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Professional Development Workshops

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

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

In this workshop we will discuss:

    -Creating solutions to challenging problems

    -Defining the problem to be solved

    -Generating solutions and techniques to approaching problem solving

    -Creating a supportive environment for problem solving and dealing with adverse situations/feedback


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

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

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.

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 & UG 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

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

 

Communicating, networking and the online connection

How to communicate effectively both within and beyond your organisation is key for collaboration and knowledge exchange. Building a network is a requirement for all professionals, whether it is in an academic research setting, industry engagement or at a conference.

Using the online environment to complement your offline efforts can also be valuable. A range of new tools now exist to enhance online communication methods and researchers can take advantage of these to enhance their profiles, even before they have published any of their work.

In this session we will cover both online and offline communication, strategy and various tools. The session will include short talks, group discussion and individual exercises.

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
(1-2pm, Practice Suite 1.12, CMB) Register here
PGT, PGR & PhD

POSTPONED Online Copyright and Intellectual Property *Digital Content Creation Workshop*

Speaker: Charlie Farlie and Eugene Stoica, University of Edinburgh

Are you ready to be challenged? Can you work out the legal way to incorporate external materials on your blog site? In this interactive session you will be working in groups to trouble shoot and problem solve the kinds of copyright and IP challenges you will come up against when publishing digital content.

Intellectual Property is everywhere today: from social media, online learning, music and video streaming to peer-to-peer networks. They all require a basic understanding of copyright and how creative works are protected by copyright law. What are the rights of the content creators, as well as the rights of the users?

This Copyright and IP Online course is well-suited to those who require a basic understanding of copyright law, licensing, and open educational resources. We’ll discuss copyright related issues from the point of view of a student and that of an employee in a commercial organisation. Copyright IP Online course is an important way to build confidence, awareness and skills, enabling compliance with the law and open educational resources.

Tuesday, 7 November 2017, 2-4pm, 01M.473 Teaching room 13, Teviot Medical school, Doorway 3
Book Here 
UG, PGT, PGR, PhD

Knowledge Exchange and Impact

Speaker: Dr Shonagh McEwan

What difference can your research make? And how do you go about making an impact from your research? Demonstrating the benefits research has on wider society is now more important than ever, providing researchers with a responsibility as well as opportunities to engage with people beyond academia as part of their research. In this session Shonagh McEwen, Knowledge Exchange and Communications Advisor for the College of Arts Humanities and Social Science, will introduce the “impact agenda” in academia, provide some examples of how social science research can have impact, give hints and tips on how to go about engaging, and signpost support and resources available.

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
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)

 

A short two hour course to explore some of the key issues and principles of organisational and personal communications.   We will study the difference between the different strands of communications; the challenges organisational mangers face and how communications skills can be improved.

The course will focus on your own goals for team working and help you to become a better communicator and potential leader.

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: Understanding communications, understanding organisational communications dynamics, how to improve communications skills.

15 November 2017
2-4pm, G.16 Seminar Room - Doorway 4, Medical School Teviot)

Register here

ALL UG, PGT, PGR, PhD

Presentation Skills UG
(Repeated session)
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.     

16th November 2017
(2-4pm, Practice Suite, 1st Floor,CMB) - Register here
ALL UG 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
21 November 2017
(SR 1,CMB) - Register here
UG, PGT, PGR, PhD

Project Management

Speaker: Rhian Davies

This workshop introduces you to practical project management tools and techniques to help you plan and manage your own projects, including: -

Part 1

  • What is a project?  What is project management?
  • Laying the foundations - How to give your project a firm foundation for success by clearly defining ‘why’, ‘what’ and ‘how’

Part 2

  • Planning the journey – How to put together a realistic project plan step by step

Part 3

  • Right people, right message – How to get the right people engaged in your project & to keep them engaged
  • Adapt & survive - Understanding the importance of considering risk, and what to do when things change or go wrong
22 November 2017
(2.30-4.30pm, Practice Suite, 1st Floor CMB) - Register here

Recommended for students on the Edinburgh Award: Digital Content Creation
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?
23 November 2017
(1-2pm, Location TBC) - Register here
UG, PGT, PGR, PhD
Decision Making and Influencing *LAST FEW PLACES REMAINING*

Speaker: Allan Gaw MD, PhD, FRCPath, FFPM
 

We all make decisions every day. However, that doesn’t mean we all find it easy.  Indeed, the ability to make good decisions may make the difference between success and failure in many aspects of life.  What influences our decision-making?  What is a good decision?  How can we arrive at the best possible decision?   How do we think about risk? During this half-day workshop we will address these questions, using a mixture of short interactive lectures interspersed with activities that will allow you to discover what kind of decision-maker you are, and to put your decision making into practice.

