Need to get your head down and set aside some time for writing your thesis or next paper? We can help…

A poster for the Research Writing Group. It shows two figures sitting and typing on their laptops. There is also a big screen, a house plant, a cup of coffee and a pile of books.

Whether you’re writing an MRes dissertation, a doctoral thesis, or a book chapter or scientific paper, one of the biggest challenges may not be doing the research, or even writing it up – but actually finding time to write.

This is where our Student Advisors Elizabeth and David can help. They are running a monthly Research Writing Group which provides focussed writing time, to help you get it done.

Who is it for?

Anyone doing research. You might be an academic or a postgraduate researcher (PGR) but you don’t have to be. This is for anyone doing research.

How does it work?

The format is simple. Join us in Oak Room, Catalyst for a warm welcome and free coffee and cake (you’re welcome to bring your own food too). Elizabeth and David will introduce the session and set you up for focussed writing time. After that, there’ll be some time to chat about your writing with others and share tips and tactics.

On each date we also run a second, teatime session in the same room. This doesn’t have the social element at the end, but does have an online option, so you can join us via Microsoft Teams if you prefer!

There is no need to register, just join us when you can.

Who runs the sessions?

Elizabeth Devine and David Locke are postgraduate researchers (PGRs) currently writing up their PhDs. They know all about the writing for research process, and how to create a positive, motivational writing environment, so you can do your best work. As the programme progresses, we’ll listen to your ideas and refine the format to work for you.

Can I come to both sessions?

Yes! The more the merrier. The lunchtime sessions (12-3pm) take place in Oak Room and the teatime sessions (5-7pm) do too. However, you could choose to join the teatime sessions either in the room OR online via Microsoft Teams.

When do these take place?

At the end of the month, every month from January to September. After this we’ll review the programme and decide whether to keep going or adjust the format. The first two dates are Thursday 26 January and Tuesday 28 February.

Where is the Microsoft Teams joining link?

Use this link to join us at 5-7pm on Thursday 26 January: