Research writing groups (RWG)

Research Writing Groups are an excellent way of developing the skills and confidence needed to get through a PhD. The groups meet fortnightly to set and review goals, to discuss writing produced both during and between meetings, and to share experiences and strategies. Whilst each group evolves its own style of working, groups typically follow a review–write–feedback cycle (see illustration below).

Review–write–feedback cycle

Meeting as a group helps to break the sense of isolation that sometimes accompanies independent research, and provides a low-stake opportunity to explore ideas. Facilitated by group leaders based within the Study Skills Centre, our groups are multi-disciplinary. As such, they enable productive cross-fertilisation of ideas, and reinforce the need to write and to think clearly and cogently.

Membership of groups is based around the needs of individual research-writers and generally results in group members working alongside researchers who are at similar points in their project. The groups are not exclusive to people who are writing up. To register your interest in joining a group, follow the link below and tell us a bit about your project.