Academic writing and communication skills

Effective writing and communication skills are essential for your studies and your future. .

Stay in touch with workshop opportunities on the Graduate Research professional development and training portal.


English language help

If you need specific help with your writing skills, we provide a range of opportunities:


Writing programs

There are many opportunities to hone your academic writing. Workshops, programs and resources include:

  • Re:Cite is the Library’s guide to citing and managing references in your writing
  • The Academic Skills Hub provides courses on developing graduate academic writing
  • Shut Up & Write: A group writing session that helps to overcome procrastination and write your thesis

iThenticate Similarity Report

In preparation for your confirmation, you are strongly encouraged to use the text matching tool iThenticate for any substantial piece of writing (eg a thesis chapter, a section of a chapter, or the written progress report) early on in your studies. This will provide you with a solid understanding of scholarly norms and citation requirements in your discipline early in your studies. Avoiding plagiarism is crucial for academic and professional success.

iThenticate is a text-matching tool that enables researchers and graduate researchers to compare their traditional research writing drafts with an extensive database of research literature. Using iThenticate throughout the writing process can help to identify and address potential instances of problematic matching text and weak writing practices. All Graduate Researchers will have iThenticate accounts created for them from the week beginning 4 February and will receive an activation email from noreply@ithenticate.com with login instructions.

Please note that iThenticate does not judge plagiarism. It only identifies areas of writing that match text from existing literature within its database. It is then your and/or your supervisor's responsibility to inspect the matched text and identify whether it has been correctly referenced, if there are issues for further discussion, or if they can be safely ignored as 'false positives'.

If you're having trouble, submit a request for assistance for assistance in ServiceNow via Student Services.


Communicating my research

Effective communication is essential to your studies and your career.

You will find workshops on the Graduate Research professional development and training portal.

Resources

  • University powerpoint and poster templates for your presentations and conferences
  • Speaking and Presenting: Resources for presenting your research, using PowerPoint to your advantage, presenting at conferences and helpful videos on presenting effectively
  • Research Impact Library Advisory Service (RILAS): Helps you to determine the impact of your publications and other research outputs for academic promotions and grant applications
  • Three Minute Thesis Competition (3MT): Research communication competition that requires you to deliver a compelling oration on your thesis topic and its significance in just three minutes or less.
  • Visualise your Thesis Competition: A dynamic and engaging audio-visual "elevator pitch" (e-Poster) to communicate your research to a broad non-specialist audience in 60 seconds.

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