Events

Upcoming Events:

The Paragraph Magic Webinar: complexity was never so simple with Dr Dan Soule
Research Writing Seminar

Event Details: Friday, 4th March 2022 at 10am. Register for event here: https://telcit.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZUtdu-tqzotHNFnuoB_qeyRBad9sWd6514u

Research is complex. There is so much going on, so much that is relevant how do you make it all connect and make sense without getting tangled in a knot of ideas? In short how do you achieve clarity and flow in your argument? Writing clearly about complex things isn’t easy, but the way to get there is simpler than you might imagine. And the key is paragraphs.

In this short and powerful webinar, Dr Dan Soule will show you how understanding how paragraphs work contains the magic ingredient to unlocking clarity and flow. The lessons of structure, editing and rewriting paragraphs scale through the whole document, if you know the trick. All this in a 1-hour presentation, with a short Q and A at the end. After this, you’ll never edit in the same way again.

 

The Critical Reading Formula Webinar: taking great notes and developing your thinking with Dr Dan Soule
Research Writing Seminar

Event Details: Friday, 13th May at 10am, online. Register for event here: https://telcit.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZUvf-6tqD8rHdN2fFylav_QLXEh6fHrYROd

Have you ever felt there is too much to read? Is there a mountain of information that seems not just impossible to climb but easy to get lost in your avalanche of notes? Have you ever found your notes don’t make sense later? Or that connecting the dots and critiquing research seems like a mammoth task?

In the Critical Reading Formula Webinar, Dr Dan Soule will outline a clear method for developing high quality notes on research papers, chapters and books. He will demonstrate a simple set of practical tasks with powerful organisational and analytical potential for you to exploit and adapt to your own purposes.

This workshop won’t give you the answers to the research questions you have; but it will give you a formula by which you can attack those problems systematically and rigorously. All this in a 1-hour presentation, with a short Q and A at the end. Sign up and transform your note taking.

 

The Effective Research Writer with Dr Dan Soule
Research Writing Seminar

Event Details: Friday, 27th May at 10am, online. Register for event here: https://telcit.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZEsdOmqqTsjGtMMSRP_WGERQtPb5S8Dsiu8

Have you ever found there isn’t enough time for writing? Perhaps when the time comes you find yourself procrastinating? Then there is that blank white page taunting you, while a hundred other things are calling for your attention.

In The Effective Research Writer Webinar, Dr Dan Soule, author of over nine books, and 30 short stories, will discuss the keys to being an effective and productive writer. You will explore the things that stop you writing and discuss the key features and habits of an effective writer.

All this in a 1-hour presentation, with a short Q and A at the end. Sign up and transform your writing process.

Dr Dan Soule is a sought-after research writing trainer, known for his bright and energetic style. A former university lecturer and published academic, Dan now teaches at universities all over the UK, Ireland and Norway. Dan is also a fiction author, having published five novels and over 30 short stories, and the only thing he loves as much as writing is teaching.

 

NVivo Training with Ben Meehan, QDA Training 

Event details to be confirmed shortly.

 

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MTU Postgraduate Research Writing Competition

As our postgraduate research students live and work in an increasingly digital and information-driven age, the ability to write and communicate in a variety of styles appropriate to a range of audiences becomes increasingly important.

The Graduate Studies Office organised the inaugural MTU Postgraduate Research Writing Competition. Its aim was to provide postgraduate research students from all disciplines across the University with an opportunity to develop their writing skills and communicate their research to society.

Students were asked to submit a written article of no more than 500 words. The writing to take on any form, but the piece to be original, solely the work of the author and not published anywhere else in any format.  A judging panel, drawn from across the University, assessed the entries on the basis of three judging criteria: content, clarity and creativity

The winners of the 2021 MTU Postgraduate Research Writing Competition were:

  • In 1st place, the winning entry was titled ‘In Touch with Data - An Exploration of Data Physicalization’ Sarah Hayes, a PhD candidate in the Department of Computer Science
  • In 2nd place, with an entry titled ‘Sending Microbes to Mars: My Out-Of-This-World Research’:  Daniel Keaney, a PhD candidate in the Department of Biological Sciences
  • In 3rd place,  ‘Farming the Sea, Cleaning Up Our Act’ written by Amy Fitzpatrick, a PhD candidate in the Department of Biological Sciences

Read all entries to the 2021 competition below in ‘A snapshot of Postgraduate Research’

 

 

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