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Writing Across Boundaries: Workshop for PhD Students

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Each year the Writing Across Boundaries Project runs an intensive, two-day, residential workshop for social science PhD students in their third year to explore analytical and practical approaches to writing and offers participants an opportunity to reflect on the writing process itself as a form of social science thinking.

The next Writing Across Boundaries workshop will take place on 3rd and 4th of April 2017 at Collingwood College, Durham University

Eligible Participants

The workshop is targeted at PhD students in the social sciences in their third year of study, who:

  • Have used qualitative methods of data collection;
  • Are at the point of translating this data into written out-put for a thesis; and,
  • Have completed their fieldwork and have data that they have begun to process.


The provisional programme for the workshop will be available soon.

How to Apply

There are only 45 places available on our 2017 workshop. If you are interested in attending please complete our online application form by Friday, 20 January 2017 (5pm). Candidates will then be contacted by the Project Team by Tuesday, 7th February 2017 (5pm) as to whether they have been selected to join the workshop.Please note that the online application form requires a letter of support from your principal supervisor to be attached. This letter is crucial in evaluating your application, as it is important that the needs of participants are closely matched as possible to the style and content of the workshop.


The workshop registration is free for those from our regional and Northern Irish universities (Durham, Newcastle, Northumbria, Teesside, Sunderland, Queens and Ulster). For those from outside the Northern Ireland and North East Doctoral Training Partnership, we are charging £60. This includes lunch on both days and an evening dinner on the 3rd of April.

There will be limited overnight accommodation available at either Collingwood College or Grey College, Durham University, on the 2nd and or 3rd of April for £52 per night. If you accept a place on the workshop, you will be provided with a link to book your accommodation online. Unfortunately we are not able to assist with accommodation or travel costs for any of the participants.

Further Information

Please contact Robin Humphrey on 0191 2226763 / robin.humphrey@ncl.ac.uk, or Bob Simpson on 0191 3341619 / robert.simpson@durham.ac.uk if you require any further information about the Writing Across Boundaries workshop.

Source: Durham University

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