Thesis Producer: Writing in the 3rd Year of Your PhD

Years: 3

This is a one day workshop for students in the final stages of writing up a doctoral thesis. It deals with tasks and issues important to finishing off a thesis, such as the difficulties of editing a large document and writing to deadlines. The workshop will cover:

  • How to edit, formatting and proofreading the thesis
  • Producing a detailed plan of what they have achieved and what they have left to do
  • Create a timeline for a schedule of works
  • Create a synopsis of their thesis so far
  • Shed light on important procedural issues around submission and examination.
  • How to talk about the thesis in the viva

The intended audience is Doctoral students in the 3rd year, or part-time equivalent of study. The workshop can be generic to all disciplines, or made more specific to a particular academic discipline. 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. Participants are also asked to bring example texts from their discipline to use in workshop exercises.

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, and professional editing and proof-reading guidance. All activities are practical and directly relevant to writing a doctorate in the early stages of study.


The tutor brings packs of interactive materials; participants should bring four pages of writing from their own thesis with which to practice editing. They should also bring copy of a research paper they have recently read, pens and paper, and a laptop, if they wish; the tutor provides a comprehensive workbook to the workshop.

PhD Researcher Feedback (2019)

  • This was a really helpful day with excellent handouts that I will be using as I prepare to write my thesis.
  • Dan Soule was an effective and charismatic tutor. I couldn’t recommend him enough
  • Really helpful session, facilitator was great. Lunch at the venue was much appreciated

Bookings for workshops are via PhD Manager:

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