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PG Research Writing Group

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 help research students become more efficient, effective and confident in their writing. 

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 over the course of the programme to hone their writing skills.

Dates and Venue

  • The next edition of the programme will run from 19th May to 25th June 2021. 
  • The programme will be delivered online. Materials will be available on Loop; webinars and individual writing support appointments will be held via Zoom or Google Meet. 


Week 1: "Writing Habits: What Is Best for You?" Live webinar (19th May, 11:00-12:30)

Week 2: "A Focused Approach: Planning and Structure." Live webinar (26th May, 11:00-12:30)

Week 3: "Reading and Writing Critically." Live webinar (2nd June, 11:00-12:30)

Week 4: Peer Review. Live practical workshop (9th June, 11:00-13:00)

Week 5: "Academic Phrasing." Live webinar (16th June, 11:00-12:30)

Week 6: Individual writing support. One-on-one appointment with writing tutor (each student to book a time that suits during the week)

Tutor Bio: Dr David McKinney

David has extensive experience supporting research students through the writing process at postgraduate level. He is currently working as a lecturer for the Schools of English and Irish in UCD, and is a tutor in the UCD Writing Centre. He 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.

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 who have a piece of writing to work on over the course of the six weeks. Students who sign up for the group are expected to make all six sessions.


DCU students undertaking doctoral studies or a masters by research will be notified directly by the Graduate Studies Office when registration opens.