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RDO Writing Support

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.

You are a specialist in your field. But do you still find yourself getting stuck or frustrated when you try to write about it? Whether you are from a Science or Humanities background we offer sessions to 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.

RD Online Writing Series Spring 2024Link opens in a new window

Bookings open 22nd January - go to Warwick SkillsForge to search for events and make bookings

06/02/2024 10.00-12.00 Academic writing: what is it and how to prepare for it
07/02/2024 10.00-11.30 Representing other research fairly, organising your reading, filling the gap
07/02/2024 13.00-14.00 Finding, reading, and quoting research
13/02/2024 14.00-15.30 Paragraphs: the building blocks of your thesis
14/02/2024 10.00-11.30 Long documents: practical tips, structuring your work, signposting
14/02/2024 13.00-14.00 Writing Tips - Academic Hedging: advantages and pitfalls
20/02/2024 14.30-16.00 Writing Sentences: starting strong
21/02/2024 10.00-11.30 Finding, Reading, and Quoting Research
21/02/2024 13.00-14.00 Writing Tips - Writing Hypotheses: the conditional, the future perfect, the subjunctive
27/02/2024 14.30-16.00 Writing Introductions and Conclusions 
28/02/2024 10.00-11.30 Advanced Writing: writing an article for publication
06/03/2024 10.00-12.00 Academic Writing: what is it and how to prepare for it
06/03/2024 13.00-14.00 Writing Tips - Focus on Style: Differences between British & American Writing
12/03/2024 10.00-11.30 Writing Proposals and Abstracts
12/03/2024 12.30-13.30 Writing Tips - The passive voice: what is it and when should I use it?
13/03/2024 14.00-15.30 Writing and Giving Conference Papers
19/03/2024 10.00-11.30 Advanced Writing: How to Edit Effectively
20/03/2024 11.00-12.30 How to Respond to Feedback
20/03/2024 13.30-14.30 Writing Tips - Punctuation: an overview
27/03/2024 12.00-13.00 Writng Tips - Focus on Style: How to Sound more Sophisticated
27/03/2024 14.00-15.00 Writing Tips - Focus on Style: How to be more Detailed

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

Writing Resources

Referencing Style Guide University of Warwick

6 Minute Grammar Podcasts

Thesis Whisperer

Write that journal article in seven days ( Thesis Whisperer)

Pat Thompson Blog and Twitter @ThomsonPat

Writing Advice from University of Toronto

POWA Paradigm Online Writing Advice

Learning English for Academic Purposes LEAP

Further support across Warwick

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

Write Right : 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

Centre for Linguistics offer support. There is an additional cost to you for this course

The Academic Skills Moodle. A resource for UG & PGT but might have something useful

Academic Writing for PGT & UG

Critical Writing - An introduction to the principles of Critical Writing

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