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RDO Writing Programme

Writing support during your Research Degree

We all need support for our writing during our research degree; it is a craft that we need to learn and practice. Through the Researcher Development Online programme we offer training, development, groups and resources to help you. We have also signposted to other writing opportunities from across Warwick.

RD Online Writing Programme New Autumn Programme will be here soon

All bookable on Warwick Skills Forge. Full RDO Summer Programme is here



Writing for non-academic audiences



13. Writing and Giving Conference Papers



12. Proposals and Abstracts



14. Grants and Job Applications: writing for success



15. Different Types of Academic Writing: Reports and Surveys



Introductions and Conclusions: beginning and ending well



Writing for the Public or Writing for Academics



How to Respond to Feedback: redrafting and editing work



Writing for Social Media

Top Tips

Orwell sums up:

1. Never use a metaphor, simile or other figure of speech which you are used to seeing in print.

2. Never use a long word where a short one will do it

3. If it is possible to cut a word out, always cut it out.

4. Never use the passive where you can use the active.

5. Never use a foreign phrase, a scientific word or a jargon word if you can think of an everyday English equivalent.

6. ( Break any of these rules sooner than say anything outright barbarous)

George Orwell Politics and the English Language pp348-360 in George Orwell Essays (2000) Penguin Classics

Researcher Development Online Writing Series

You are a specialist in your field. But do you still find yourself getting stuck or frustrated when you try to write about it? These workshops are designed to help you ensure your writing is as effective as your research.

The sessions range from starting out and challenges with grammar, to writing bids and grant applications. Series list is here

In addition to our termly writing sessions, we also run summer writing schools- focussing our time when people maybe able to step aside form their research for a day and focus on their writing.

PhD in Second Language

A PhD is challenging. Doing it in another language makes it more so.

The series is designed to support you with many aspects of the process. We cover writing and speaking, reading and presenting. We discuss how we network and create connections. We also discuss the vagaries of undertaking research in the UK, strange British habits and accents, the words that mean something entirely different and trip us up every time.

The sessions are run by a Warwick PhD and lecturer, who still occasionally struggles to find the correct English word.

Across Warwick

In addition to the support from the RDO and the PhD in Second language, you may find these resources useful:

Academic Writing Moodle ( this is for resource only as the course has now been archived and no longer monitored but contains useful info)

PGCTSS: for Science, Engineering & Medicine PGRs you can take nine week assessed modules

English for Academic Purpose in sessional English Language support and writing surgeries for International PGRs

Academic Skills offered by Centre for Linguistics a 10 week assessed course. There is an additional cost to you for this course.

Writing Resources

PhD in 2nd language Series

Navigating Speaking and Listening Difficulties in English

Navigating Writing and Reading Difficulties in English

Presenting in Another Language

Presenting with Confidence

Working with your supervisor

Networking and Conferences

Writing Literature Reviews

Editing and Proof Reading

Follow up Focus sessions – putting knowledge into practice

PhD in 2nd Language Resources

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