Book your place: email referral form (see below).

This is an accessible and inclusive module for all students who would benefit from extra support with expression in English at doctoral level.  The module is delivered in the first semester of each academic year. It is delivered in the form of seven taught group sessions followed by three individual tutorials. The latter will be based on your own written work.

The taught group sessions will take place on the following dates from 2- 4pm. All classes will take place online.

  • 13 October 2020
  • 20 October 2020
  • 27 October 2020
  • 10 November 2020
  • 17 November 2020
  • 24 November 2020
  • 3 December 2020

The individual sessions will be organised at mutually convenient times between the Module Leader and students during the second semester.

If you would like to register for the module, you will need to be referred by your Director of Studies. They will need to complete the referral form and email this to Richard Paterson ( Once you have been referred, you will be asked to complete a diagnostic assessment to make sure that the module is right for you.

Referrals from DoSs will need to reach Richard Paterson by Wednesday 23 September 2020. You will receive an emailing confirming your place on the module by Friday 2 October.

The university also provides support around writing through the Academic Liaison and Learning Development Team. One to one sessions and Postgraduate Cafes are available through them. Information on all they offer can be found here.



Doctoral research can sometimes mean that you will need some training in new research methods. The university runs a large number of research methods modules across its many masters programmes and it may be that joining some or all of the seminars of one of these modules will be useful to you. If you think that sitting in on one of these would be useful for your research, please discuss it with your Director of Studies. If you decide together that it would be helpful, then you should contact the Module Leader to ask if they would be happy for you to sit in on the class.

You can find the lists of research methods modules here.



All research involves working with others, whether that means thinking about what our reader needs when we are writing, engaging in discussion with supervisors and with others in our field, or joining with others to turn ideas into funding proposals or entrepreneurial schemes. This workshop will give you the opportunity to think about how best to work with others through your degree and beyond.

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15th March 2021
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All the physical or digital materials that underpin your final doctoral thesis are research data: from photographs of archival documents, reading notes and bibliographies, to spreadsheets, software, instrumental data, and 3D models. When planning your doctoral research, it is good practice to think about how you will collect, store, organise, and share this research data during and after the lifetime of your doctoral programme. This session introduces the basic principles of research data management across the research data lifecycle, from creation to publication. The second half of the workshop will comprise a practical exercise: ‘write your own data management plan’ for your doctoral research project. The University’s Research Data Management Officer [and an academic subject specialist] will be on-hand to answer any questions.

This session will enable doctoral researchers to:

  • understand what ‘research data’ is (cross-disciplinary)
  • understand the benefits of developing a research data management plan
  • create a data management plan (DMP) for their doctoral research project
  • locate guidance and support for managing research data both within and beyond the University



Writing retreats are a fantastic opportunity for researchers to concentrate on writing in a supportive atmosphere in a way that can increase both productivity and confidence. The DRDP supports two different kinds of writing retreat – residential and on campus.*

Both kinds of writing retreat follow the model of the structured-writing retreat (Murray and Newton, 2009), and are facilitated by colleagues who have been trained in this method. The retreats are designed around a well-being model, and the aim is to provide and enforce writing time in a relaxed, supportive and peaceful environment. The group writes together, during prescribed time-slots.

The residential writing retreats are held at the Abbey, Sutton Courtenay, Oxfordshire twice each academic year (December and July). There will be 10 places available for doctoral students. Travel costs (train/taxi) will be reimbursed after the retreat.

Instructions on how to apply for the residential retreats will go out via email in the middle of the first semester for the December retreat and early summer for the July retreat.

The on-campus writing retreats will all take place once a month through the academic year. Lunch will be included. You can apply to attend for as many of these as you wish.

Book a place on your preferred workshop below:

*In semester 1 of 2020/21 the ‘on campus’ retreats will be online.



Where foreign language proficiency is deemed essential for carrying out doctoral research projects, the University will facilitate relevant training through Polylang, the university’s open language programme, which is open to all students as well as to members of staff, our alumni community and members of the public. All levels are catered for, from beginner to advanced. Doctoral researchers should seek advice from their Director of Studies and discuss support needs with their School DRDP Co-ordinator.

You may also want to learn a language beyond the demands of your doctoral research, but if you wish to learn a language beyond your research, you will need to cover the fees yourself.

For more information on what Polylang offers, see here.

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