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The writing process at postgraduate research level can be challenging. The DCU Student Learning team, in collaboration with the Graduate Studies Office, has created a new six week programme to support research students in their writing process. The programme is facilitated by an expert writing tutor. Each week the writers in the group will discuss their writing, receive input from the tutor on how to tackle different aspects of the writing process, and avail of time to focus on their own writing. Students will be expected to share their writing for feedback from the group tutor and for peer review.

Tutor Bio - Dr. David McKinney

David holds a first-class honours BA in English and Italian, a first-class honours MA in Anglo-Irish Literature and a PhD in English from University College Dublin. He is currently working as an occasional lecturer for the School of English in UCD and the British Institute of Modern Music as well as tutoring in the UCD Writing Centre. He has extensive experience supporting research students through the writing process at postgrad level.

Group Format

10:00Facilitated discussion and tutor input
11:00Coffee break!
11:30Guided writing session

Student Requirements

The group is open to any DCU student undertaking doctoral studies or a masters by research. As the sessions will contain writing blocks the group programme is most relevant to students who are at the writing rather than research stage and have a piece of writing to work on over the course of the 6 weeks. Students who sign up for the group are expected to make at least 5 out of the 6 sessions.

Dates and Venue

The next upcoming six week programme will run over May and June 2019. Wednesdays 10am-1pm, HG06 (Nursing Building) on the DCU Glasnevin Campus. Dates: May 8th, 15th, 22nd, 29th, June 5th and 12th.


Registration for the May/June 2019 group is now closed. Toe request to be placed on a waiting list please email

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