Pre-confirmation workshops (for PhD / MPhil candidates)

13 Sep 2021 from 1:00pm - 24 Sep 2021 until 3:00pm
Every day, until 24 Sep 2021

HDR Workshops

Research, Writing, and Presenting Workshops (online via Zoom)

These workshops are designed for new PhD / MPhil candidates seeking general guidance and skills development. These workshops are not intended to cover discipline-specific skills.

Please also note that these workshops involve participation, which may include discussions in breakout rooms.

They are run most days from 13 - 24 September - please see the full schedule below.

Register for a workshop here

Workshops are run by the Academic Learning Support team.

Date / time


13 September

13:00 – 15:00

Presenting for Confirmation

Understand confirmation presentations: what? why? how?


14 September

13:00 – 15:00

Productive Writing Strategies

Overcome procrastination and develop good writing habits.


15 September

13:00 – 15:00

Refine Your Writing

Explore some of the features of good academic writing.


17 September

13:00 – 15:00

Reading the Literature

Learn strategies to better comprehend the literature.


21 September

13:00 – 15:00

Writing the Research Proposal

Understand the structure and content of the research proposal.


22 September

13:00 – 14:00

ITS Software and Time-Saving Tips

Learn about the FREE software available to UoN research candidates.


24 September

13:00 – 15:00

Writing the Literature Review

Analyse the language and structure of a literature review.

English Language Workshops (online via Zoom)

These interactive workshops are intended forPhD / MPhil candidates with English as a Second Language (ESL); however, they may also be suitable to native English speakers who would like to refine their language skills.

They are held at 1 pm on Mondays and Wednesdays from 11 October - please see below for more information.

Register for a language workshop here

Date / time


11 October – 8 November

13:00 – 14:30

Advanced Speaking Practice (in Academic Contexts)

Analyse and practise speaking in various contexts, e.g. conferences, supervisor meetings, and networking events.


13 October – 10November

13:00 – 14:30

Advanced Grammar Practice (in Academic Contexts)

Analyse and improve examples of your and other students’ writing, focussing on correct grammar for clear communication.

  • Online, via Zoom

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