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

Enhancing academic practice, writing development and study skills

How CLaSS works with research students

CLaSS offers support for students conducting independent research in a variety of ways, these include:

You may also want to have a look at the Researchers libguide page.

Why not also check out the Postgraduate Students' Society as a further way to meet fellow researchers.


Writing Group for Research Students

The Writing Group for Research Students is a small, informal group that meets in the Kimberlin Library on a monthly basis to discuss topics related to writing at doctoral level. We're always looking for new members, so please do come along to find out what we do. Whether you've only just started your research or are in the writing up stages, all research students are welcome.

Each session starts with a short workshop (1hr) followed by an hour of peer-to-peer writing feedback. Students can also attend as an interactive webinar - contact us for details of how to do so.

Meetings are held monthly from 10am to 12pm on Fridays in the Learning Development Zone, Ground Floor, Kimberlin Library.
2017/18 dates: 15 Sep; 20 Oct; 10 Nov; 15 Dec; 12 Jan; 16 Feb; 16 Mar; 20 Apr; 18 May; 15 Jun; 13 Jul; 17 Aug.

To register to attend, please contact Neil Skinner on

Thesis drop-ins and Online Tutorials

The thesis drop in gives you the chance to come along and ask questions directly related to your work.

Thesis Drop In takes place monthly from 10am to 11am on Tuesdays in the PhD student common room in Gateway House (3rd floor).

Thesis Drop In dates for 2017/18: 26 Sep; 31 Oct; 28 Nov; 19 Dec; 30 Jan; 27 Feb; 13 Mar; 24 Apr; 22 May; 26 Jun; 31 Jul; 28 Aug.

Online Tutorials are for 30 mins, at a time to suit you. Skype or similar software is used. Availability is limited each month. To
book, contact Dr Andrew Reeves on

CLaSS also offers face-to-face tutorials and e-tutorials for all DMU students - see

Shut up and Write

“Shut up and write” groups meet regularly across the globe (and weekly at DMU) to spend a little time together in a room to get some writing done. DMU holds monthly sessions aimed at staff and postgraduate researchers. No booking or long-term commitment required - just turn up.

Upcoming dates for 2017/18: Mondays 12.30 to 2pm, from 10th July 2017.

Venue: Kimberlin Library Collaboratory (former Confucious Institute, Gateway St)

Click below to download poster for more details, or contact Jason Eyre on


Thesis Boot Camp

Thesis Boot Camp is a weekend writing retreat, that aims to create a supportive environment for PhD students to make real headway in drafting text for their thesis. Dates for 2017/18 will be posted here when confirmed. Contact Jason Eyre on for more information.