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Centre for Learning and Study Support (CLaSS): Research Students

How CLaSS works with research students

CLaSS support is moving online. CLaSS lecturers will continue to offer support for students conducting independent research:

  • E-tutorials - Research students may be offered an extended (50-minute) slot. Please email Arina Cirstea (arina.cirstea@dmu.ac.uk) if you wish to book an extended tutorial.
  • Workshops
  • Online Resources Online resources are available on the CLaSS website. Also, please check below for a range of resources specifically targeted at doctoral researchers. 

Doctoral Writing Resources

There are a wealth of excellent online resources, books and blogs on academic writing, geared towards doctoral students. Some good examples include:

  • The Thesis Whisperer. A website with a wide range of contributors, edited by Dr Inger Mewburn
  • The Writer's Diet: Helen Sword's website on stylish and productive academic writing
  • Patter: Pat Thomson's blog on academic writing

Past events

Please follow the links to access resources from Academic Writing Day: Develop your confidence as a writer and Academic Writing Day 2: Strategies to develop your manuscript for journal publication.

Proofreading for Research Students

Research Students often enquire about proofreading support.

The research degree regulations at DMU (section 14.3) allow for "limited assistance with proof reading... with the prior approval of the supervisor". The role of a professional proofreader is limited to correcting "spelling, grammar and punctuation accuracy", but otherwise it is vital that the document is the student's own work.

The CLaSS Proofreading for Grammar Toolkit offers useful advice on developing your own proofreading strategies.