Academic Writing

Excellent academic writing is a craft, continuously developed over the course of your academic career, and there are a range of useful resources you can draw on. We have yet to come across a senior academic who says they find writing easy so, if this is a challenge for you, you’re far from alone! To increase your chances of being productive: seek suggestions from more experienced writers, monitor your own writing preferences and learn how you work best, and explore peer-support mechanisms such as a writing group.


Training Courses

A termly fixture are our two oversubscribed academic writing courses: book early to avoid disappointment!
How to write your Methodology Chapter, Patrick Brindle 
How to write about your Research for Publication, Patrick Brindle

All courses listed below

Academic English support

The Language Centre offers tailored academic courses, and a Language Partner scheme, where you can connect with native speakers in exchange for support in a language they wish to develop. Click here to read more.


Academic Writing Community

The Academic Writing Community is a drop in writing group for SSD DPhils and Early Career Researchers which meets weekly during term time, follow the link here for more details.
Sessions will consist of setting and sharing a writing goal, then three structured writing sessions with short refreshment and admin breaks in between. It’s a productive and supportive way to round the week off! 

Communication Skills

This is taken to mean communication about your research in a manner other than an academic paper or written work intended for a thesis. 


There are some very well-known writers on presentation and story-telling, and their books and resources can provide useful starting points for thinking with. 
See, for example:
Nancy Duarte
Garr Reynolds

There is a wide range of TED talks on different aspects presentations and presenting 

And there are introductory resources specifically aimed at researchers, including: 
Tips from 3 Minute Thesis previous winners on good presentation

Good presentations

Training Courses

Draft Your Elevator Pitch
Improve Your Vocal Techniques for Presentations 
The Conversation

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