Symposium on “Building Higher Degree Research Student Writing Capacity”

The Association of Academic Language and Learning (AALL)  is presenting a symposium Building Higher Degree Research Student Writing Capacity to be held at the University of Sydney, on October 3, 2014.

Abstracts are due July 16th !

This free one-day symposium is an opportunity for institutions to showcase innovative practices – offered by supervisors, academic developers and language advisers for example – that support doctoral writing and develop institutional capacity in developing researcher writing capabilities. The organisers are interested in individual and institutional innovations, theorisation and research, and we believe Macquarie University has much to offer in this regard.

Keynote speakers include Adjunct Professor Bill Green (Charles Sturt University) and Dr Inger Mewburn (Director of Research Training, ANU, and blogger: Thesiswhisperer). A lively day of discussion and exchange is planned for key stakeholders including supervisors, academic writing educators, academic developers, deans and directors of graduate research and doctoral students.

W encourage you to consider putting in an Abstract to present and mark the date in your diary! Read more about how to submit your abstract.

This symposium focuses on two primary touch points for developing student writing:

1. The student supervisory relationship, and;
2. Institutionally endorsed spaces from which programmatic and/or
centrally delivered writing ‘support’ may be provided by faculty
academics, academic developers, and academic language and learning

We are seeking abstracts of 250 words in length describing practices and models within, or traversing the two primary touch point spaces that we have identified. We want to know what is happening in these spaces that is innovative, that works, and that encourages students to write.

We are interested in papers that not only share practice but that also:

1. Provide evidence of what works;
2. Discuss current or potential links between providers of writing
3. Identify debates, constraints and enablers in the building of HDR student writing capacity;
4. Address pedagogical or curriculum issues;
5. Raise issues of responsibility for building student writing capacity.


When submitting your abstract, please nominate your preference for either:

1. A short 5 minute showcase describing an innovation – maximum 5 slides per presentation;
2. A longer 20 minute presentation which provides a deeper reflection based on one or more of the five parameters of interest identified above.

Please email your abstract to by July 16th 2014.

Written by Dr Claire Aitchison, Senior Lecturer, Learning and Teaching Centre


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