Writing for publication with Jen Allanson

Writing a Scientific Article – May 7th – 9:30-12:30

Getting your Work Published – May 7th – 13:30-16:30

Many PhD students will be looking to publish their first journal paper as part of their PhD, but how to get that first paper published can be a bit of a mystery. That’s why we have invited Jen Allanson to come and deliver two workshops for us on Writing a Scientific Article and Getting your Work Published. In preparation for these workshops, we asked Jen to tell us a little bit about herself and her motivation for developing these workshops:

When I was doing my PhD, it was clear that publishing was an important part of the process. I often heard the academic mantra “Publish or Perish.” But it never resonated with me. What did inspire me to write was seeing my colleagues jet off all over the world to attend conferences. It seemed that I could travel the world, at the department’s expense, if I wrote publishable-quality papers. That motivated me!

I still remember the thrill of seeing my name in print for the first time. It was in the proceedings of Collaborative Virtual Environments 98, a small conference held in Manchester (not the jet-set life I’d envisioned, but a start). I was the 4th named author on the paper. I hadn’t written a word of it. But I had built the software that the work was based upon. Lots of influential researchers from my field were at that conference. And at coffee breaks and lunches I asked people about their work (always a good strategy) and, in turn, talked my own. I hadn’t realised how important it was to air my ideas beyond the comfort of the supervisory context. I started to gain a clearer understanding of how my ideas fit within the larger research context.

In the following 12 months I was published three more times. With each publication I grew in confidence. In my final year I got my first journal publication. The Head of Department called me into his office to congratulate me. I felt like something had changed. I didn’t feel like a student any more. And being published gave me great confidence when it came time for my viva.

Learning how to write well, and to navigate review and publication systems, has been hugely beneficial. When I applied for my first academic job, the interviewers were very interested in my publications and collaborations. And since leaving academia I’ve met amazing people and been presented with many opportunities because of these skills.

This is why I love to run the Writing for Publication events. Mastery of these core communication skills will open unimaginable doors in your future. And it gives me great pleasure to help you gain practical knowledge and insight into these important processes.

Writing a Scientific Article – May 7th – 9:30-12:30

Getting your Work Published – May 7th – 13:30-16:30

Enhance your teaching practice and gain experience in development workshops

Do you want to develop your teaching practice, gain further teaching opportunities and contribute to the University-wide development programme at Liverpool?

The Liverpool Doctoral College Development Team offer a programme of webinar and workshops to learn and practice skills in facilitation and to develop techniques to create your own development workshops. This programme is open to all postgraduate researchers at Liverpool.

This series also offers essential preparation for those who would like to join our Development Tutor Scheme and gain paid work experience teaching on the LDC Development programme.

Developing my skills as a facilitator with the LDC Development team has been very worthwhile. I’ve been able to work in a number of roles – assisting with the delivery of workshops and webinars, collaborating on the development of new programme activities, and leading my own sessions teaching other PhD students. The work has been enjoyable and my confidence in public speaking has improved a lot’. Natasha Bradley, Institute of Psychology, Health and Society.

Facilitation webinars and workshops:

Please following links for further details and registration

Webinar: Introduction to Facilitation30-Apr12:30 – 13:30
Becoming a Facilitator08-May09:30 – 12:30
Webinar: Designing Workshops14-May12:30 – 13:30
 Facilitating Workshops23-May13:00 – 15:30

Development Tutor Scheme

All postgraduate researchers at the University are invited to apply for this programme, which offers an  opportunity to:

  • Learn new skills in facilitation and how to use these skills to create your own workshops
  • Gain paid experience  delivering or assisting at LDC Development workshops and webinars
  • Shape and contribute to the development programme offered to  all PGRs at Liverpool
  • Add to your CV

 You will be paid for both delivery and preparation. This scheme is flexible, with opportunities to work at times to fit your own schedules and gain the experience most relevant to your ambitions. The scheme offers the following opportunities:

Assistance at workshops and webinars: We are looking for tutors to support the delivery of workshops, particularly ‘Taking Ownership of the PhD’  and to assist at webinars, where you can join the presenter  in delivery and share your own experiences.

Deliver your own workshops and webinars: Do you have an idea for a topic that you’d like to deliver as  a development workshop or webinar? We offer opportunities in our programme and the support and advice to help you convert your idea into practice.

Co-deliver the development of new webinars: We welcome new ideas for the webinar programme from researchers  who would like to work with us in the development and delivery of these sessions, which may then become part of our formal programme.

For further information please contact Dr Shirley Cooper, Shirley.cooper@liverpool.ac.uk

Summer writing retreats

Dates have been set for this year’s summer writing retreats. We have two retreats planned, both are two full days of dedicated writing time.

Thursday 13th – Friday 14th June & Monday 8th -Tuesday 9th July

Apply now for your place in one of the writing retreats
How much of your thesis could you get done in two days?

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PGRs getting the thesis done at the last Summer Writing Retreat

“It got me focused with no distractions and write something down within the short time. Outside the writing retreat, I spend much more time to complete the same task”

“The pressure of other people writing and being quiet really helped me focus.”

It enabled me to work better on my writing tasks as I had peers around me doing the same in a quiet and conducive environment.

Finding time for writing can be a challenge for most writers, so many other things can take priority in the moment. The popularity of our regular mini writing retreats are evidence that PGRs are no different. The writing retreats provide protected time for writing in a supportive atmosphere, and by signing up you make yourself accountable to someone else to make sure the writing actually happens.

Our regular writing retreats are there to help you build a regular writing practice. These short sessions show you how much you can really get done in a few hours or even just a 25 minute session. Yet sometimes we really need more sustained writing time to really make progress. The occasional 25 minutes or half day here and there is great for keeping a writing project progressing, but occasionally a longer period is needed to make a big leap forward.

That is why we are hosting two 2-day writing retreats this summer: 13-14 June and 8-9 July. These will be two full days of sustained writing, with no distractions. We supply the venue, food and drink to fuel your writing and motivation to keep you going. You need to come prepared to do the writing. Think how much of your thesis you could get done in two days of solid concentration!

To apply for a place on one of these retreats, please complete the on-line application form. Spaces are limited so priority will be given to those who have a clear plan for the writing they will accomplish during the retreat.

Closing date for applications is 5pm on Monday 20th May
Please note that no late applications will be accepted!
Applicants will be notified of the outcome during week of 27 May.