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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 and topics for the 10am to 11am workshop:

15 Sep: Writing with Clarity and Brevity.

20 Oct: "Shut up and Write!" - an hour of productive writing.

10 Nov: “Critical Writing – learning from good examples” We will look at how write critically in a range of disciplines, drawing upon authors recommended by DMU PhD supervisors for their excellent writing quality.

15 Dec: "The 500 word club" - a chance to do an hour of productive writing in a supportive environment.

12 Jan: "How to write when you don't want to. Hints and tips on avoiding procrastination about writing."

16 Feb: Co-writing and Co-authorship" - exploring the practicalities and politics of writing papers with supervisors and colleagues.

16 Mar: Accessible Writing for a General Audience, featuring a guest talk from Felicity Easton, Editor in Chief of Leicester University's Frontier magazine.

20 Apr: Guest online speaker: Helen Sword, author of "Stylish Academic Writing". (TBC in April)

18 May: Dealing with Feedback: making sense of supervisor's comments and responding effectively. 

15 Jun: Ask the Expert - bring your writing questions and hear writing tips from a panel featuring PhD supervisors and a thesis proof-reader.

13 Jul: "Summer Writing Cafe - an hour of productive writing with light refreshments.

17 Aug: "Summer Writing Cafe - an hour of productive writing with light refreshments.

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.

(New) Venue: DMU Innovation Centre Lounge, Bonners Lane, DMU Campus.

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.