Wednesday 11th July, 10.30am – 4.30pm, Essex House 133
This workshop aims to help you get the most out of the written word, combining tricks and tips from the worlds of creative writing, marketing, and academic editing. Giving you practical pointers and advice based on experience, this workshop is aimed at all stages of research, whether you’re looking to impress your examiners, improve your writing style, or need some hints on how to start writing and editing.
Book your place now – Lunch and refreshments are provided throughout the day.
To get the most out of the workshop, participants should bring a printed sample of their own academic writing, preferably something recent. It should be between 800-1500 words long, preferably not an introductory or concluding section, and definitely not anything that has been published or professionally edited.
from the Doctoral School inbox:
Our partner website, LinkHigher, has been running a competition for postgraduates to find the best personal statement (100 words max) as judged by a panel of high profile postgraduate employers.
The competition is open to anyone who is studying for or already holds a Masters or PhD qualification. The aim is to encourage entrants to think about their most attractive, transferable skills and how to pitch them succinctly.
I think this would be especially useful for early stage research staff within a few years of completing their PhD.
More information is on the competition page at www.linkhigher.com/statements/new
Top prize is an iPad2. If you have any way of circulating this among research staff and feel it would be appropriate to do so then please pass this message on.
The competition closes on 30th June.
Fof those that haven’t yet found their way to Postgraduate Toolbox, it’s a fantastic website with diverse resources for Postgraduates. You won’t be wasting your time checking it out :)
Thesis writing: Sharing experiences, challenges and top tips
Research Hive, top floor of the Library
Friday 27 May 2:30pm-3:30pm – fully booked!
The Research Hive has had an amazing response to its first doctoral writing discussion workshop.
The session this Friday is now fully subscribed but, because of the interest it generated, we will be holding a 2nd workshop on the same theme in Week 10 to allow others to come together and discuss their writing practices.
Priority will be given in this later session to those who have been unable to attend the first workshop, and we will continue with our plan to roll out sessions on different related themes in the coming weeks and months.
How do you write a thesis? The actual process of writing your research can be one of the most daunting experiences of life as a doctoral researcher. Is there a formula for writing? How do you structure your time? Do you have any hints or tips for beating writers block? How do you deal with an 80,000 word limit?
In the first of a new series, the Research Hive Scholars invite you to an open form discussion on the merits and methods of your particular writing practices. This session will be driven by the ideas and topics of conversation generated by you. No lecturing – guaranteed!
Writing can be a lonely activity so, whether you’re looking for some peer driven guidance or think you may have a useful model for consideration then come and make connections with other doctoral researchers at the university and share your writing ideas and experiences with others.
RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org
Thursday 16th June 2011, 10.30-4.00pm
SRHE OFFICES 44 Bedford Row, London WC1R 4LL. UK
Undertaking a Literature Review and Writing Up Research
Dear Newer Researchers and other Colleagues,
We are delighted to confirm that the Newer Researchers’ Network will be hosting this event on Thursday 16th June, from 10.30am-4.00pm. The event is entitled Undertaking a literature review and writing up research, and will take place at the SRHE offices in London.
We have two high profile colleagues coming in to deliver sessions at the event. Dr Chris Hart is the expert on literature searches and reviews and will provide a morning session. Professor Jerry Wellington offers enormous expertise on research methodology and policy and practice in higher education, and will be providing a session on writing up research. Both sessions will be interactive, and there will be additional networking time.
We expect this to be an excellent event, offering a good opportunity for new researchers and more experienced researchers too.
The event will be chaired by Patrick Baughan, who is Co-Convenor of Newer Researchers’ Network, and a Senior Lecturer in Educational Development at City University London.
10.30 – 11.00 Arrival and registration; tea and coffee available.
11.00-12.45 Undertaking a Literature Review; Dr Chris Hart
12.45-14.00 Lunch and networking (sandwich lunch provided by SRHE)
14.00-15:45 Writing and Publishing: why do we do it and how can we improve? Prof Jerry Wellington
15:45-16.00 Closing comments/networking.
16:00 Event ends.
Undertaking a Literature Review
Dr Christopher Hart, University of Chester
This session is about doing a search and review of the literature for your research proposal and subsequent research project. We will map out the different sources and resources which can be used to find relevant research, ideas and theories. We will then go on, using examples, to look at what makes for a competent review, occasionally stopping on the way to think about methodological assumptions and their consequences. The session will be part talk, part demonstration and part hands-on, with plenty of time of questions and discussion about your research.
