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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


Are you close to a full draft of your thesis? Does it resemble a baggy monster that needs taming? If so, this two-day 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.

Hotel accommodation is available on the Friday and Saturday nights. Lunch is provided on Saturday and Sunday, and there’s an optional dinner on Saturday evening.

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.

Deadline for applications: Friday 31 May 2019