Creativity in Research and Academic Writing Day

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Creativity in research and academic writing day

Dr Adair Richards

Dr Adair Richards is a trainer, consultant, broadcaster and academic who specialises in providing high quality training to PGR students and early career researchers.

This day long training workshop consists of 2 sessions - in the morning "Creativity in Research" and in the afternoon "Academic Writing". You may attend a single session but please email Simone Apel to let her know which session, morning or afternoon, you will be attending.

Morning session: Creativity in research

This engaging and experiential course is aimed at helping you learn academically-verified creativity strategies. It will be of use to anybody who wants to improve their ability to think creatively, see problems from different angles, or use their intuition more effectively. It will introduce a variety of quick and also more structured creativity frameworks that can be applied in many aspects of the postgraduate research process.

By the end of the morning you will

- understand common blockages to creativity

- learn a variety of techniques to promote creativity in research

- learn how to see problems from different angles

- learn how to adapt these skills to your particular research problem.

Afternoon session: Academic writing

This interactive course is aimed at improving your academic writing no matter if you have just started your postgraduate studies or whether you are knee-deep in thesis writing. It will cover subjects such as the writing process, critical analysis, paragraph construction, using academic sources, avoiding plagiarism and overcoming writer's block. Previous attendees of this course have reported that it significantly aided their academic writing. By the end of the afternoon you will

- understand the writing process

- improve your ability to critically analyse

- know how to construct an academic paragraph

- learn how to use sources effectively and avoid plagiarism

- learn techniques to overcome writers block

This workshop is open to any student currently registered on a research degree programme at the University of Northampton. Further information is available from Simone Apel (; 01604 893418).