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Professional Development Series

Workshops are open to all staff and students in the School of Social and Political Science only.
Please get in touch if you are not sure of the level of workshop you should attend. 

 Events Date and Time Year of Study

Project Management
Speaker: Allan Gaw
MD, PhD, FRCPath, FFPM

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 academic 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 project

•             understand the common challenges that arise when managing a 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

A highly experienced medical researcher and educator, Allan has been working in academia for over 30 years. During his career he has held several senior directorates including Director of  the Glasgow Clinical Research Facility,  the Wellcome Trust CRF in Northern Ireland and currently as Associate Director for Education Quality Standards at the NIHR-CRN at Leeds University. This is in tandem with his work as a freelance medical educator, writer and research consultant.

25 October 2017 (2-4pm, Practice suite, CMB)
- Register here
UG, PGT, PGR, PhD

Using Social Media in a Research Context
Speaker: Clare De Mowbray, University of Edinburgh

Do you struggle to differentiate your ‘hashtags’ from your ‘retweets’? Ever thought about dipping a toe into the sea of blogging (as a means to raise your academic profile and interact with other researchers and knowledge users), but are not sure where to begin?  Help is at hand!

If you are interested in finding out how social media might help support your work, why not come along to this introductory workshop. The event will provide an overview on how blogging and Twitter can prove useful tools for profile building, knowledge exchange, and research impact.

As the event involves interactive elements it would be useful – but not essential – if participants could bring an internet-enabled device with them.

Clare is a Research Projects Officer, who takes a leading role in the School of Social and Political Science on web communications and strategy; including digital marketing, social media activities, database management and event organisation.

25 October 2017 (2-4pm, G.15 Seminar Room - Medical School Teviot Door 4)
-Register here
PGT, PGR, PhD

Career planning and job search strategy
- UG 3&4

Speaker: Jennifer Steven (Careers Service)

Planning what you want to do post university can feel quite overwhelming. This session will support you in thinking about your skills and motivation and how you can use this knowledge to make confident career choices - plus provide you with practical steps to help you move forward with your career planning. Identifying the most effective way to plan and manage your job search is also critical to success. This session will also offer an overview of the job market, suggest job search strategies and highlight resources available to support your efforts whether you’re looking for work experience, an internship or a graduate job.

26 October 2017 (1-2.30pm,  Seminar Room 4, CMB) - Register here UG 3&4
Digital Marketing Tips for Academic Blogs
Speaker: Clare De Mowbray
 

Planning your digital project? Join this session for top tips on how to create an effective academic blog, build your audience, link into other events, and make the most of your social media networks.

This is an interactive session, so please think about your digital project and come prepared with questions for Clare.

Essential for students undertaking Edinburgh Award in Digital Content Creation

Clare is a Research Projects Officer, who takes a leading role in the School of Social and Political Science on web communications and strategy; including digital marketing, social media activities, database management and event organisation.

1 November 2017 (1-2pm, 1.12 Practice Suite, CMB)
-Register here
UG, PGT, PGR, PhD
Communication Skills (Theory)

Speaker: Joanna Young

2 November 2017 (2-4pm, 1.12 Practice Suite, CMB)

-Register here

PGT, PGR & PhD

Career Planning - PGT, PGR & PhD

Speaker:
Jennifer Steven (Careers Service)
Planning what you want to do post university can feel quite overwhelming. This session will support you in thinking about your skills and motivation and how you can use this knowledge to make confident career choices - plus provide you with practical steps to help you move forward with your career planning. Identifying the most effective way to plan and manage your job search is also critical to success. This session will also offer an overview of the job market, suggest job search strategies and highlight resources available to support your efforts whether you’re looking for work experience, an internship or a graduate job.

7 November 2017 (1-2.30pm, Location TBC) Register here PGT, PGR & PhD

Knowledge Exchange and Impact

Speaker: TBC

8 November 2017 (2-3pm,  1.12 Practice Suite, CMB) - Register

Also repeated

29 November 2017  (2-3pm, 1.12 Practice Suite, CMB) - Register
PGT, PGR & PhD
How to: Event Management - planning

Speaker: Rav Panesar ( Institute of Academic Development)

 

Getting started with planning any event can be a daunting task. This one hour bite size workshop will allow you to focus on the practicalities and details to start planning and managing your event.

