Care to Write: Writing in the 2nd Year of your PhD

Years: 2


The intended audience is PhD Researchers in the 2nd year, or part-time equivalent of study. Participants are provided with a set of analytical tools aimed at analysing their own discipline’s standards and writing tasks suitable to all fields of study.

Course overview

Most researchers start out intending to write either their thesis or publications as they go. However, evidence demonstrates that the majority of researchers are unable to develop the required discipline that helps them optimise their writing time. This therefore has a limiting effect on how often their research is shared and cited. This workshop aims to address this by giving you an appreciation of the challenges associated with writing and to provide you with some practical strategies for making the most of your writing time.

The workshop approaches research writing as a process, one that poses particular challenges to doctoral researchers: managing an emerging and changing program of research; the volume of material and the size of the project; and obstacles which get in the way of writing effectively.

Mode of delivery: This is a workshop style event, requiring participants to work individually and in small groups, as well as to occasionally contribute to whole group discussions. Workshops are interactive and based on experiential and reflective learning models. The content is evidence based, drawing on linguistics, sociology and education research. All activities are practical and directly relevant to writing a doctorate in the early stages of study.

Facilitators

  • Dr Daniel Soule

    Daniel runs a training business, Grammatology (www.grammatology.co.uk), specialising in academic and research writing training in universities and other research institutions. Focusing particularly on postgraduates and research staff, he provides training on the writing of complex research documents such as research articles, theses and dissertations. This includes writing research for lay or popular audiences through traditional and digital media. Training covers all aspects of writing from the minutia of grammar and punctuation to complexities of document composition, effectively planning and managing evolving writing projects, and developing professional approaches to drafting and editing.

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
The Vitae Researcher Development Framework