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Getting Ready for Submission: Editing, Strengthening & Polishing Your Thesis

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Getting Ready for Submission: Editing, Strengthening & Polishing Your Thesis


  • Cumberland Lodge The Great Park, Windsor SL4 2HP (map)

Are you close to a full draft of your thesis? Does it resemble a baggy monster that needs taming? If so, this two-day residential workshop is for you. Through activities and tutorials, you’ll learn techniques for getting your thesis into shape. By the end of the weekend, you’ll have a perfectly polished chapter and a clear strategy for tackling the rest of your thesis.

We’ll cover:

·         How much time do you need for editing?

·         What are your examiners looking for?

·         Academic writing conventions

·         Improving your thesis structure

·         Signposting your argument

·         Maintaining consistency, clarity and connections

·         Wrangling with grammar and style

·         Proofreading your own work

·         Soliciting and implementing feedback

Attendees will need to bring a printed copy of a completed thesis chapter and a laptop.

Each topic comprises a facilitator-led tutorial and discussion, followed by a hands-on session during which the learning is applied on the participant’s thesis chapter. On the final afternoon, we’ll swap chapters to practice giving and receiving constructive feedback.

Accommodation and dinner is provided on Friday evening, but the workshop starts at 10am on Saturday. Attendees are welcome to arrive from 6pm on Friday.

Venue & Accommodation

The event is held at Cumberland Lodge, close to Egham Station (around 15 minutes from Waterloo).  You’ll get an en-suite single room on Friday and Saturday night, and meals are all provided in the restaurant. Full details and directions will be shared nearer the time

Feedback from previous sessions

“This was excellent, one of the most useful doctoral researcher development workshops I have done”

“Fantastic! The material and topics were very helpful”

“All very useful – really enabled me to move forward with shaping my thesis”

“The workshop offered really concrete, really applicable ideas, hints & tips. 

About the Facilitator

Dr Catherine Pope is an academic researcher and experienced workshop facilitator. Since completing her PhD in 2014, Catherine has worked with thousands of researchers and writers to help them achieve their goals. She runs workshops and writing retreats at many universities, including Sussex, Birkbeck, Canterbury Christ Church, Portsmouth, and Surrey. Catherine has also published books in her field of Victorian literature and on technology. She divides her time between the 19th and 21st centuries.

How to Apply

Places are strictly limited, so we’ll be assessing each application to determine your suitability for the workshop. Answering the questions fully will help us.

Deadline to apply - Friday 29 June