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Workshops, Training and Events

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 development workshops.

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

Workshops are open to all SSPS staff and students, with the suggested level of study noted beside each workshop. 

Upcoming Workshops 

SSPS Professional Development Workshops 

Please note that the year of study is a guide only, if you feel that you wish to attend a workshop out with your year of study then please do. 

 Events Date and Time Year of Study
Writing Skills to take you from A to Z - NOW ONLINE

Speaker: Dr Pippa Goldschmidt
25 February 2020 (14.10-16.00, ONLINE) - Register here PGT

The Theory of Managing Effective Teams - POSTPONED

Speaker: Iain Davidson (Seeing Stone Training)

26 February 2020 (14.10-16.00, G.15, Old Medical School - Doorway 4) - Register here UG3

Project Management  - NOW ONLINE


Speaker: Allan Gaw

26 February 2020 (14.10-16.00, Practice Suite, 1.12, CMB) - Register here UG
Skills for Academic Success: Writing Skills - Referencing - POSTPONED 27 February 2020 (13.10-14.00, Practice Suite, 1.12, CMB)  - Register here UG1

How to get published, both academically and non-academically POSTPONED

Speaker: Dr Pippa Goldschmidt 

27 February 2020 (14.10-16.00, Practice Suite, 1.12, CMB) - Register here PhD

Making Conflict Work for You: Assertiveness and Negotiation in Context 

Speaker: Katie Scott

28 February 2020 (13.10-14.30, Practice Suite, 1.12, CMB) - Register here ALL
Bibliography Workshop POSTPONED

Speaker: Dr  Pippa Goldschmidt
3 March 2020 (14.10-16.00, G.15, Doorway 4, Old Medical School) - Register here PhD
Performing Well at Interview
POSTPONED
Speaker: Jennifer Steven (Careers Service)
4 March 2020 (13.10-14.00, Practice Suite, 1.12, CMB) - Register here UG

The Theory of Managing Effective Teams POSTPONED

Speaker: Iain Davidson (Seeing Stone Training)

4 March 2020 (14.10-16.00, Practice Suite, 1.12, CMB) - Register here UG2
Pursuing a Career in Academia POSTPONED

Speaker: Dr Elke Heines, Director of Post Graduate Research, SPS
5 March 2020 (12.00-13.30, Practice Suite, 1.12, CMB) - Register here PGR, PhD
Skills for Academic Success: Speaking Skills For UG1 POSTPONED 5 March 2020 (13.10-14.00, LG.06 DHT)  - Register here UG1
Decsision Making Online *NEW*

 
Speaker: Allan Gaw
5 March 2020 (14.10-16.00, Online) - Register here ALL
Understanding Yourself as a Leader: Is Leadership for Everyone? 6 March 2020 (13.10-14.30, Practice Suite, 1.12, CMB) - Register here ALL

The Theory of Managing Effective Teams - POSTPONED

Speaker: Iain Davidson (Seeing Stone)

11 March 2020 (14.10-16.00, Practice Suite, 1.12, CMB) - Register here UG1

Developing your Teaching Portfolio - POSTPONED

Speaker: Dr Lawrence Dritras

11 March 2020 (13.10-14.30, LG.06, David Hume Tower) - Register here PhD
Project Management 

Speaker: Allan Gaw
12 March 2020 (14.10-16.00, Practice Suite, 1.12, CMB) - Register here  UG3
Building Self-Confidence and Resilience

Speaker: Robin Henderson
16 March 2020 (10.10 -12.00, Practice Suite, 1.12, CMB - Register here PhD
Skills for Academic Success: Exam Skill For UG1 10 March 2020 (13.10 -14.00,  Practice Suite, 1.12, CMB) - Register here UG1

Theory of Managing Effective Teams 

Speaker: Iain Davidson

18 March 2020 (14.10-16.00, Practice Suite, 1.12, CMB) - Register here  PGT
Cross-Cultural Communications

Speaker: Lorraine Porteous
18 March 2020 (14.10-16.00, LG.11, DHT) - Register here PGT/PGR

Understanding online tests and assessment centre interviews

Speaker: Ken Dalgleish

19 March 2020 (14.10-16.00, Practice Suite, 1.12, CMB) - Register here  ALL

Understanding Leadership

Speaker: Ken Dalgleish

20 March 2020 (14.10-16.00, Practice Suite, 1.12, CMB) - Register here  ALL

Leadership in Complex Environments

Speaker: Lorraine Porteous

25 March 2020 (14.10-16.00, LG.06, DHT) - Register here ALL
Academic Leadership

Speaker: Robin Henderson
31 March 2020 (14.00-16.00,  Practice Suite, 1.12, CMB) - Register here PhD

Career Masterclass: International Development and Humanitarianism

Speaker Lorraine Porteous

1 April 2020 ( 14.00-16.00,   LG.06, DHT) - Register here ALL
Past Workshops
CVs & Cover Letters 

Speaker: Jennifer Steven (Careers Service)
16 January 2020 (13.10-14.00, Seminar Room 1, CMB) - Register here PGT

Navigating Peer Review
 

Speaker: Dr. Joanna Young

21 January 2020 (09.30-12.30, Practice Suite, 1.12, CMB) - Register here PhD
LinkedIn: Developing Your Profile

Speaker: Jennifer Steven (Careers Service)
21 January 2020, (13.10-14.00, Practice Suite, 1.12, CMB) - Register here UG
Building Self-Confidence and Resilience

Delivered ONLINE

Speaker: Robin Henderson
21 January 2020 (19.00 -20.30, ONLINE) - Register here PhD

Negotiation and Mediation

Speaker: John Sturrock

22 January 2020 (14.10 -16.00, Semester 5,  CMB - Register here PGT & PhD

Time Management

Speaker: Allan Gaw

22 January 2020 (14.10-16.00, Practice Suite, 1.12, CMB) - Register here ALL
Skills for Academic Success: Learning Skills *CANCELLED* 23 January 2020 (13.00-14.00, Practice Suite, 1st Floor, CMB) - Register here UG1
Design Thinking

Speaker: David Steinberg
23 January 2019 (14.10-17.00, Practice Suite, 1.12, CMB) - Register here PGT/PGR & PhD
Public Engagement

Speaker: Lara Isbel
28 January  2020 (10.10-12.00,  Practice Suite, 1.12, CMB) - Register here PhD/PGT
Performing Well at Interview

Speaker: Jennifer Steven (Careers Service)
29 January 2020 (13.10-14.00, Seminar Room 1, CMB) - Register here PGT

The Theory of Managing Effective Teams

Speaker: Iain Davidson (Seeing Stone Training)

29 January 2020 (14.10-16.00, Practice Suite, 1.12, CMB) - Register here UG4
Skills for Academic Success: Reading Skills 30 January 2020 (13.00-14.00, Practice Suite, 1st Floor, CMB) - Register here UG1

Presentation Skills:
Presenting to Large Audiences


Speaker: Iain Davidson (Seeing Stone Training)

30 January 2020 (14.10-16.00, Practice Suite, 1st Floor, CMB) - Register here ALL
Networking in a Professional Setting 31 January 2020 (13.10-15.00, Practice Suite, 1st Floor, CMB) - Register here PGT
Literature Searches for Your Dissertation or Final Year Project 4 February 2020 (13.10-14.00, Practice Suite, 1.12, Chrystal Macmillan Building) - Register here   UG 3 & 4
Writing skills to take you from A to Z (Year 1 to Dr): How to plan and write your thesis.

Speaker: Dr Pippa Goldschmidt
4 February 2019 (14.10-16.00, Practice Suite, 1.12, 1 Floor, CMB) - Register here PhD

Presentation Skills

Speaker: Iain Davidson (Seeing Stone Training)

5 February 2020 (14.10-16.00, Practice Suite, 1st Floor, CMB) - Register here UG 2 & 3
Project Management 

Speaker: Allan Gaw
5 February 2020 (14.10-16.00, G.15, Old Medical School - Doorway 4) - Register here  ALL

Graphic Facilitation and Recording

-LIMITED PLACES AVAILABLE

5 February 2020 (14.10-17.00, G.09, Lister Learning and Teaching Centre) - Register here ALL
Skills for Academic Success: Writing Skills - Planning your Essay 6 February 2020 (13.00-14.00, Practice Suite, 1.12, CMB)- Register here UG1

Presentation Skills

Speaker: Iain Davidson (Seeing Stone Training)

6 February 2020 (14.10-16.00, Practice Suite, 1st Floor, CMB) - Register here PGT
Getting the Best Out of a Team: Coaching for Success 7 February 2020 (13.10-14.30, Practice Suite, 1.12, CMB) - Register here ALL

Writing skills to take you from A to Z (Year 1 to Dr): How to edit and critique your work


Speaker: Dr Pippa Goldschmidt

11 February 2020 (14.10-16.00, Practice Suite, 1.12, CMB) - Register here PhD

POSTPONED 

LinkedIn: Developing Your Profile

Speaker: Jennifer Steven (Careers Service)

12 February 2020, (13.10-14.00, Practice Suite, 1.12, CMB) - Register here PGT
Managing Teams 

Speaker: Clare Wood
12 February 2020, (14.10-16.00, Seminar Room 5,  CMB) - Register here UG

Chairing Events

Speaker: Dr. Pippa Goldschmidt

12 February 2020, (14.10-16.00, Practice Suite, 1.12, CMB) - Register here PhD
Skills for Academic Success: Writing Skills - Writing your Essay 13 February 2020 (13.00-14.00, Practice Suite, 1.12, CMB) - Register here UG1

Research Questioning Skills: The Art of Strategic Questioning

Speaker: David Steinberg

13 February 2020 (14.00-17.00,  Practice Suite, 1.12, CMB) - Register here PGT/PGR & PhD

Attracting your Own Research Funding

Speaker: Dr Joanna Young

14 February 2020 (09.30-12.30, Practice Suite, 1.12, CMB) - Register here PhD
Research Training Centre - Methods Workshops 17-21 February 2020 ALL

Online Professional Development Workshops

Other Events 

Request 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.

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Other Workshops and Training 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 workshops throughout the year. 


Careers Service

The Careers Service runs many different initiatives to support your career planning and development. All events are listed on My Career Hub.

Careers Service workshops and events.

ELE English Language Support

Free, non-credit bearing courses available for undergraduate and postgraduate students at the University of Edinburgh, whose first language is not English.

Click here for more information 
 

Counselling Service

The Counselling Service offers workshops on a variety of topics. These are held in the Main Library and are open to all students.

Wellbeing Presentations, delivered to groups of up to 20 students, offer short introductions to different topics.  Each session lasts for one hour and includes 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.

Counselling Service workshops and events

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