Course Detail

RD307 - Finding your Voice as an Academic Writer

Audience: research staff and PhD studentsin later stages of their PhD

Preparation: you are invited to bring samples of your own writing, on which to practise the techniques learnt. Please also bring to the workshop an extract, book or journal article by an academic whose writing you admire.

As well as conducting research that is rigorous, original and significant, academics are also expected to be skilled writers, able to communicate their research findings clearly and persuasively to their peers and to a wider audience. Yet while publication in leading academic journals is increasingly critical to success for both individuals and institutions, even experienced researchers may struggle to find a distinctive 'voice' that engages the reader without loss of academic rigour. This intensive and interactive half-day workshop explores what it means to develop an authentic voice of your own. Its chief goal is to help you identify and refine your voice as a writer, enabling it to be heard above the clamour of competing voices in your field.

Keywords: authenticity, rigorous writing, developing good reading and writing habits


By the end of this course, participants should be able to:

  • Identify and develop your unique voice as an academic writer.
  • Adopt appropriate voices for different audiences.
  • Appreciate how developing your own voice can more effectively communicate the originality, significance and rigour of your research.
  • Cultivate good habits of reading and writing that will help nurture your own developing academic voice.

Provided by: Researcher Development


Date: Wednesday 11 March 2020

Venue: Scape 0.15, ME, Scape, Mile End

Time: 10:00 - 13:00


  • Ms J Potter