Chris Hart is currently at the University of Chester. He has held academic posts with Manchester, Salford, Birmingham City University and written learning materials for the Open University. Chris has written several textbooks on research including Doing a literature review (Sage/Open University) and Doing your masters dissertation (Sage). Recent publications include, The legacy of the Chicago school of sociology (2010), Talcott Parsons: theory, development, and applications, Essays examining the relevance of Parsonian theory in the 21st Century (2009), and Heroines and Heroes: symbolism, embodiment, narratives and identity (2008). He has been research director for a number of national and international projects funded by public and commercial organizations. In 2006, Chris was research director for the largest private study of a community of interest (fans) ever undertaken, covering the European trading zone, across 12 countries, five currencies and 800,000 respondents (funded by European motor manufacturers Mercedes, BMW and Audi). Chris is currently working on a number of books including an analysis of the landmark 1984 Apple MacIntosh commercial, Mrs Miniver and propaganda and a second edition of Doing a literature review. Chris may be contacted at: email@example.com
Writing and Publishing: why do we do it and how can we improve?
Professor Jerry Wellington, University of Sheffield
The aim of this interactive session is to present a range of thoughts on writing and publishing research and to consider:
- What is the value of writing? And what is difficult about doing it?
- Why do people write and publish? What puts them off?
- Who are we, or should we be, writing for?
- Different styles and approaches to writing
- What channels of communication are available for writing/ disseminating research? Who ‘controls’ these channels? (the notion of peer review)
- Are there any useful guidelines on how new researchers/ doctoral students/ anyone can successfully submit articles and papers to journals, contribute chapters to books, or approach publishers with book proposals?
The session will include comments from interviews with experienced writers, to show that all writers are different. There can be no set of handy hints or infallible guidelines which apply to all writers and types of writing – but the main messages of this session will be that:
- Writing is part of the thinking process;
- Writing is not easy but it can help to know that most people find writing ‘hard work’ and that there is no one right way of writing.
- Draft and re-draft – ‘don’t get it right, get it written’, then you can polish it.
Ideas for further reading will be suggested after the session.
Jerry Wellington is a professor and head of research degrees in the
School of Education at the University of Sheffield. He has supervised a
large number of PhD and professional doctorate students, and has been external examiner for a wide range of doctoral theses at Universities in the UK and overseas. Currently, his main interests are in research methods, research writing, doctoral supervision and post-graduate education. He has written forty-six journal articles and twelve books, the most relevant to this session being: Making supervision work for you, London: Sage (2010); and Getting Published, London: Routledge (2003).
Event booking details
To reserve a place at this seminar please email Nicola Manches at firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone +44 (0) 207 4472525. SRHE events are open to all and free to SRHE members as part of their membership package. The delegate fee for non-members is £25 [full time students £20]. Non members wishing to join the Society may do so at the time of registration and the delegate fee will be waived. Please note that places must be booked in advance and that a £25 for non attendance if a place has been reserved but no notice of cancellation/non attendance given in advance of the day of the event will be charged.
Interested in joining the IIR Network-but not able to attend this event? To receive details of future events in this series and to join the mailing list. Please email email@example.com-
The Wellcome Trust Science Writing Prize 2011 in association with the Guardian and the Observer
The hunt is on to find the next generation of undiscovered science writing talent with the launch of the inaugural Wellcome Trust Science Writing Prize, in association with the ‘Guardian’ and the ‘Observer’. The winners will have their work printed in the ‘Guardian’ or the ‘Observer’, receive a £1000 cash prize and benefit from a science writing workshop at the ‘Guardian’.
The new competition invites non-professional science writers based in the UK to submit short articles of no more than 800 words that address an area of science in an accessible way and would be suitable for publication in the ‘Guardian’ or the ‘Observer’ (and on their respective websites). The articles should show a passion for science and encourage the general public to consider, question and debate the key issues in science and society. Both traditional newspaper features and web-based features that use the medium in an innovative and appropriate way will be considered.
The judges are looking for originality, bright ideas and a distinctive writing style. Entrants must demonstrate that they have thought about and understood their audience: the curious public.
Prizes will be awarded in two categories: the first is for professional, funded scientists of postgraduate level and above, and the second is open to anyone with a non-professional interest in science, including undergraduate students.
The judging panel includes Alan Rusbridger, Editor-in-Chief of Guardian News & Media, Robin McKie, Science and Technology Editor for the Observer, Sir Mark Walport, Director of the Wellcome Trust, and Clare Matterson, Director of Medical Humanities and Engagement at the Wellcome Trust. The panel will be chaired by Dara O Briain, producer, television presenter and stand-up comedian.
For more information see: http://www.wellcome.ac.uk/swp
TLDU-Researcher Event: Making Research Accessible: Writing for Non-Academic Audiences
24th February 2011, 09.30am-12.30pm
Trainer: Richard Payne, BSPS Training Consultancy Limited
The aim of this half day workshop is to show research staff how to use popular writing as an effective and efficient way of disseminating their research to a wider audience, with the ultimate aim of contributing to the public understanding of their discipline.
As a result of attending researchers will be able to:
- Approach editors of popular publications with effective article proposals
- Understand the key differences between academic writing and popular writing
- Be able to explain how popular writing can contribute to the public understanding of academic research and raise the profile of researchers
Places can be booked via the staff development pages in Sussex Direct, the workshop is listed under TLDU-Researcher, Writing Skills.
Any queries should be addressed to firstname.lastname@example.org.