After the workshop each participant will:

  • Understand the factors — economic, psychological and social — that influence your own decision making and that of others
  • Be able to define an important decision and an effective decision
  • Be able to use these insights to make more effective personal decisions
  • Be able to understand the decision making of others and how you may influence it 
  • Appreciate how individuals think and decide about risk.
28 November 2017 
(2-4pm, Practice Suite, 1st Floor CMB) - Register here
UG, PGT, PGR, PhD
Is a PhD right for you?

Speaker: Dr. Elke Heins and Dr. Lynne Robertson-Rose


Join Dr Elke Heins, Deputy Director (Research) at the Graduate School of Social and Political Science and Dr Lynne Robertson-Rose, Teaching Fellow in Social Policy, for lunch followed by a session on what to consider when approaching a PhD and reflecting on whether a PhD is the right career option. This session will look at writing a research proposal, finding a supervisor, the application process, and potential funding opportunities. Information is given on the annual review process. Apart from research, what else does a PhD entail and what are possible career paths post-doctoral study?

This session is relevant for all students considering a PhD academic career path.

Free lunch is provided. Please let us know if you have any dietary requirements when booking.


This will not count towards the Edinburgh Award. 

29 November 2017 
(1-3.30pm, Practice Suite, 1st Floor,CMB) - Register here
PGT, PGR, PhD
Leadership Demystified

Speaker:Professor Susan Deacon CBE
 

Everybody talks about it - but what do we mean by ‘Leadership’? Why does it matter? What does effective leadership look like in a fast moving, interconnected world? Do you aspire to be a leader and if so, how and for what? Where do you start? How do you demonstrate leadership skills when you are a student or soon to be recent graduate? What do you need to do now to equip yourself to be a leader in the future?

Susan Deacon has been involved in the study and practice of leadership for more than 30 years - from her early undergraduate days at the University of Edinburgh through to Government office and senior Board room roles. Based on her extensive experience, hear about the meaning of leadership and explore how to develop your own leadership potential. 

29th November 2017 ( 2-4pm,  1.20 Dugald Stewart Building) 
- Register here
UG, PGT, PGR, PhD

Knowledge Exchange and Impact

(Repeated session)

Speaker: Dr Shonagh McEwan

What difference can your research make? And how do you go about making an impact from your research? Demonstrating the benefits research has on wider society is now more important than ever, providing researchers with a responsibility as well as opportunities to engage with people beyond academia as part of their research. In this session Shonagh McEwen, Knowledge Exchange and Communications Advisor for the College of Arts Humanities and Social Science, will introduce the “impact agenda” in academia, provide some examples of how social science research can have impact, give hints and tips on how to go about engaging, and signpost support and resources available.  

29 November 2017 
(2-3pm, Location TBC) - Register
PGT, PGR, PhD

**POSTPONED**
Basecamp - Project management software training


This is a practical session to facilitate the set-up of your digital project. Please bring with you prep for your team’s digital project and make sure you have a laptop/tablet for your team with a Basecamp account ready to go. For students who already use Basecamp, Johanna will be on hand to trouble shoot, give you top tips and if necessary suggest alternative software.

We can be flexible and if it turns out that all the students are from John Harries group working on the online journal project, then we can reframe this session as necessary.
 

Speaker: Johanna Holtan, University of Edinburgh 

Wednesday, 29 November 2017 (3-4.30pm)
-Register here
UG, PGT, PGR, PhD
CVs and Cover Letters  -PGT, PGR & PhD

**Fully Booked - waiting list in opperation**


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.

