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Will you Shut Up and Write!?

Shut up and Write! imageFrom September 2016 The Graduate School are holding a new monthly 3 hour writing cafe called Shut Up and Write! The first one is on September 28th and I will be facilitating, along with Nikki Woods from Learning Development.

The concept of Shut Up and Write! originated in the San Francisco area among creative writers, but, thanks to social media, this has spread to research students around the world. Shut up and Write! turns writing from a solitary to a social experience and involves small groups of writers getting together to have coffee (or other beverages), offer support, chat for a short while, then shut up and get down to do some writing! We will introduce the concept to you in this session and let you try it out for yourself in two (nearly three!) 45 minute Pomodoro-style free-writing sessions. Read the rest of this entry

Hugh Kearns returns with good feedback! A workshop for supervisors.

Kearns2On March 11th 2016 we are welcoming back researcher & educator, Hugh Kearns. Hugh is recognised internationally and regularly lectures at universities across the world, including Oxford, Harvard, Stanford and, now for the third time, Northampton.

Hugh is running two workshops, one for supervisors on Giving Good Feedback, focusing on giving positive feedback, providing criticism without crushing the recipient, varying the type of feedback depending on the student’s stage, what to do when your student doesn’t listen… and more. Read the rest of this entry

Online tutorials for PGR students and early career researchers

There are now five new interactive tutorials on the Skills Hub.  You will find them in a new section ‘Postgraduate Research Skills‘ on the ‘Academic Skills‘ tab.

  • Author bibliometrics – examines the key author bibliometrics and their use
  • Journal bibliometrics – explores the use of impact factors and other metrics for ranking journals
  • Journals and articles – addresses your publication strategy, journal types and what makes a ‘good’ paper
  • Other forms of publishing – covers posters, exhibitions, creative works, website authoring and Open Access publishing
  • Networking – making the most of face to face and online networking with fellow researchers

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Top tips for finishing your PhD

Headphones study 3Are you a PhD student struggling to meet a submission deadline?  If so, Kim Thomas’s article in last Wednesday’s Guardian may give you some useful ideas:

Finishing your PhD thesis: 15 top tips from those in the know


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The Three R’s of Science – Reading, Writing and Reviewing

Simon Leather, Professor of Entomology at Harper Adams University, has written an excellent blog post on writing for science publications. In “The Three Rs of Science – Reading, Writing and Reviewing” Simon examines the process of science writing, how to construct that all important first draft and offers some sound advice for research students, or anyone looking to improve their writing for publication. You can subscribe to Simon’s blog at

“Creativity in Research” and “Academic Writing” Day

AdairDr Adair Richards, (trainer, consultant, broadcaster and academic), is delivering a training day for the UN Graduate School on Tuesday, 5th February 2013, covering both Creativity in Research and Academic writing. Read the rest of this entry