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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. We have also signposted to other writing opportunities from across Warwick.

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 Support

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.

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 PiSL 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.

PiSL Sessions available Autumn 2022

Navigating Speaking and Listening Difficulties in English

12 October 13.00-14.30

Navigating Writing and Reading Difficulties in English

20 October 14.00-15.30

Presenting in Another Language

25 October 14.00-15.30

Conferences and Networking

2 November 14.00-15.30

Communicating with your supervisor

16 November 10.00-11.30

Science Writing Support sessions:( to be updated by 1st October and bookable via SkillsForge)

Writing Resources

Further support 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

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