Claire Aitchison

RabbitsIn my work with doctoral students and early career researchers over the last two decades, I have witnessed how the writing lives of researchers have changed. Doctoral students across all disciplines are now more likely to want (and/or feel pressured) to publish, and they are more likely to need to show mastery of a greater range of research genres from complex ethics and grant applications, conference papers and publications, to new forms of the thesis.  As an academic literacies lecturer supporting researchers, I find this both exhilarating and challenging. These changes are driving new and exciting ways of working with writing in doctoral education. At the same time, however, change creates a greater need for people like us to connect, to share experiences and to learn from each other.  I’m really excited about the possibilities of this forum to facilitate the kinds of interactions that will invigorate and sustain our work with doctoral students.

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