We provide a wide of range of writing support for PGRs, with training covering everything from academic writing skills to using Lego Serious Play to deal with writer’s block! We also run an extensive range of writing groups, which are facilitated spaces for PGRs to come together as a community and get some writing done. This support works in tandem with INTO, whose Insessional programme offers doctoral writing support if English is your second language.
Academic writing skills
- Academic writing for PGRs - faciliated by Shahan Choudhury, PGR in Education and Laure Olivier, PGR in Psychology- date tbc
- Creative approaches to decolonising research and writing: The power of words - faciliated by Dr. Sally Flint, Lecturer in English- date tbc
- Lego Serious Play for writer's block
- Write it out: journalling for mental health - faciliated by Saša Janković, journalist, editor, author and copywriter- date TBC
Writing your thesis
- Drafting your thesis - facilitated by Dr. Debbie Kinsey, Postdoctoral Research in Medicine- date TBC
- Mapping your thesis structure using Lego Serious Play - facilitated by Kelly Preece, Researcher Development Manager- date TBC
- Writing a chapter - facilitated by Dr. Debbie Kinsey, Postdoctoral Research in Medicine- date TBC
You can find a full list and book onto upcoming courses on Inkpath, a booking system designed specifically for researcher training and development programmes.
November is Academic Writing Month, an academic write-a-thon that happens every year, inspired by NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) but catering to the specific needs of academic writers. It’s hosted by PhD2Published, as an online space where the global academic community can pledge their writing projects, record progress, and share thousands of writing tips via the #AcWriMo hashtag on Twitter.
We will once again be joining the University of Sheffield WriteFest (#AcWriFest21) initiative, bringing together people from across the university to recognise and celebrate writing. More information will follow shortly.
The Insessional English Language Skills Development Programme offers a wide range of support for our international researchers. This includes a termly workshop series on Doctoral Academic Writing, subject-specific workshops for doctoral researchers in the Exeter Business School, and one-to-one writing tutorials. You can find out more on the Insessional programme website.
If you have any queries about the one-to-one tutorial support or wish to make a booking, please contact Emma Sweeney.
You can access the following brand new online courses on our Exeter Learning Environment page:
- Writing your thesis -developed by Charlotte Chivers, PGR in Rural Policy and Kelly Preece, Researcher Development Manager
- Academic writing for research degrees - developed by Shahan Choudhury PGR in Education (in development)
Do you need help with academic writing? If so then you can book an appointment with one of the Royal Literary Fund Fellows. The Fellows are available by office appointment to help all members of the University – undergraduates and postgraduates alike – with queries and problems relating to the practical aspects of writing.
To arrange a meeting, please visit the Royal Literary Fund Office and sign up on the door for a convenient appointment. You can find the RLF office in Room 237, Queen’s Building, telephone 01392 72 2450.
You may wish to consider using a professional proof reader in advance of submitting your thesis. Before doing so, we suggest you read the Statement on the use of Proof Reading Services that accompanies the Teaching and Quality Assurance manual pages on Research Misconduct.
The University has an Academic Copy Editor Register of approved proof readers/copy editors. Please note these are fee-based services.