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

27 - 28 July 2019 | Brighton

(Exact location will be confirmed to successful registrants)

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.

Feedback from previous sessions:

Not only have are the tools invaluable in themselves, I have a much clearer view of how long it will take to complete my thesis and can have a much more constructive and realistic conversation with my supervisors.
I feel more confident about my progress to date and ability to complete on time and to my supervisors’ satisfaction. I learned how to improve my writing and editing which made a noticeable difference in the editing sessions. Thank you!
The workshop was absolutely great and has given me a lot of confidence for moving forward.
Great weekend which contributed towards my editorial progress. The editing and proofreading techniques were very helpful. I do thank the facilitator.
Catherine delivered a great workshop – with advice and lessons seldom offered by other PhD training.

Terms and conditions

By registering below you are applying for a place on this training programme or selected sessions that form part of the programme. A member of the CHASE team or the workshop leader will contact you in due course to confirm that a place has been allocated to you. If you no longer require a place, please email as soon as possible so your name can be removed from the registration list.  

If you are allocated a place but can no longer attend, please email so that your place can be reallocated. CHASE training is free to attend and events are often oversubscribed with a waiting list. Failure to notify us of non-attendance in good time (ideally 5 days prior to the workshop/programme) means your place cannot be reallocated and may result in your access to future CHASE training being restricted.