This session will consider the basic elements of effective academic writing and how they can be combined to ensure the best chance of success. Issues covered will include preparation (targeted literature reviewing, taking a ‘stance’ as an author, the creation of a writing plan or preliminary draft), the task of writing (having clear aims, order and structure, signposting, guiding the reader, drafting), writing style (the achievement of clarity and simplicity) and the need for a clear, logical and straightforward conclusion or ‘take-home’ message. The session will also provide an opportunity to discuss writing issues specific to particular disciplines or students. This session represents over a decade of academic writing experience packed into two hours, so please come along and take advantage!
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The demand for these courses is high and you are advised to book your place as soon as the booking system goes live.
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Indicative Student Feedback for this Session
I can't wait to [put these ideas into practice]…for every single chapter of my thesis, even ones that are mostly written, to restructure them. Yay, I’m excited about a 'writing' task! (Univ. of East Anglia; International Development).
Thank you so much for such an informative session. I have attended many courses about writing…but yours really stood out. In fact…this session has made me rethink how I approach thinking and writing overall (Reading).
A very practical hands-on course! I know now that my slow writing problem is absolutely planning and structure! You're an angel. Honestly, nobody else would send their own work to help…students who are writing. This is great! Many, many thanks (Goldsmiths).
The ‘Writing Effectively’ session made a difference immediately and I was able to restructure and better state four of my PhD chapters within seven days (East Anglia; Medicine).
Thanks for the very helpful session - your tips have been the most practical and clearest ones I have come across regarding academic writing. I really liked your approach to planning the writing of a chapter/article (Goldsmiths).
Dr Simon Watts is a Postgraduate Research Training Coordinator for the Faculty of Social Sciences in University of East Anglia. He teaches the majority of the sessions on the UEA Online Training Series which are open to Ulster PhD Researchers as part of the overall Researcher Development Programme. The Online Training Series offers research and professional training skills training for PhD Researchers in a ‘live-taught’ online format. Training session are delivered via a virtual classroom on Tuesday evenings between 7pm-9pm.
The Vitae Researcher Development Framework
This session maps on to Domain A of the Vitae Framework: Knowledge and intellectual abilities which includes the sub-domain areas of:
- A1: Knowledge base
- A2: Cognitive abilities
- A3: Creativity