18 January 2018 
(LG 11, David Hume Tower) - 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
(2-3.30pm, Seminar Room 4 ) - 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 include:

  • 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

Performing well at interview -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 (1-2.00pm, Practice Suite, 1st Floor CMB) - Register here PGT, PGR, PhD
The Theory of Managing Effective Teams

Speaker: Iain Davidson (Seeing Stone)
 

A short two hour course to explore some of the key theories and principles of team working and building and leading in teams. We will study the difference between teams and groups, individual and collective working practices, how teams thrive or fail, how to develop an open and shared learning environment and how to motivate individuals and build team effectiveness. We will look at ideas from a variety of activities including the worlds of business, sport, theatre and medicine.

The course will focus on your own goals for team working and help you to become a better informed and knowledgeable team member and potential leader.

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: Understanding team working and how effective teams work, understanding how all team members must learn to lead and co-operate, how different skills and perspectives create strength but also how teams fail if managed or lead badly.

30 January 2018 (2.30-4.30pm, Practice Suite, 1st Floor CMB) - Register here PGT, PGR, PhD
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
31 January 2018
(2-4pm, Seminar Room 4 CMB) - Register here
UG, PGT, PGR, PhD

Engaging with International Development Professionals

Speaker: Mark Keen, IOD Parc

International Development is a field occupied by professionals in very different organisational and institutional contexts and from a wide range of technical and academic disciplines. This workshop aims to help new professionals understand how different discourses, cultures and ways of working may impact on how they work in the field. By reflecting on their own assumptions and expectations of their role this workshop aims to enhance participants ability to maximise their engagement with the broad range of people and contexts they are likely to encounter as their career progresses.

This session will be a combination of interactive sessions including small and medium group work and some plenary inputs. It will be facilitated by Mark Keen, Managing Director of IOD PARC a medium sized consultancy firm based in Edinburgh and Sheffield. Mark is an institutional change and evaluation expert and has worked in International Development for 20 years and has worked in over 30 countries in Africa, Asia, the Middle East and Europe. Current clients include the World Bank, UNICEF, DFID, WaterAid and The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

31 January 2018, (2-4pm, 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

7 February 2018 (2-4pm, Practice Suite, 1st Floor,CMB) - Register PGT, PGR, PhD
Facilitation Skills and Workshop Design

Speaker: Mark Keen, IOD Parc and Erica Packington, a Director of IOD PARC
 

Most international development engagement will at some point involve structured sessions working with groups of stakeholders to increase shared understanding, make decisions or develop agreed ways forward. Whether you work for an NGO, a bilateral or multilateral aid agency, an academic institution or private company it is likely you will need to design and structure workshops which facilitate these processes. This session explores the different approaches to facilitation and the skills and tools required to do it effectively. In particular it will focus on the need to understand your own style and learning processes and how these may impact on how you approach workshop design.

This session will be a combination of interactive sessions including small and medium group work and some plenary inputs. It will be facilitated by Erica Packington, a Director of IOD PARC a medium sized consultancy firm based in Edinburgh and Sheffield. Erica is an Anthropologist be training and an expert in communication and organisational change. She has been working in International Development for over 10 years. Current clients include DFAT, DFID, Food for Soul, Skype, the British Council, Girl Effect Mobile, UNRWA and The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

7 February 2018 (2-5pm, G.15 seminar room Doorway 4 medical school Teviot ) - Register UG, PGT, PGR, PhD

How to: Event Feedback

Speaker: Katie Scott 

As an event host it’s often hard to tell if your event went well, what attendees gained from it and if it’s worth running again. This workshop will offer you the chance to reflect on why we evaluate our events, how we measure impact and what to do with this information once we get it. The workshop will be fun, interactive and informative.

  • Participants will gain a strong understanding of the purpose and value of taking a planned approach to measuring the impact of their events.
  • Participants will explore approaches to embedding evaluation, capturing feedback and using this to inform future practice.
  • Participants will have the opportunity to put there learning in to place through action-led practice.
  • Participants will leave with an Action Plan on how to approach measuring the impact of their events going forward.
8 February 2018 (1-2pm, Practice Suite, Floor,CMB) - Register here UG, PGT, PGR, PhD

Presentation Skills
(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
 

This interactive and practical workshop will explore several methods of creative problem solving that you will be able to use during your Masters studies, your dissertation research and later in your career.  The tools which will be explored include those to help you generate ideas, solve complex problems and work more effectively in collaborative situations.  

