Postgrad Launchpad on campus- What it’s like to be a PhD student – 30 November 2017

(Postgrad Launchpad) – What it’s like to be a PhD student

  • Thursday 30th November 2017 @ 13:00-14:00

This interactive session will give you more insight into what PhD study is really like. Put your questions to current PhD students during our panel discussion, and find out more about studying at the doctoral level through our Institute for Academic Development session.

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Thinking about further study? You may have just started your Masters but if you are thinking of applying for a PhD now is the time to get started!

Postgrad Launchpad runs events throughout the year to help students find out more about what it is like to study for a PhD, how to find a PhD, applying for PhDs and information around the types of funding available.

For more information about these events and to book:


Workshop – Searching Research Literature and Managing Bibliographies – 25th October 2017

(PGT) Searching Research Literature and Managing Bibliographies

  • Wednesday 25th October 2017 @ 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 practice in literature searching.UNI 11

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:

Run your own event as part of the Festival of Creative Learning! 19 – 23 February 2018

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The Festival of Creative Learning is a year-long series of events exploring creative learning and innovation at the University of Edinburgh, culminating in a curated week of events each February. All staff and students are now invited to apply for up to £500 to run an event during the second Festival of Creative Learning next 19-23 February. The deadline for submissions is Monday 23 October. Successful applicants will have access to ongoing support from the Festival team and Event Organiser community to help realise your ideas – no prior event management experience required.

Find more information on our aims and values, the history of the Festival and how to apply or get involved in other ways on our website. Follow us on Twitter and Instagram @UoE_FCL and Facebook @FCLUoE. You can also join our mailing list for updates (EASE log in required) or email us at

Workshop – Dissertation Planning and Writing – 15 June 2017

(PGT) Dissertation Planning & Writing

  • Thursday 15th June 2017 @ 13:30-16:30istock_000020658968small

This workshop is for suitable for all taught postgraduate (PGT) students who are thinking about starting or have started their dissertation.

A dissertation is a key part of a masters programme. It’s a chance for you to plan and undertake a significant body of your own research. This can be a very rewarding experience, but can present many challenges: What exactly is a dissertation and what does it look like? Where do I start? When do I stop? How do I do it?

This interactive workshop will focus on practical strategies for successfully completing your dissertation; from emphasizing the importance of good planning to actually getting started with writing. Themes of the workshop include:

  • Effective planning
  • Thinking about the examiner’s point of view
  • Critical reading and analysis of sources, and writing
  • Effective writing

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

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:

Calling all Masters students: Chance to share your inspiring ideas for a better world!

Falling Walls Lab Edinburgh is looking for twenty excellent young academics, paintingentrepreneurs and professionals aged 35 or under with bold and fresh ideas which could have a positive impact on society. You will have 3 minutes to pitch your research or business idea to a high profile panel of judges and an interested audience of academics and representatives from business and policy organisation at the Falling Walls Lab Edinburgh on 29th July 2014. There will be a chance to network during the event and the best presenter will have the chance to speak at the international Lab Finale in Berlin on 8th November 2014.

You can apply to present here:

The application form is straightforward. You will be asked to provide:

  • your contact details,
  • higher education qualifications (plus publications if you have them),
  • your motivation for applying,
  • the title of your talk and a one sentence summary,
  • and upload a PDF your CV


The applications will be reviewed in early June after the deadline and we will let you know as soon as possible if you have been successful. There will also be specialist pitching and presentation training available in late June so you feel fully prepared to take to the stage at the event on 29th July.

You can see the videos of previous winners online here:

If you have any questions, please contact Lara Isbel at