This workshop will set out to achieve the following aspects of event management:

  • Planning and developing goals and objectives for your event
  • What do you hope to achieve- what is your vision for this event?
  • To get your event off the ground and running
14 November 2017 (1-2pm, Practice Suite, Floor,CMB) - Register here UG, PGT, PGR, PhD
Presentation Skills for PGT, PGR, PhD

Speaker: Iain Davidson (Seeing Stone)

 

A short and punchy two hour course to explore how to design and deliver your work to both critical and larger audiences. We will begin by discovering how to approach and interpret each presentation brief as both a rational and creative brief. Then we will study audiences and how to design for different needs and expectations. In the second hour we will quickly run through structure and design before dealing with audience interaction in conference or seminar settings. The class will be supported with examples from TED talks and you will be encouraged to work on your own powerful and personal opening statements.

Please note that this will be a relaxed but highly interactive course and the more you put in, the more you will get out!

Notes and materials will be forwarded after the course to participants.

Skills to be explored: design thinking, creative confidence, speech and body language, professional presentations.     

15 November 2017 (2-4pm, Practice Suite, 1st Floor CMB) -  Register

Also repeated 

13 February 2018 (2-4pm, Practice Suite, 1st Floor CMB) - Register

PGT, PGR, PhD
Communication Skills

Speaker: Mark McAteer (Fire and Rescue Scotland)

15 November 2017 (2-4pm, location TBC)

- Register here
 

ALL UG, PGT, PGR, PhD
Presentation Skills UG
(Repeated session)

Speaker: Iain Davidson (Seeing Stone)
16th November 2017 (2-4pm, Practice Suite, 1st Floor,CMB) - Register here ALL UG PGT, PGR, PhD
How to: Event Promotion

Speaker: Rav Panesar ( Institute of Academic Development)

 

With event planning and practicalities in progress, it is time to think about the next steps in making your event a success.  This one hour bite size session will encourage you to think about the marketing and advertisement tools available to you, in order to promote to your target audience effectively.

This workshop will be looking at the following aspects of promotion:

  • Forming your titles and descriptions
  • Target Audience: who do you want to reach?
  • How will you reach your audience/s?
21 November 2017 (1-2pm, Location TBC) - Register here UG, PGT, PGR, PhD
Career Insight Event: So you want to work in international development?

Speaker: Sarah Ralston
22 November 2017 (2-4pm, Practice Suite, 1st Floor CMB) - Register here UG 3&4
Decision Making and Influencing

Speaker: Allan Gaw
28 November 2017 (2-4pm, Practice Suite, 1st Floor CMB) - Register here UG, PGT, PGR, PhD
Is a PhD right for you?

Speaker: Elke Heins
29 November 2017 (1-3.30pm, Practice Suite, 1st Floor,CMB) - Register here PGT, PGR, PhD

Knowledge Exchange and Impact

(Repeated session)

Speaker: TBC

29 November 2017  (2-3pm, Location TBC) - Register PGT, PGR, PhD
CVs, Cover Letters and Interviews -PGT, PGR & PhD

Speaker: Jennifer Steven (Careers Service)

Writing an effective CV, cover letter or application is important for success during the recruitment process. Attend this seminar to find out how to tailor each of these documents to the employer and position in order to make your application stand out. Your CV/cover letter/applications are your opportunity to promote yourself and convince employers you are the right person for the job so we will look at writing concisely and persuasively to ensure you communicate the skills and motivations that make you a strong fit. By the end of this seminar you will understand how to identify employers’ requirements, have learnt the skills needed to tailor your documents for individual employers/roles and understand what to include.

16 January 2018 (1-2.30pm, Location TBC) - Register here PGT, PGR, PhD
Linked In: Developing Your Profile

Speaker:  Jennifer Steven (Careers Service)


This seminar will cover building an effective LinkedIn profile with tips on what to include in each section, how to increase your visibility, and techniques to help you connect and build relationships on LinkedIn. By the end of the seminar you will know how to create an effective profile, understand what to include in each section of your profile and discover the best ways to connect and stay in touch with other people.

