This month is #AcWriMo (academic writing month), so Vicky Wallace, Research Skills Advisor, talks about academic writing, but perhaps not for an obvious audience.
What is The Conversation?
Launched in Australia in 2011, and then in the UK in 2013, The Conversation is an independent source of informed opinion from the academic and research community. The Conversation is funded by universities, research institutions, corporate bodies, foundations and reader donations, enabling it to be free for readers and authors. And PhD students may write for The Conversation! Continue reading “Join The Conversation”
A research thesis is a very different piece of writing from anything else you may have produced before, and from anything you will need to do in future, and as such, it can be difficult to understand exactly what is required, particularly in terms of structure and style. Looking at previous theses can provide really useful examples to help you navigate this unique form of academic writing. Continue reading “In the footsteps of others”
One way to think about conference abstracts is that they are a sales pitch for your presentation/poster. You are trying to sell your presentation first of all to the conference organisers, and then if accepted, to the conference attendees who will be using the abstracts to decide which presentations to attend and which posters to seek out. Continue reading “Abstracts: art or science?”
An important part of the research process is communicating and disseminating your work. There’s no point in doing the research in the first place if no-one gets to hear about what you’ve discovered. One key route for dissemination is in writing, but equally as important is communication through oral presentation. Oral presentation has a key advantage in that it allows immediate dialogue with your audience, enabling dynamic knowledge exchange and debate which will ultimately benefit your research.
Everyone feels apprehensive about the prospect of presenting their research in front of an audience, but it’s important to focus on the exciting opportunity you’ve been offered to share your research and discuss it with interested people. Remembering why you signed up to present in the first place is helpful in overcoming your nerves, as well as helping you prepare a successful presentation; clarity about your central message and the nature of your audience will help you focus on what really needs to be said and how. Continue reading “Present your research with confidence”