PhD support beyond teaching: The need to communicate effectively in (research) writing


  • Lynn McAlpine



PhD writing support is not typically something that academic developers have engaged in, so I begin by describing why I think this is something we should consider doing. I then explain the research basis for the suite of research writing workshops which we have piloted in an Erasmus+ grant (, as well as their general design, and examples of slides and handouts for three workshops. I end by considering the value of integrating support for PhD writing into broader academic development offerings. My hope is that you will be convinced of the value of taking up this idea in order to enhance PhD progress and potentially graduates’ supervisory and teaching practices if they take up academic posts.