the opportunity to self-review your dissertation outline, but the tutor will be unable to give subject-specific advice.

Pre-course work Participants are asked to bring a one-page outline of their own dissertation.

To find out more and to book a place, please click on the following link:
http://www.ed.ac.uk/schools-departments/institute-academic-development/postgraduate/taught/courses-events/open-workshops

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Workshop – Is My Writing Academic Enough? – 26th May 2017

(PGT) Is My Writing Academic Enough?

  • Friday 26th May 2017 @ 09:30 – 12:30 istock_000006051647xsmall

Does academic writing have to be dull or obscure, or can it be engaging and direct? This workshop explores the standards and expectations associated with academic writing. We will look at relevant linguistic and stylistic choices (active or passive? first or third person? plain English or jargon?) and consider academic conventions in terms of organisation and writing style. This is very much a ‘hands-on’ workshop with plenty of room for discussion.

Pre-Course Work:
Please bring a short piece of (your own) academic writing to this workshop.

To find out more and to book a place, please click on the following link:
http://www.ed.ac.uk/schools-departments/institute-academic-development/postgraduate/taught/courses-events/open-workshops

Workshop – Writing Bootcamp for Taught Postgraduate Students – 22nd and 27th June 2017

(PGT) Writing Bootcamp for Taught Postgraduate Students

  • Thursday 22nd June and Tuesday 27th June @ 09:00-17:00
  • Please note: You can only book onto Day 1 of the Writing Bootcamp (22/6/17). Once you have confirmed your place, we will book you onto Day 2 of the Writing Bootcamp by the 15th June 2017.

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

The Writing Bootcamp will give you a time and place for you to write without the distractions of emails, Facebook, Twitter and everyday life. There will be over 8 hours of writing time across the two days of the Writing Bootcamp. Each day will be split into half-day sessions and begin with a short Bitesize workshop, discussing tips and techniques. These will be followed by writing blocks where you will be writing based on your preparation. There will also be time between day 1 and day 2 to work your writing project. Participants will be sent the schedule and preparation instructions in advance of the Writing Bootcamp.

 

Between writing blocks there will be short breaks and refreshments available. There will be an hour break for lunch, but please note that lunch will not be provided (there are several cafes and shops nearby, or feel free to bring your own).

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

  • There will be over 8 hours of writing, split into 10 blocks over the two days.
  • You will get most out of the time by doing the preparatory work, following the instructions in the “Information for Participants”.
  • If you wish to write using a laptop, please bring your own with you. There will be plenty of power sockets.

By the end of the Writing Bootcamp we will have discussed and practised some writing strategies, considered the key aspects of the writing process (including proof-reading and editing), and have a personalised writing plan to take your writing forward, and, most importantly, done some writing!

Places are limited please only book a place if you are able to attend both days, 22nd and 27th June, in full.

To find out more and to book a place, please click on the following link:
http://www.ed.ac.uk/schools-departments/institute-academic-development/postgraduate/taught/courses-events/open-workshops

Workshop – Writing a Literature Review – 27 April 2017

(PGT) Writing a Literature Review

  • Thursday 27th April 2017 @ 09:30-12:30EDINBURGH UNIVERSITY

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.

To find out more and to book a place, please click on the following link:
http://www.ed.ac.uk/schools-departments/institute-academic-development/postgraduate/taught/courses-events/open-workshops

Workshop – Learn with Lynda.com – 18 April 2017

(PGT) Learn with Lynda.com (Online library of video courses)

  • Tuesday 18th April @ 10:00-11:30
lyndaThe University of Edinburgh provides all staff and students with access to Lynda.com, an online subscription library that teaches the latest technology, digital, creative, and business skills through high-quality instructional videos.
Find out how you can learn and teach with Lynda.com and
•Search for courses
•Create and share playlists
•Choose a career path
•Use playlist centre
•Share your certificates of achievement
This informal workshop will involve a presentation about Lynda.com, a demonstration on how to use it effectively and time to explore the online content and create your own playlist.
Open to all Postgraduate Taught Students.


To find out more and to book a place, please click on the following link:
http://www.ed.ac.uk/schools-departments/institute-academic-development/postgraduate/taught/courses-events/open-workshops

Managing your postgraduate journey

Studying for a postgraduate award through online learning allows a lot of flexibility but most students are balancing their studies with other commitments such as work or family.  As a result we find that students often report their studies as a very intensive time and welcome support that will enable them to engage with their studies more effectively (and in a time efficient way!).

The Careers Service and the Institute for Academic Development have developed a new resource, Supporting taught postgraduates, to help taught postgraduate students to engage quickly and effectively with their studies. The resources provide support during your programme to help you to achieve academically, and take opportunities for career enhancement, and to support you to make and realise successful career decisions.  It pulls together a lot of information that is scattered around other parts of the University website and ensures it is directly relevant for postgraduate students.  Covering topics such as academic writing, time management, critical thinking, and career planning, we hope it will be of use to you as you continue your studies at the University.

You can get an overview of the topics covered in the image below or go directly to the website.

Supporting taught postgraduates

Online Workshops – Postgrad Launchpad Part I: Thinking about a PhD? and Part II: What it’s like to be a PhD student – 23rd and 30th November 2016

(Online) Postgrad Launchpad – Part I: Thinking about a PhD?

  • Wednesday 23rd November 2016 @ 13:00 – 14:30

The IAD is holding an online panel discussion for all Taught Masters students who are considering applying for a PhD at the University of Edinburgh. Students will have the opportunity to ask staff questions about the PhD application process at the UnivHeeHaw/Edinburgh Uni/05.02.08ersity of Edinburgh; gain an insight into possible funding routes; and visa requirements. Representatives from Admissions, IAD, and the International Office will be at the event.

(Online) Postgrad Launchpad – Part II: What it’s like to be a PhD student

  • Wednesday 30th November 2016 @ 13:00-14:30

Got questions about doing a PhD? Want to talk to current Doctoral Researchers about doing a PhD?

The PhD Panel will allow you to engage with current Doctoral Researchers from the University of Edinburgh. The event will provide a great opportunity to network with current Doctoral Researchers and to ask any question about what it’s like to do a PhD.

These sessions 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:

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

 

Online Workshop: Getting Started with Your Dissertation – 25 March 2015

(PGT-Online) Getting Started with Your Dissertation HeeHaw/Edinburgh Uni/05.02.08

A dissertation 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. Finding and expressing your motivation will keeping you going through the intense, and sometimes challenging, dissertation period.

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.

The IAD is running a series of dissertation writing and planning workshops, for more information, please follow the link below.

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

To check the time zone – please click the following link:

https://eu1.bbcollab.com/site/external/isoTimeZoneConverter

Online Workshop – Project Planning – 20 Feb 2015

student with laptop(PGT – Online) Project Planning

  • Friday 20 February 2015 at 19:00 – 20:00 (UK Time)

All successful projects need to be planned, and while some of us are natural planners most of us need a little help.  In this online session we will apply some simple tools and techniques to help us solve many of the common problems we face and avoid others altogether.  We will focus particularly on where and how to begin planning a project and consider the three related aspects of time, budget and quality.

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 follow the following link:

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

Workshop: Creativity – 23 January 2015

calendar(PGT) Creativity

  • Friday 23 January 2015 at 13:30 – 16:30 (GMT)

Innovation and creativity are, in theory, the lifeblood of a university environment. Often, however, the in-depth detail of our work and the highly logical nature of PG study can be at odds with the creation of original ideas.

This workshop provides you with some techniques, enabling you to be more creative in your work and studies.

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