In this workshop we will discuss:

-Creating solutions to challenging problems

-Defining the problem to be solved

-Generating solutions and techniques to approaching problem solving

-Creating a supportive environment for problem solving and dealing with adverse situations/feedback

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, Head of STIS, University of Edinburgh

In this informal and interactive session, James Mittra (Head of STIS) will try to answer all your questions and bust any myths surrounding academic careers within the  university sector. He will provide a brief overview of the different types of academic roles/titles and potential career options and trajectories open to people with PhDs, and talk to you about what selection panels are looking for and how they will evaluate your accomplishments. We will also look at some job adverts and talk through some key points to consider when applying for post-doc, lectureship, and teaching/career development positions.  This session will be particularly useful for later stage PhD students who do want to pursue an academic career within a university, and would like to know a bit more about the opportunities and challenges ahead.'  
14 February 2018 (2-4pm, Practice Suite, Floor,CMB) - Register here 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

No Idea For My Career  *Postponed due to weather conditions

Speaker: Jennifer Steven (Careers Service)
 

This workshop is designed for students who are unsure of what they want to do after their studies. Through a series of exercises, we will help you better understand you skills, values, motivations and consider how to define an effective job search strategy. Focusing on very practical steps to help you move forward with your career planning, this workshop is not to be missed if you’re unsure about what to do next. By the end of the session you’ll have a better understanding of your own skills, abilities and values and how to relate these to your career choice, where to find relevant information and how to take your career ideas forward.

1 March 2018 (2-4pm, Practice Suite, 1st Floor CMB) - Register here UG,  PGT, PGR & PhD

Online Copyright and Intellectual Property  *Postponed due to weather conditions

Speaker: Charlie Farlie and Eugene Stoica, University of Edinburgh

Are you ready to be challenged? Can you work out the legal way to incorporate external materials on your blog site? In this interactive session you will be working in groups to trouble shoot and problem solve the kinds of copyright and IP challenges you will come up against when publishing digital content.

Intellectual Property is everywhere today: from social media, online learning, music and video streaming to peer-to-peer networks. They all require a basic understanding of copyright and how creative works are protected by copyright law. What are the rights of the content creators, as well as the rights of the users?

This Copyright and IP Online course is well-suited to those who require a basic understanding of copyright law, licensing, and open educational resources. We’ll discuss copyright related issues from the point of view of a student and that of an employee in a commercial organisation. Copyright IP Online course is an important way to build confidence, awareness and skills, enabling compliance with the law and open educational resources.

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

Speaker: Lorraine Porteous
 

You want to pursue a global career, undertake international research or field work, or secure a post with an international NGO or agency? Without previous experience, how do you approach language and cultural differences? Join Lorraine as she helps decode the meaning of cross-cultural communications, how to overcome barriers to communications and how to recognise your own cultural bias. Learn about how to identify the limits of your personal beliefs and where the line is between what you can accept or what you might find challenging to accept in your work.

This is an essential workshop for any student intending to pursue international research or work post study. 

7 March 2018 (2-4pm, Practice Suite, 1st Floor CMB) - Register here PGT, PGR, PhD
CVs and Cover Letters - ALL UG 

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.

8 March  2018 (1-2pm, Practice Suite, 1st Floor CMB) - Register here ALL  UG

How to perform well at interviews  *Postponed*

ALL UG

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

9 March 2018 (1-2pm, Practice Suite, 1st Floor CMB) - Register here ALL UG
Understanding online tests and assessment centre interviews

Speaker: Ken Dalgleish
 

Are you looking for work, making applications, or planning for your employment post study? If so then this workshop is for you. Join head hunter and business advisor Ken Dalgleish on a guide to online tests and assessment centres. The session will include an opportunity to test yourself and find out how to prepare and approach these kinds of tests. A critical session for all students looking for work.

14 March 2018 (2-4pm, Practice Suite, 1st Floor CMB) - Register here UG, PGT, PGR, PhD

Decision Making and Influencing 

Speaker: Allan Gaw MD, PhD, FRCPath, FFPM

We all make decisions every day. However, that doesn’t mean we all find it easy.  Indeed, the ability to make good decisions may make the difference between success and failure in many aspects of life.  What influences our decision-making?  What is a good decision?  How can we arrive at the best possible decision?   How do we think about risk? During this half-day workshop we will address these questions, using a mixture of short interactive lectures interspersed with activities that will allow you to discover what kind of decision-maker you are, and to put your decision making into practice.

