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Events, Workshops and Training

Workshops are open to all staff and students in the School of Social and Political Science only unless stated otherwise.

Throughout the academic year, the SDO offers a wide range of academic and professional skills workshops aimed at supporting you throughout your degree and helping to prepare you for the world beyond your studies. 

These interactive sessions are led by experienced tutors and guest speakers and are tailored for different levels of study, allowing students to select the level of expertise most appropriate to their interests and needs.

If you have any questions, please come and visit us.

Upcoming events

Achieving Impact with your research series

The impact of research conducted every day by social scientists at Edinburgh and elsewhere reaches well beyond the academy. The ability to present our research to non-academic audiences, be they practitioners, journalists, commercial or policy-focussed consumers of research, or the general public, is a useful skill for researchers at any stage of their career.

This free seminar below is the first in a series of four and will consider building relationships with the private sector. Join three research-based entrepreneurs to discuss how the commercial sector uses research.  

Achieving Impact With... Business

Thu 31 May 2018, 13:00 – 14:30, Practice Suite 1.12, Chrystal Macmillian Building

Reserve your space here (Lunch is Included)

This first event in a series of four will discuss how social science research is used in the private sector.

Please join us for a lunchtime discussion with invited guests to find out more about the use of research outside the academy.


Sarah Morton, Director, Outcome Focus

Mark Diffley, Director, Mark Diffley Consultancy and Research

Daniel Turner, Director, Quirkos

Professional Skills

The full list of workshops can be found here: Professional Skills Series.
Workshops are open to all SSPS staff and students, with the suggested level of study noted beside each workshop. 

Academic Skills

A full list of academic skills workshops is now available. Workshops are open to all SSPS staff and students.  Workshops are tagged with the suggested level of study.

Other Workshops and Providers

In addition to the SSPS-specific workshops,  there are other training opportunities offered by different departments across the University.

The Institute for Academic Development runs many workshops throughout the year.  More information can be found via the links below:

Careers Service

The careers service run many different initiatives to help you with your career planning. Check out My Development hub for more information. There are also careers led events  listed here:

Counselling Service

The counselling service run presentation workshops on a variety of topics. These are mostly held in the Main Library and are open to all students.

Their Wellbeing Presentations, delivered to groups of up to 20 students, are very short introductions to topics,  and will not resolve the issues but will help you find ways to start dealing with them. They last for one hour and include small group discussions and individual exercises for reflection and practice.  Further resources are available at the end of the session if you would like them.

Suggest a Workshop

If we do not currently offer a workshop on a skill or topic that you are interested in, please get in touch with your suggestion. Contact us here: Request a workshop