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Writing Effectively

This session will consider the basic elements of effective academic writing and how they can be combined to ensure the best chance of success. Issues covered will include preparation (targeted literature reviewing, taking a ‘stance’ as an author, and the creation of a preliminary draft), the task of writing (having clear aims, order and structure, signposting, guiding the reader, drafting), writing style (the achievement of clarity and simplicity) and the need for a clear, logical and straightforward conclusion or ‘take-home’ message. The session will also provide an opportunity to discuss writing issues specific to particular disciplines or students. This session represents over a decade of academic writing experience packed into two hours, so please come along and take advantage!

Aimed at

Doctoral Researchers (early, mid-stage & final stage) and Postdoctoral Researchers



Joining instructions



 In order to attend the session, you need to download the appropriate virtual classroom software, provided by Electa-Live. This can be accessed directly from the Electa website at: do this as soon as possible and do not wait for the day of the session. The software can be downloaded to a PC, laptop, tablet, or even a smartphone. Remember, however, that downloading to a work computer may require administrative permissions to be granted. For this reason, the use of a personal computer is recommended.

Once you have the software, you can join the session by clicking on the following link:

 It’s as simple as that! Please note, however, that the above link will not work until the virtual classroom is open and that will happen 30 MINUTES before the session’s official start time. Please enter the classroom nice and early, especially if this is your first online session, to make sure that your speakers are working appropriately. This can be done via the ‘Audio Set up Wizard’ which is available via the ‘Audio’ menu at the top of the screen (or by clicking the ‘spanner’ icon to the top left). If you do have a microphone, please leave it turned OFF once it’s set up. This is done using the microphone icon at the very top left of the screen. Thanks. Please note, however, that it isn’t necessary to have a microphone to communicate in the session. A text chat function is available (at the bottom left of the screen) and many attendees prefer to use this as a means of posting their thoughts and questions. I will be in the classroom 30 minutes before the session starts if help is required, or you can mail me at any earlier point if you are having set-up problems. I’ll do my best to assist!

ABOUT THE SESSION ITSELF: If you have any particular issues/topics you’d like me to cover in the session, things that are already troubling you or questions you’d like me to answer, please let me know in advance and I’ll do my best to help. Please email-

Otherwise, no advance preparation is required. All the online training sessions take advantage of the skills and academic experience of the presenter – gathered over too many years in my case(!) – as well as many useful tips and tricks-of-the-trade, to render potentially complicated and multi-layered academic tasks a little more simple. We hope you enjoy! The session slides and a session recording will be forwarded after the session, but I’d still recommend that you take some notes as we go along. It’s a sensible thing to do and too few students do it effectively.

Looking forward to seeing/hearing you all during the session…

Best wishes,


Key learning outcomes

By the end of this training, participants will be able to:

  • Understand the importance of talking about the academic writing process
  • Prepare appropriately for academic writing projects, including being clear about the outcomes they are trying to achieve
  • Deliver their academic writing more quickly and effectively (to a system)
  • Edit their writing to achieve greater communicative precision and clarity

Presented by

Dr Simon Watts, PGR Training Coordinator & Deputy Director of the Graduate School, Faculty of Social Science, University of East Anglia

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Brunel 3D Development Tool

Develops the following:

Skills needed to do your research and career

Skills needed to disseminate your research

Researcher Development Framework (RDF) Competencies

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