Workshop -(PGT) It’s About Time…Managing Time – 20 February 2017

(PGT) It’s About Time…Managing Time Personal Efficiency and Effectiveness

  • Monday 20th February 2017 @ 14:00-17:00

This workshop will help you to:book

• Reflect on your current actions and priorities
• Behave efficiently as well as effectively and so manage your time more productively.
• Prioritize and place your focus in appropriate areas

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


Online Workshop: Working Effectively Around Your Life -21 October 2016

(PGT – Online) Working Effectively Around Your Life

  • Friday 21 October 2016 @ 12:30- 13:3022

This course is aimed at part-time, online and other PGT students who have substantial commitments in addition to their academic workload.

A masters course is an intensive and demanding period. You have to fit a lot of challenging work in around your life, your work, your family etc. and try to keep up the momentum going between semesters. This online, interactive workshop aims to give you practical tips and strategies to working effectively for your masters.

Participants are encouraged to ask questions and raise issues they would like to discuss.

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

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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.

Workshop: Practical Proofreading and Editing – 14 July 2016

(PGT) Practical Proofreading and Editing

  • Thursday 14 July 2016 @ 10:00 – 12:30

students at UoEA dissertation is a significant piece of academic writing and a major investment of time and effort. It is also the defining feature of a Master’s degree, so it is worth presenting it well.

This interactive session will introduce strategies to help you incorporate revising into your personal writing process.  It will highlight tricky things which tend to catch students out, suggest useful tools and offer tips to help you submit your best work.

To find out more and to book a place, please click on 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: Time Management and Poster Production-3 February 2016

calendar(PGT) Take Five: Time Management

  • Wednesday 3 February 2016 at 09:30 -12:30

There are many methods of considering, examining and quantifying how we use our time, and they all can be extremely valid. However, there are a few fundamental questions which should be addressed before this course can be effective.

Albert Einstein once said that the definition of insanity was doing the same thing and expecting a different result, and so this is true of how we use our time. Do we really want to change? Are we prepared to learn new habits?

Taking time to look at how we use time might appear to be a rather strange concept, but arguably not as strange as thinking that time is something that we can somehow manufacture.

Participants should leave with greater clarity about what goals are important to them and, furthermore, how they might reach them. Through discussion, exercise and coaching, participants will gain a greater insight into how their values and attitudes relate to their choices, and how realistic those choices might be.

(PGT) Poster Production

  • Wednesday 3 February 2016 at 13:30 – 16:30

As a postgraduate, this course will help you with the initial layout and design of an academic poster. The course will show that creating an effective poster improves your ability to make an impact in a crowded setting, engage with those attending and then both succinctly and clearly communicate your research.

Focusing on the practical elements of a poster and the event you show it at, the session will take you through the process of the production and presentation of your ‘research on a page’.

As a group we’ll discuss a variety of real examples of academic poster styles; what works, what doesn’t, what is expected and what can perhaps be challenged. We’ll explore ideas on balance, colour, content and structure to help you create a poster that is as unique as it is effective.

The university facilities and technical assistance available will also be discussed.

This course does not consider specific content for posters; it focuses on the medium of communication that a poster is.

Whether you already have produced a poster or not, this course asks that you arrive having considered what yours might include and what impact you might want it to have.

Booking details can be found:

Workshops and Events for Postgraduate Students – January 2015

studentsOn-campus workshops and events

The Institute for Academic Development are hosting a number of workshops tailored to the requirements of taught masters students at the University of Edinburgh.

The following workshops are taking place in January 2015 and are open to all taught masters students. Workshop descriptions and booking link can be found here:

  • (PGT) Support for Masters Students: Focus Group – Join us at this focus group to give your opinion on the IAD Masters support
    • Monday 19 January 2015 at 10.00-11.30 (GMT)

Booking link:

  • (PGT) Study Skills Consultation (one to one)
    • Tuesday 20 January 2015 various time slots (See link below for details)
    • Wednesday 21 January 2015 various time slots (See link below for details)
  • (PGT) Mastering Networking: Preparatory session for students attending mixer events
    • Wednesday 21 January 2015 at 13:30-16:30 (GMT)
  • (PGT) Study Skills: Critical Reading, essay planning and writing
    • Thursday 22 January 2015 at 13:30-16:30 (GMT)
  • (PGT) Creativity 
    • Friday 23 January 2015 at 13:30-16:30 (GMT)
  • (PGT-HSS) Searching for Literature
    • Friday 23 January 2015 at 09:30 – 12:30 (GMT)
  • (PGT) Poster Production
    • Tuesday 27 January 2015 at 14:00-17:00 (GMT)
  • (PGT) Time Management
    • Wednesday 28 January 2015 at 09:30-12:30 (GMT)

To register:


Time and goal management workshop for online distance learners


(PGT – ODL) Time, Flow and Managing our working lives: A new time and goal management course for ODL Students

  • Thursday 16 October 2014 16:00-17:00 GMT

‘Time, Flow and Managing Our Working Lives’ is a new course which will try to challenge the way you think about traditional time management and goal setting models.

This is a highly interactive exploration of the importance of understanding and working with new models in time and personal management. The course is designed to focus on the work of both professionals and students.

We’ll explore themes in self management such as:

  • Chronological preferences and their importance
  • Schedule time and flow time
  • Self management tips that work and those that don’t
  • How to prioritise and set time for ‘flow’ work
  • How to stop worrying about the work/life balance
  • How to take control of our well-being and performance
  • Why work doesn’t always happen at work
  • Models for goal setting and effectiveness that work


  1. To explore your personal time and goal preferences
  2. To understand your working day and how to make it more fulfilling and effective
  3. To help plan core time for key projects and core tasks
  4. To prioritise workload and become relaxed and effective under pressure and to understand the concept of ‘flow’

This course is open to all postgraduate online distance students. 
The session will be delivered via Blackboard Collaborate.
To find out more and to book a place, please click here.

Project Planning – 13 Feb 2014

calendar‘How do you plan your first research project? This session explains the basics of project planning and helps you to apply them to academic research and your research project in particular.

Various tools and techniques will be discussed to help you think creatively and plan your project.  We will also look at how you can manage your time and yourself effectively during your research.

Course contents include:

  •    Project planning – understanding constraints, scope and purpose
  •    Project planning techniques – mind maps, drill down, risk analysis and planning charts (including reviewing and monitoring)
  •    Time Management – approaches and tools
  •    Professional Working Relationships in the research environment

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

Booking details can be found: