Online Recruitment Part 1: Becoming a JENGA master

Recruiting participants is a challenge for many psychosocial research projects, especially at a graduate level, where resources are scarce and project timelines are tight. Having just completed my online survey recruitment, I feel the urge to pass on my recently acquired knowledge on this topic. I do not claim I …

A Pocket Guide to First Year Annual Review

Annual reviews are deemed important points of progression during the PhD journey.  In addition to being a progression review, the annual review helps to support students to successfully continue and complete their PhD journey. For first–year PhD students, annual reviews may be considered one of the most important points in their year, more so than subsequent annual …

Training as a young tutor: my experience of attending the “Introduction to Academic Practice” course at the University of Edinburgh

As a PhD student, you will most probably get the opportunity to tutor undergraduate and/or postgraduate taught students. In addition to providing a (much welcome!) venue for income, tutoring experience advances academic career prospects, as it is an essential prerequisite for academic posts that involve teaching duties, such as teaching …

My experience of the “Edinburgh Teaching Award”

The Edinburgh Teaching Award (EdTA) is a self-reflective route to gaining recognition for teaching experience acquired in an academic context, while developing a better insight of one’s teaching skills and methods. It is offered by the University’s Institute of Academic Development. EdTA is accredited by the Higher Education Academy (HEA), …