24 January 2018 (Time and Location TBC) Register here UG, PGT, PGR, PhD
The Art of Strategic Questioning

Speaker: David Steinberg ( Reykjavik Sky Consulting)

This advanced questioning skills workshop empowers students with a new approach to enquiry designed to provide them with a competitive advantage throughout their careers. The breakthrough questioning method is steeped in investigative journalism, urban design, social psychology, and Newtonian physics. It emphasises humility, finely tuned listening, and empathy. The format features short video clips of interviews conducted by today’s top TV reporters and hosts in the US, UK and Canada to reinforce principles and techniques.

Topics

  • The Optimum Questioning Mindset
  • The Seven Deadly Sins of Questions
  • Principles of Great Questions
  • Strategies to Craft Compelling Question Sequences
24 January 2018 (1330-1630, Practice Suite, Floor,CMB) - Register here

Also repeated

15 February 2018 (1330-1630, Practice Suite, Floor,CMB) - Register here
PGT, PGR, PhD

Interview Skills - Mock Interviews -PGT, PGR & PhD

Speaker: Jennifer Steven (Careers Service)

This interactive workshop will give you the opportunity to review your interview preparation approach, formulate suitable answers, and practise your technique. By the end of this workshop you will - understand the impact of effective preparation, learn performance techniques to enable a successful interview, recognise and articulate your experience and skills in a relevant and persuasive manner and practise structuring and articulating effective answers.

30 January 2018 (1-2.30pm, Practice Suite, 1st Floor CMB) - Register here PGT, PGR, PhD

Project Management

Speaker: Allan Gaw
MD, PhD, FRCPath, FFPM

A highly experienced medical researcher and educator, Allan has been working in academia for over 30 years. During his career he has held several senior directorates including Director of  the Glasgow Clinical Research Facility,  the Wellcome Trust CRF in Northern Ireland and currently as Associate Director for Education Quality Standards at the NIHR-CRN at Leeds University. This is in tandem with his work as a freelance medical educator, writer and research consultant.

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 academic 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 project

•             understand the common challenges that arise when managing a 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

A highly experienced medical researcher and educator, Allan has been working in academia for over 30 years. During his career he has held several senior directorates including Director of  the Glasgow Clinical Research Facility,  the Wellcome Trust CRF in Northern Ireland and currently as Associate Director for Education Quality Standards at the NIHR-CRN at Leeds University. This is in tandem with his work as a freelance medical educator, writer and research consultant.

7 February 2018 (1-2pm, Practice Suite, Floor,CMB) - Register PGT, PGR, PhD
How to: Event Feedback

Speaker: Rav Panesar ( Institute of Academic Development)

 

Your event has been a success – but how will you measure and assess this success? Feedback is a very important aspect that should be addressed but often overlooked due to the main event already having taken place.

This one hour bite size session will encourage you to look at and explore the following areas:

  • Feedback styles
  • What do you want to achieve from the feedback provided
  • What is the legacy of your event?
8 February 2018 (1-2pm, Practice Suite, Floor,CMB) - Register here UG, PGT, PGR, PhD
Networking 

Speaker: Sarah Ralston
8 February 2018 ( 2-4pm, Practice Suite, Floor,CMB) - Register here UG, PGT, PGR, PhD

Presentation Skills for PGT, PGR, PhD
(Repeated session)

Speaker: Iain Davidson
 

A short and punchy two hour course to explore how to design and deliver your work to both critical and larger audiences. We will begin by discovering how to approach and interpret each presentation brief as both a rational and creative brief. Then we will study audiences and how to design for different needs and expectations. In the second hour we will quickly run through structure and design before dealing with audience interaction in conference or seminar settings. The class will be supported with examples from TED talks and you will be encouraged to work on your own powerful and personal opening statements.

Please note that this will be a relaxed but highly interactive course and the more you put in, the more you will get out!

Notes and materials will be forwarded after the course to participants.

Skills to be explored: design thinking, creative confidence, speech and body language, professional presentations.     

13 February 2018 (2-4pm, Practice Suite, 1st Floor CMB) - Register PGT, PGR, PhD
Creativity and Problem Solving
(Repeated Session)

Speaker: Steve Hutchinson
14 February 2018 (2-4pm, Location TBC) - Register here UG, PGT, PGR, PhD
Pursuing a Career in Academia

Speaker: Dr James Mittra (University of Edinburgh)

 
14 February 2018 (2-4pm, Practice Suite, Floor,CMB) - Register here PGT, PGR, PhD
The Art of Strategic Questioning
(Repeated session)

Speaker: David Steinberg ( Reykjavik Sky Consulting) 

 

This advanced questioning skills workshop empowers students with a new approach to enquiry designed to provide them with a competitive advantage throughout their careers. The breakthrough questioning method is steeped in investigative journalism, urban design, social psychology, and Newtonian physics. It emphasises humility, finely tuned listening, and empathy. The format features short video clips of interviews conducted by today’s top TV reporters and hosts in the US, UK and Canada to reinforce principles and techniques.