After the workshop each participant will:

  • Understand the factors — economic, psychological and social — that influence your own decision making and that of others
  • Be able to define an important decision and an effective decision
  • Be able to use these insights to make more effective personal decisions
  • Be able to understand the decision making of others and how you may influence it 
  • Appreciate how individuals think and decide about risk.
20 March 2018 
(2.30-4.30pm, Practice Suite, 1st Floor CMB) - Register here
UG, PGT, PGR, PhD
Masterclass: So you want to work in industrialising countries?

Speaker: Jacqueline Cottrell
 

This session looks at some possible routes to becoming a consultant for capacity building and sustainable development policy in industrialising countries. A highly competitive field, the speaker Jacqueline Cottrell will look at possible ways of getting a foot in the door – what worked for her, as well as has worked for others she works alongside.

The session will also describe the realities of this kind of role and the kind of working life you can expect if you opt for this kind of international career.

Jacqueline Cottrell is a University of Edinburgh graduate working in capacity building and consultancy for environmental policy, green economy and sustainable development. She has worked for a wide range of organisations providing capacity building and consultancy including UN organisations UNOSD and UNITAR and also works for environmental NGOs. She specialises in environmental fiscal reform – green tax and spending policies – and policies for green economy transition. 

This session is especially relevant for Social Policy, Politics, International Relations and Sustainable Development students. Not to be missed!

21 March 2018 (2-4pm, Seminar Room 4, CMB) - Register here UG, PGT, PGR, PhD
Cross-Cultural Communications
(Repeated session)

Speaker: Lorraine Porteous
 

You want to pursue a global career, undertake international research or field work, or secure a post with an international NGO or agency? Without previous experience, how do you approach language and cultural differences? Join Lorraine as she helps decode the meaning of cross-cultural communications, how to overcome barriers to communications and how to recognise your own cultural bias. Learn about how to identify the limits of your personal beliefs and where the line is between what you can accept or what you might find challenging to accept in your work.

This is an essential workshop for any student intending to pursue international research or work post study. 

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

No Idea For My Career 

Speaker: Jennifer Steven (Careers Service)
 

This workshop is designed for students who are unsure of what they want to do after their studies. Through a series of exercises, we will help you better understand you skills, values, motivations and consider how to define an effective job search strategy. Focusing on very practical steps to help you move forward with your career planning, this workshop is not to be missed if you’re unsure about what to do next. By the end of the session you’ll have a better understanding of your own skills, abilities and values and how to relate these to your career choice, where to find relevant information and how to take your career ideas forward.

26 March 2018 (2-4pm, Practice Suite, 1st Floor CMB) - Register Here UG,  PGT, PGR & PhD
Managing Research Partnerships
 

Speaker: Dr Hayley Bennett

How to manage a relationship with an external organisation? Join Dr. Hayley Bennett for practical tips on how to approach your communications, from email to Skype and in-person.  During preparation for your research, how to negotiate your research outline, managing those difficult conversations, when to say no and conversely how to identify and take advantage of other opportunities.

If you are heading off to do a placement based dissertation, field work or embarking on original research, then this session is for you.

27 March 2018 (1-2pm, Practice Suite, 1st Floor CMB) - Register Here PGT, PGR, PhD

MASTERCLASS:
Inspiring Social Change With Your Social Anthropology Degree

Masterclass with Ken Banks

Ken Banks started out with an interest in technology, and entered the world of work in the finance industry. A series of events in the 1980’s put him on a new career path in global conservation and development. He soon realised that the missing piece in much of the conversation were the people the aid sector were seeking to help, leading Ken to Sussex University where he took a degree in Social Anthropology with Development Studies. Ken has since gone on to become one of the world experts in the application of technology in global development, and developed his own messaging solution for grassroots organisations which today helps tens of millions of people around the world. One of the biggest pieces of advice Ken gives to students is that they should study anthropology. Find out how he has made use of his degree, and how the discipline has inspired and impacted his work, in this masterclass.

This session is relevant to International Development, Sustainable Development, STIS, Social Policy, African Studies as well as Social Anthropology students – not to be missed!

