2016 ‘Stepping stones’ – morning skills workshops

We had a selection of workshops designed to help you to make your research even more innovative and effective.


Introduction to The Conversation

Steve Vass (The Conversation)

Scotland Editor Steve Vass explained why The Conversation is a great place to reach a mainstream audience and discussed the rudiments of pitching an article.

Steve Vass – The Conversation

Public Engagement: How Research Can Benefit the Local Community

Dawn Smith (Edinburgh Napier University) and Sarah Anderson (Beltane Public Engagement Network)

An interactive session which looked at how engagement can help with informing, consulting and collaborating with the publics around us.

Public Engagement slides

Writing for Academic Publication

Chris Atton (Edinburgh Napier University)

Chris, an experienced academic journal editor, talked about the process of academic publication from choosing where to publish, how to deal with peer review, and what you need to do to get to a finished publication.


Finding the (work life) balance

Allison Johnstone (Equate Scotland)

Finding the right mix or balance between the different parts of our lives can be challenging when there is so much information out there and so many demands on our time. In this interactive workshop delivered by Equate Scotland, we explored why finding the right mix is so important and highlighted some of the challenges that can get in the way. Participants had the chance to identify their own priorities in term of work, research and life, as well as exploring through coaching conversations, how these are currently working – or not! – for them.

Equate Scotland Workshop


Winning Research Funding

RIO funding team (Edinburgh Napier University)

The session focused on helping you to navigate through the development of a funding bid, and outlining the support available from the Research and Innovation Office.