• Date: Friday 3 October 2014, 9am-5pm
  • Venue: The University of Sydney (further details available upon registration)

REGISTRATION: please email to register.

Writing is a central concern for higher degree research (HDR) student progression and completion rates. The building of HDR student writing capacity encompasses multiple, divergent and interconnecting responsibilities and models. This symposium focuses on two primary touch points for developing student writing:

  1. The student supervisor relationship, and;
  2. Institutionally endorsed spaces from which programmatic and/or centrally delivered writing ‘support’ may be provided by faculty academics, academic developers, and academic language and learning educators.

The symposium, supported by the Association for Academic Language and Learning, will showcase diverse practices from a range of universities for developing HDR student writing. It will provide opportunities for supervisors, deans and directors of graduate research, academic developers and academic language and learning educators to discuss what works – and what might work better in the contexts of their institutions.

Keynote Speakers


Bill Green

Bill Green is Emeritus Professor of Education at Charles Sturt University in NSW, Australia. His research interests curriculum inquiry, literacy studies and professional education, as well as a longtime focus on doctoral research education. He has a wide range of publications in areas including higher degree research pedagogy and supervision. His most recent publication is the co-edited volume Body/Practice: The Body in Professional Practice, Learning and Education (Springer, in press/2015).


Inger Mewburn

Inger Mewburn is the director of research training at the ANU where she is responsible for co-ordinating, communicating and measuring all the centrally run research training activities and doing research on student experience. She runs workshops for research students and is the founder and managing editor of The Thesis Whisperer blog.

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