Putting Pen to Paper: Writing in the 1st Year of Your PhD

Years: 1


The workshop addresses writing in the first year of the doctorate.  It focuses on starting to write critically and systematically about the literature, developing a literature review, a methodology and a set of research questions/hypotheses, and understanding
the purpose of a doctoral thesis. Developing your own academic style is also covered. The workshops approaches research writing as a process, one that poses particular challenges to doctoral researchers: managing an emerging and changing programme of research; the volume of material and the size of the project; and obstacles which get in the way of writing effectively.

The intended audience is PhD Researchers in the 1st year, or part-time equivalent of
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.

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.

Resources: The tutor brings packs of interactive materials; participants should bring pens and paper and a laptop, if they wish; the tutor provides a comprehensive workbook.

PhD Researcher Feedback (2018)

  • It was outstanding and my only regret is I didn't do this workshop sooner - I could have saved myself a lot of time.
  • Every year, Dan delivers the best PhD training.

Bookings for workshops are via PhD Manager: https://phdmanager.ulster.ac.uk

Please click on Calendar (on the left hand side) where all the events are listed.

PhD Manager will hold your booking and attendance records for all Researcher Development activities.

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