Mastering academic style

A one day or half-day workshop for postgraduates, Masters or doctoral level. The characteristics of academic style, including developing an objective tone, and the use of references in a critical way, are explored and presented within the context of a professional writing process. This is an excellent workshop for introducing students to postgraduate level writing and forms a foundation on which they can develop their critical thinking.

Audience: Masters or doctoral students in the first year of study. The workshop can be generic to all disciplines, or made more specific to a particular academic discipline. Participants are provided with a set of analytical tools aimed at analysing their own discipline’s standards and writing tasks suitable to all fields of study. The workshop can either be cross-disciplinary or have a STEM, Arts and Humanities or Social Sciences focus.

Mode of delivery: This is a workshop style event, requiring participants to work individually and in small groups, as well as to occasionally contribute to whole group discussions. Workshops are interactive and based on experiential and reflective learning models. The content is evidence based, drawing on linguistics and education research. All activities are practical and directly relevant to Masters Students or doctoral researchers in the early stages of study. The workshop can be run for between 8 to 20 participants, ideally in a workshop/seminar room equipped with workshop tables.

Length and timings: The ½ day workshop is 3.5 hours long, with one 15min coffee break and can be run either in the morning or afternoon. The 1 day workshop would typically run from 10am – 4pm with 1 hour for lunch, and one 15 minute coffee break in the morning.

Resources: The tutor brings packs of interactive materials; participants should also bring copy of a research paper they have recently read, pens and paper, and a laptop, if they wish; the tutor provides a comprehensive workbook to the institution for printing prior to the workshop; a flipchart and pens or white board is also useful, though not essential.

Previous clients: University of Edinburgh, University of Strathclyde