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How not to write: common problems & errors (W21R)

Whilst it is realistic to accept that a totally error-free thesis is still to be written, mature academic work requires the elimination of as many gratuitous errors as possible. This last workshop of the series looks at some of the most common errors made by research students in their thesis writing, under the categories of thesis statement, organization/structure, language, and presentation. The session will also provide examples of bad writing from various academic contexts, including published material which has, as such, gained a distinctly amusing reputation.

By attending the workshop you will:

  • gain an understanding of the impact of poor writing on readership, how it can prove detrimental to your research and its intended scope
  • learn that published writing does not necessarily represent good writing
  • learn how to avoid certain dangers in your own writing.

Additional information:

Who is it for? All postgraduate research students. To register for this workshop, you must be enrolled on (or recently graduated from) one of the following degrees: PhD, MPhil, Masters by Research, EngD, EdD, professional doctorate.

Is any preparation required? No

Is catering provided? No

Who is the tutor? Dr Mihai Balanescu