News and events

The Centre holds regular centre meetings throughout the academic year.  We have planned specific doctoral sessions, targeted at aspects we think might be useful, but doctoral students are very welcome to attend ALL Centre meetings.  In addition the Centre also regularly hosts visiting speaker seminars in which everyone are welcome to attend.  

The Centre will be hosting Dr Marcello Giovanelli (Aston University) in February 2018 as part of the Graduate School of Education Research Seminar Series.  

Please see the events listing below for specific event information.  

'Making Poetry Happen' book shortlisted for academic book award

We are pleased to report that ‘Making Poetry Happen’ co-edited by centre member Anthony Wilson has been shortlisted for the UK Literacy Association (UKLA)  Academic Book Award 2016.  Full details of the announcement are on the UKLA website.  

 The Centre for Research in Writing have been awarded with this year's ESRC Celebrating Impact Prize.  The team of Dr Sue Jones, Prof Debra Myhill, Dr Helen Lines, Dr Annabel Watson were awarded for their research into the development of writing in school-aged children that has shaped national and international policy, improved children’s writing abilities and changed classroom practice.  Further details of the award are available here.

Centre members Debra Myhill, Susan Jones, Helen Lines and Annabel Watson were announced winners of the “Outstanding Impact in Policy and Education” Impact Award 2013 at the awards ceremony held at the University in December.    The award was given for their writing research.

Impact Award 2013 Winners imageLearning to write is one of the most important skills a young person learns – it is a gatekeeper to future economic wellbeing. Yet achievement in writing has remained stubbornly resistant to policy initiatives and professional intervention.

The Centre for Research in Writing has provided the first evidence that embedding grammar within the teaching of writing significantly increases writing improvement rates.
Through professional development with teachers and a partnership with Pearson Education, the project has changed classroom practice and the professional understanding of writing tutoring.

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28 November 2017

Centre for Research in Writing - Centre meeting

Qatar National Research Fund: Metadiscourse proposal. Discussion of QNRF grant proposal led by Esmaeel Abdollahzadeh and Debra Myhill.. Full details
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12 December 2017

Centre for Research in Writing - Centre meeting

Doctoral Session: Research design. In this session we will invite year 1 students to present their draft research design and methodology, and receive feedback from peers.. Full details
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16 January 2018

Centre for Research in Writing - Centre meeting

The discursive: how talk influences writing. Bryan Smith will circulate some advance reading on the idea of how talk shapes writing for discussion in this meeting.. Full details
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30 January 2018

Centre for Research in Writing - Centre meeting

Doctoral Session: Conducting a Systematic Review. This session will be led by the Medical School, and will outline ways of undertaking a systematic literature review. Full details
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6 February 2018

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What is quality in research publications? In this session we will discuss articles and their possible REF grading, alongside a general consideration of a trajectory of quality in research publications.. Full details
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6 February 2018

Seminar by Dr Marcello Giovanelli (Aston University) Text World Theory and teacher-oriented grammatics: Facilitating creativity, reading and writing in the classroom

Stylistics has both over time and more recently underpinned much work that has gone on in EFL teaching, work in English departments in higher education, and creative and professional writing programmes. However, its potential influence as a valuable pedagogical tool for secondary age students (11-18) has yet to be fully explored. This paper therefore argues for a stylistics-informed pedagogy in the secondary phase drawing on Halliday’s notion of ‘grammatics’ as a way of using knowledge about language ‘to think with’. Specifically, I argue that Text World Theory offers an example of what I term ‘teacher-oriented grammatics’ and provides a cognitively-informed updating of existing reader-responses theories which have traditionally been seen as highly attractive by teachers.. Full details
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20 February 2018

Centre for Research in Writing - Centre meeting

Doctoral Session: Quasi experimental methods. In this session, Dongbo Zhang will lead an overview and discussion of quasi-experimental research designs.. Full details
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6 March 2018

Centre for Research in Writing - Centre meeting

Doctoral session: variety in qualitative data collection methods. This workshop will look at alternatives to very familiar qualitative data collection processes, such as interviews, and consider how richer data might be secured if different methods are used.. Full details
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20 March 2018

Centre for Research in Writing - Centre meeting

Reading-writing connections. Dongbo Zhang will talk through some of his ideas for a new research grant looking at vocabulary in reading and writing.. Full details
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8 May 2018

Centre for Research in Writing - Centre meeting

Understanding Writing through Corpus Linguistic Methods. Phil Durrant will outline preliminary findings from the Growth in Grammar project.. Full details
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22 May 2018

Centre for Research in Writing - Centre meeting

Doctoral Session: Criticality in reading and writing. Feedback that writing needs to be more critical is very widespread in academic writing: this workshop will explore what it means to be critical.. Full details
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5 June 2018

Centre for Research in Writing - Centre meeting

Doctoral Session: Qualitative Data Coding Workshop 1. This is the first of a pair of workshops which will give practical experience of coding qualitative data.. Full details
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19 June 2018

Centre for Research in Writing - Centre meeting

Doctoral Session: Qualitative Data Coding Workshop 2. This is the second of a pair of workshops which will give practical experience of coding qualitative data.. Full details
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