From UoB to UBC- a U21 fellowship blog

Bye bye BC

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Sadly, my fellowship has come to an end, but not before I was able to achieve one of my original aims, finding out more about UBC’s writing provision.

In a show of poor timing, the GPS writing week is actually next week, but Meghan from the Writing Centre in the department of Continuing Studies (the brains behind Grammar Squirrel) kindly met with me to discuss the activities she and GPS hold on academic writing. The writing centre works with all types of student, but for grad students they offer a combination of one to one advice sessions, workshops, and small thesis writing workshops supported by an active member of faculty. These focus on peer support for writing and encouraging members to share their work and edit each other’s early drafts. Meghan said they’ve found this encourages accountability and helps people keep writing, even when it’s difficult. As I’m possibly planning on introducing a writing circle at UoB it was really useful to brainstorm some ideas with her!

They also have new sessions planned for autumn, including some on writing for publication, and more Grammar Squirrel videos. They are considering adding another character to the videos- may I suggest a Sentence Swan?

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Author: Erika H

Erika Hawkes, Postgraduate Researcher Development Officer at the University of Birmingham. Creator/facilitator of University Graduate School development programmes. Interested in professional development, writing support, and cohort identity among postgraduate researchers. Enthusiastic knitter and accidental ice hockey fan. Opinions are my own, not those of my employer.

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