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Researchers

These sessions are specifically for research students (PhD, MPhil, Masters by research, EngD & those pursuing the Professional Doctorate). If you are a taught student, please refer to the appropriate courses listed under your degree.

Academic Writing Series

A yearly online course starting in November and ending in July.

As the standard of academic writing is most advanced at postgraduate research level, you should be able to:

  • critically engage with material at expert level;
  • produce complex, analytical arguments;
  • make substantial contribution to knowledge through your research.
“…when I was writing my PhD – a real shot in the arm”
Dr Deborah Biggerstaff, Health Sciences, Warwick Medical School

Here, your writing ability needs to access aspects of

  • semantics
  • grammatical versatility
  • detail emphasis
  • lexical fluency
  • coordination.

Its result should be a written product which investigates specific topics in a manner aimed towards discovery and, essentially, education of readership.

This series of practical talks and workshops covers the intricacies of writing required in an academic research-level context. It addresses all students of all disciplines.

Workshops in the series:

 
  • Understanding academic writing
  • Elements of structure and organisation in your writing
  • Paragraph construction: elements & transition
  • Developing critical analysis: the cognitive domain
  • Ordering a critical argument: the P.E.A. matrix model
  • Reporting using critical resources: paraphrase, summary & synthesis
  • How to write an abstract
  • How to write a literature review
  • Grammatical accuracy: morphology & syntax
  • Grammatical accuracy: syntax
  • Revision, proofreading & editing for clarity and readability
  • Writing to engage the reader
  • Positioning your ideas in the research context
  • Thesis structure
  • Defending your argument
  • How NOT to write: common problems and errors in academic writing

Sessions can be booked via SkillsForge

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  • Craswell, G. 2004. Writing for Academic Success. Sage Publications.
  • Gillett, A. 2009. Inside Track to Successful Academic Writing. Pearson.
  • Murray, N. 2012. Writing Essays in English Language and Linguistics. Cambridge University Press.
  • Murray, R. Thomas, 2008. Theses and Dissertations: A Guide to Planning, Research, and Writing, Corwin Press.
  • Creme, P. and M. Lea, 2008. Writing at University: A guide for students. Open University Press.
  • Hamp-Lyons, L. and Heasley, B. 2006. Study Writing. Cambridge University Press.
  • Oshima, A. & Hogue, A. 2005. Writing Academic English. Addison-Wesley, New York.
  • Swales, J.and C. Feak. 2012. Academic Writing for Graduate Students: Essential Skills and Tasks. Michigan University Press.

Writing Consultations for PGRs

Every Thursday 9:30-12:00, via MS Teams

Weekly online Writing Consultations for PGR’s, in support of the Academic Writing Series. If you would like to talk specifically about the topics on this course, or academic writing more generally, please book a 20-minute MS Teams appointment via myAdvantage.

For any queries about any of our activities on this page, please email: academicwriting@warwick.ac.uk or M.Balanescu@warwick.ac.uk