Topics

  • The Optimum Questioning Mindset
  • The Seven Deadly Sins of Questions
  • Principles of Great Questions
  • Strategies to Craft Compelling Question Sequences
15 February 2018 (1330-1630, Practice Suite, Floor,CMB)  - Register here PGT, PGR, PhD
 CVs, Cover Letters and applications - UG 3&4

Speaker: Jennifer Steven (Careers Service)

 

Writing an effective CV, cover letter or application is important for success during the recruitment process. Attend this seminar to find out how to tailor each of these documents to the employer and position in order to make your application stand out. Your CV/cover letter/applications are your opportunity to promote yourself and convince employers you are the right person for the job so we will look at writing concisely and persuasively to ensure you communicate the skills and motivations that make you a strong fit. By the end of this seminar you will understand how to identify employers’ requirements, have learnt the skills needed to tailor your documents for individual employers/roles and understand what to include.

27 February  2018 (1-2.30pm, Practice Suite, 1st Floor CMB) - Register here  UG 3&4
Linked In: Putting Your Profile to Work 

Speaker:  Jennifer Steven (Careers Service)
28 February 2018 (Time and Location TBC) Register here UG, PGT, PGR, PhD

How to perform well at interviews 

 - UG 3&4

Speaker: Jennifer Steven (Careers Service)

This interactive workshop will give you the opportunity to review your interview preparation approach, formulate suitable answers, and practise your technique. By the end of this workshop you will - understand the impact of effective preparation, learn performance techniques to enable a successful interview, recognise and articulate your experience and skills in a relevant and persuasive manner and practise structuring and articulating effective answers

6 March 2018 (1-2.30pm, Practice Suite, 1st Floor CMB) - Register here UG 3&4
Cross-Cultural Communications

Speaker: Lorraine Porteous
7 March 2018 (2-4pm, Practice Suite, 1st Floor CMB) - Register here

Also repeated

21 March 2018 (2-4pm, Practice Suite, 1st Floor CMB) - Register here
PGT, PGR, PhD
Cross-Cultural Communications
(Repeated session)

Speaker: Lorraine Porteous
21 March 2018 (2-4pm, Practice Suite, 1st Floor CMB) - Register here PGT, PGR, PhD
Turning Research into Policy

Speaker: Victoria Loughlin ( Scottish Government)
24 April 2018 (2-4pm, Practice Suite, 1st Floor CMB) - Register here PGT, PGR, PhD

Past Events

Managing Teams

Speaker: Clare Wood (Global Head of Investment Assurance - First State)

'Taking on the World' - C. Wood (Women in Banking and Finance

11 October 2017 (3-5pm, Practice Suite, 1st Floor,CMB) - Register here UG, PGT, PGR, PhD

Presentation Skills UG

Speaker: Iain Davidson (Seeing Stone)

This short two hour course will explore how to read a presentation brief and use design thinking techniques to build and deliver a professional presentation with flair and confidence.We will watch and explore TED talks and techniques before shifting to working on your design decisions and your opening minutes before an audience. The course will finish with a quick look at how to respond and answer audience feedback and questions.

Please note that this will be a relaxed but highly interactive course and the more you put in, the more you will get out!

Notes and materials will be forwarded after the course to participants.

Skills to be explored: design thinking, creative confidence, body language, professional presentations.    

18 October 2017 (2-4pm, Practice Suite, 1st Floor,CMB) - Register here

Also repeated

16th November 2017 (2-4pm, Practice Suite, 1st Floor,CMB) - Register here

UG, PGT, PGR, PhD
Creativity and Problem Solving
*SESSION FULL*

Speaker: Steve Hutchinson
18 October 2017 (2-4pm, Seminar room 4, CMB) - Register here *SESSION FULL*

Also repeated

14 February 2018 (2-4pm, Location TBC) - Register here
UG, PGT, PGR, PhD
Edinburgh Graduations