Comprehensive Researcher Writing, Communications and Management Training

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Our researcher training course is a one-stop shop for the critical skills needed to thrive in academia and beyond

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Scriptoria's four-day course in Writing, Communications and Management is aimed at early-career researchers who are looking to build their capacity across a broad range of skills. This comprehensive course combines all the elements of our most popular one-day courses to cover the following topics:

1. Effective scientific writing for journal articles - We cover how to plan, develop and write high-quality manuscripts for publication, using real-life examples. We focus on the writing skills that you need to succeed as a researcher: writing concisely, writing precisely, improving style, and finding the right tone for your audience. We also teach the formal writing cycle (the process by which professional writers tackle a writing project), including how to edit and proofread your own work.

2. Successful grant proposal writing - Using our experience serving on review panels, we take participants through the process by which funders evaluate proposals and we review examples of real proposals in an interactive session. We teach participants how to write clear, persuasive fellowship and grant proposals for relevant funding agencies for the participants' subject areas. We also teach participants tools for developing proposals, assessing risk, and gathering evidence.

3. Research advocacy and communications for non-specialists - We help participants develop and deliver effective messages to target stakeholders who want to understand research impact from a lay perspective, such as policymakers, the media and press, the general public and other stakeholders. We show participants how to identify and segment their audiences and discuss how to tailor their messages appropriately. We teach the essentials for writing content for press releases, social media, newsletters, and opinion pieces, in addition to guidance on design, photos and graphics.

4. Managing projects and the project cycle - Using our experience serving as consultants and programme managers on large research programmes, we guide participants through the theory with many real-life examples and exercises to develop practical skills. We begin by discussing the preparations for work plans, resources, and staff that need to be made during the inception (planning) phase. Next, we discuss the implementation phase and teach critical management skills for people and resources. Finally, we discuss project monitoring and evaluation as well as project closure, with a focus on knowledge/data management and legacy. We also give participants key insight into writing Terms of Reference and other tools for project implementation.

Scriptoria courses are highly interactive and engaging, combining exercises and discussion with presentations. All participants receive a comprehensive set of course notes to take home.

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A venue in Central London will be announced a minimum of two weeks prior to the course start. Lunch and refreshments (tea, coffee, biscuits) are included in the course price.

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Established in 2001, Scriptoria specialises in sustainable development and science communications, and has been training top researchers across scientific disciplines for nearly 20 years. Our Training team offers tailored communications training – from writing journal articles to developing grant proposals, managing projects and communicating impact to non-specialists.

Scriptoria's trainers are experienced communications professionals and writers with scientific PhDs. Our team regularly delivers writing and communciations support to university and industry clients and our trainers have their own research experience winning grants, publishing journal articles, and disseminating results to lay audiences. The trainers for this course are international experts in research impact that regularly consult on projects through the Gates Foundation and the UK Department of International Development.

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