Online training


Online training
BYO computer, your house, your address


01 Feb 2021


9:15 am - 12:30 pm

SMP Virtual Writing Space

This online writing workshop has been organised by and is for the Sustainable Growth, Management and Economic Productivity (SMP) Pathway and is open to both ESRC funded and non-ESRC funded PGR students across the 7 WRDTP partner universities.

Virtual Writing Space is a loosely-facilitated writing session. The aim of the Space is to progress writing projects in a supportive environment. Most of the time will be used for writing, with everyone writing, including the facilitator. By using the existing BB Collaborate Community room which is dedicated to our Pathway, the writing session will be relatively informal as anyone from the Pathway is welcome to drop in using the link previously distributed to all members of SMP (you can also find this at the bottom of the page). Thus there is no need to book.

Writing Space works best when you:

  • Negotiate a quiet environment in which to work.
  • Focus exclusively on writing.
  • Agree not to use internet during the session.
  • Define specific goals and sub-goals, i.e. sections of paper/chapter, number of words.
  • Define and discuss content and structure for writing sub-goals.
  • Take stock of your achievements of these goals throughout the programme.
  • Discuss your writing-in-progress and generate mutual peer support.


  • Decide on a writing project or projects.
  • Do reading and other preparation beforehand.
  • Gather notes, plans, outlines etc. together. Outline the structure of your paper/chapter.
  • Download anything you need before you go, e.g. journals instructions for authors.

Participants will gain the opportunity to write in a supportive environment, and will produce writing that will be of use in their PhD. More broadly they will develop research skills relating to developing good writing habits and research output capacity. Discussion in the break about writing and research will help participants at all stages of the PhD to develop communication skills in relation to their research.

This training session will be delivered via Blackboard Collaborate. The link for this will be posted below a couple of days before the event. Please return to this page on the day and follow the link to the Writing Space.

Additional reading you may find useful

Brennan, Niamh M. 2019. “100 Research Rules of the Game: How to Make Your Research World Class; How to Successfully Publish in Top International Refereed Journals.” Accounting, Auditing and Accountability Journal 32 (2): 691–706.

Murray, R (2012) It’s not a hobby: Reconceptualizing the place of writing in academic work, Higher
Education. DOI: 10.1007/s10734-012-9591-7.

MacLeod I, Steckley L & Murray R (2011) Time is not enough: Promoting strategic engagement with writing for publication, Studies in Higher Education, 37(5): 641-54.

Moore S, Murphy M & Murray R (2010) Increasing academic output and supporting equality of career opportunity in universities: Can writers’ retreats play a role?, Journal of Faculty Development, 24(3): 21-30.

Murray R (2011) Developing a community of research practice, British Educational Research Journal, 38(5): 783-800.

Murray R & Newton M (2009) Writing retreat as structured intervention: Margin or mainstream?,
Higher Education Research and Development, 28(5): 527-39.

Hourly Schedule


9:15am -
Introductions and Goal Setting
9:30am -
10:45am -
11:00am -
12:15pm -
Feedback and wrap-up