PG Research Writing Group

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NOTE: The PG Research Writing group will be run online during the current period of campus closure due to the ongoing Covid 19 situation. Details are available below.

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 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 receive input from the tutor on how to tackle different aspects of the writing process with an opportunity to ask questions. Students will also receive individual writing support from a writing tutor over the course of the programme to hone their writing skills.

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 postgraduate level.

Dates and Venue

  • Due to the ongoing Covid 19 situation the programme will be run online in 2020-21. Workshops will be held by webinar and individual writing support appointments will be held by video link.
  • The next upcoming six week programme will run over May and June 2020. The sessions will run on a Wednesday morning from 11am - 12 pm on the following dates: May 13th, 20th, 27th and June 3rd, 10th, 17th.

Programme Format

In weeks 1, 2, 4 and 5 of the programme students will attend a one hour webinar held via Zoom covering a different aspect of the writing process. In weeks 3 and 6 students will have the opportunity to avail of a 30 minute individual appointment with Dr. McKinney to discuss their writing progress. Times for these appointments will be set in advance individually with Dr. McKinney.

113/5/2011.00-12.00Webinar: “Writing Habits: What Is Best For You?”A one hour webinar followed by Q&A
220/5/2011.00-12.00Webinar: “A Focused Approach: Planning and Structure”A one hour webinar followed by Q&A
327/5/20Times set individually with Dr. McKinneyIndividual writing supportIndividual 30 minute appointment with Dr. McKinney
43/6/2011.00-12.00Webinar: “Reading and Writing Critically”A one hour webinar followed by Q&A
510/6/2011.00-12.00Webinar: “Academic Phrasing”A one hour webinar followed by Q&A
617/6/20Times set individually with Dr. McKinneyIndividual writing supportIndividual 30 minute appointment with Dr. McKinney

Student Requirements

The group is open to any DCU student undertaking doctoral studies or a masters by research. It 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 all 6 sessions.


Registration for the May/June 2020 programme will be available shortly.