Author Archives: pat thomson

About pat thomson

Pat Thomson is Professor of Education in the School of Education, The University of Nottingham, UK

writing with your supervisor

This is a guest post from Dr Charlotte Wegener who is Assistant Professor at the Department of Communication, Aalborg University, Denmark I am currently finalizing draft chapters for a book I’m co-writing with my former supervisor. The title of the … Continue reading

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is the PhD a ‘journey’?

It’s not at all uncommon for doctoral researchers to think about the PhD as a journey. And they generally use the PhD-as-journey as more than a simple metaphor – it becomes a, even THE way of explaining to other people … Continue reading

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why you should start an academic writing group

This is a guest post by Katherine Ellsworth-Krebs, a final year PhD researcher from the University of St Andrews. It might be a little weird, but I like to read about the process of writing. Sometimes this might be procrastination, … Continue reading

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thesis know-how – go direct to the source

It’s not at all uncommon for thesis writers to use secondary sources. This term – using secondary sources – refers to the practice of reading about Text X that is relevant to your work in Text Y, and then referencing … Continue reading

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reviewing a journal article – are you Jekyll or Hyde?

So you’ve been sent a paper to review. Before you even start thinking about what to do, and before you start thinking about reading beyond the abstract, it’s a good idea to check the stance you are about to take. … Continue reading

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manufacturing the academic ‘self’ on university home pages

Ive been interested in academic branding and profiling for a while. I’ve begun to do a much-less-than-systematic trawl through university home pages. You know, the official pages where university staff have to describe themselves. I’m up to about fifty webpages … Continue reading

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taste the #acwri difference – recount, summary, argument

There are three major genres of academic writing that we use most of the time. It’s good to understand the differences between them and where they are used, and how. Recount A recount is a text which talks about what … Continue reading

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