28 March 2018 (2-4pm, 

3.01, 21 Buccleuch Place ) - Register here

UG, PGT, PGR, PhD
Theory and Practice of  Leadership

Speaker: Lorraine Porteous
 

Postgraduate students are expected to take leadership around their research, but where else in your life do you practice your leadership? Join expert international development consultant Lorraine Porteous, to find out more about the theory and practice of leadership. Lorraine will take you through real life examples to demonstrate good and bad leadership, what to recognise in others, how to be effective and how to manage if you have a bad leader. This session will be relevant preparation for students approaching their research and dissertation, and essential when preparing for dissertation based placements or employment post study.

28 March 2018 (2-4pm,  Practice Suite, CMB)

- Register here

PGT, PGR & PhD
Networking 

Speaker: Sarah Ralston
 

Join a learning exchange about what networking is, how to put it into practice, and how to use it to advance your career goals - and more broadly, how to use it to make change happen. 

29 March 2018( 2-4pm, 6th Floor Staff Room, CMB) - Register here UG, PGT, PGR, PhD
Turning Research into Action 

Speaker: Iyo Irabor

From research to programs --- translating research to secure grant funding from foundations and institutional funding bodies

During this segment of the workshop, participants will walk through the steps required to turn research into proposals for funding for foundations and institutional funding bodies. Participants will learn how to build a theory of change, program logic model and speak to sector-based trends and strategies. Participants will be guided through a model used to pursue UN funding and will work in small groups to practice what they have learned.

From research to social enterprise

During this segment of the workshop, participants will walk through the steps required to turn research into a social enterprise. Participants will learn how to use the lean business canvas discover value propositions and structure a business. Participants will be guided through a model and will work in small groups to practice what they have learned. 

25 April 2018 (2-4pm, 01M.473 Teaching Room 13 - Doorway 3, Medical School, Teviot) - Register here PGT, PGR & PhD

So you would like to work in Government?

A conversation with Kiva Richard, Researcher to Maree Todd, Minister for Childcare and Early Years, MSP

Join University of Edinburgh Politics alumni, Kiva Richard talking about her career to date and her role with the Minister for Childcare and Early Years for Scottish Government. Kiva graduated from SPS in 2016 and has worked at the Parliament for the last 14 months during which time Maree Todd has been promoted to Minister. Find out about what it is like to work in Parliament, the culture, opportunities for graduates, how to get involved with the parliament and much much more.

Kiva Richard worked for TEFL Org UK for 6 years whilst at school and University including a summer volunteering in Nepal as a teacher. On graduation she  completed an internship at the International Voluntary Service through the Edinburgh University employ.ed 3rd Sector scheme. Towards the end of 2016 Kiva volunteered for the Highlands Supports Refugees before starting in the office of Maree Todd, MSP for the Highlands and Islands, in January 2017. Maree was promoted to Minister for Childcare and Early Years in November 2017.

Not to be missed for any SPS student interested in working in Government #Politics #Social Policy #Government, Policy and Society #Research

27th April 2018

(2-3.30pm, Practice Suite, 1st Floor CMB) - Register here

ALL
Turning Research into Policy

Speaker: Victoria Loughlin ( Scottish Government)

More information coming soon. 
8 May 2018 (1-3pm, Seminar Room 5, CMB) - Register here PGT, PGR, PhD
Careers: Graduate Bootcamp - Cancelled

Speaker:  Jennifer Steven (Careers Service)

This interactive workshop will offer you practical advice on taking your career and job search forward. We will support you with evaluating/defining your career goals, different ways to job search, how to market yourself effectively and creating an action plan. 

29 May 2018 (10am-1pm, Seminar Room 1, CMB)
-Register here
UG 4
MASTERCLASS So you want to work in the Third sector? - POSTPONED

Masterclass with speaker: Sylvia Douglas (Ms,Miss,Mr), Social Enterprise Entrepreneur 

What are the great opportunities that lie within the Third Sector? Where to start when you have a good idea? Sylvia Douglas, founder of successful social enterprise MsMissMrs has significant experience in the Third Sector...as an entrepreneur, business person and woman. She will explore conventional thinking within small-to-medium size enterprises while inspiring social good, and look at what benefits can be found in the relationship between academia and entrepreneurship.

The session will contain interactive elements that will inspire a new generation of social entrepreneurs. 

NEW DATE TBC 2018 (2-4pm, LG.08 David Hume Tower) - Register here UG, PGT, PGR, PhD
Edinburgh Students