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Universities: Course examples

Scriptoria teaches a large number of courses at academic institutions each year, covering issues such as journal article writing, funding proposal writing, and thesis writing. Below are just a few examples of the many courses we’ve taught for different universities over the years.

University of Birmingham (2010–present)

Scriptoria’s Training team regularly gives training courses at the University of Birmingham for departments such as the Medical School and the School of Physics and Astronomy, as well as for the university-wide programme for employees’ professional development.

Courses are provided for both academic staff and doctoral students, and range from proposal writing courses to workshops to teach attendees how to write successful journal articles.

“The training was excellent – I know that we all gained a lot, and I certainly did.”

Area: All academic areas
Topics covered:

Journal articles
Funding proposals
Thesis writing
Scientific presentations
Data presentation
Writing for non-specialists


King’s College London: Florence Nightingale School of Nursing and Midwifery (2011–present)

Scriptoria’s Training team has run regular writing courses for this prestigious University on writing journal articles and funding proposals.

Two additional courses, each for 8 to 10 professors and senior staff, focused on producing first-class impact case studies for the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF). Content focused not only on how best to write the REF impact case studies, but on tools and techniques for identifying impact and pathways to impact. Several of the tools we taught are now regularly used by the department as part of its REF process.

“Excellent – we are really beginning to see results now.”

Area: Nursing
Topics covered:

Journal articles
Funding proposals
REF impact case studies

University of Surrey (2015)

On the recommendation of a professor whom we had taught at another university, the School of Health Sciences at the University of Surrey brought Scriptoria in to address the writing needs of their research and teaching staff. The university commissioned three courses for 2015, aimed at learners with a spread of research and writing experience.

The courses include proposal writing and journal article writing – covering both quantitative and qualitative research. These heavily tailored courses received excellent feedback from participants.

“An excellent course delivered by knowledgeable and engaging presenters who are clearly experts in their field – I have learnt a huge amount in the two short days and will approach writing completely differently from now on.”


Area: Health sciences
Topics covered:

Journal articles
Funding proposals


University of Portsmouth (2015)

In 2015, Scriptoria gave its first course commissioned by the University of Portsmouth. Our expert writing trainers delivered a one-day scientific writing course to research staff working in a range of scientific fields.

The course focused on helping the scientists write to the standard of high-impact journals such as Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences and the British Dental Journal.

“Fantastic course! Thorough, clear and concise information. Has made me think about my style of writing, in particular, how I can improve my prospective publications.”

Area: STEM
Topics covered:

Journal articles

University of Exeter (2013)

In June 2013, the University of Exeter called in Scriptoria’s Training team to teach a scientific journal article writing course to a group of post-doctoral researchers from their science, technology and mathematics (STEM) departments.

The aim of the course was to boost the quality of the participants’ writing so that they could publish in more prestigious scientific journals. Feedback was excellent as usual – many participants even said that the course could not have been improved!

“Perfectly pitched.”

Area: STEM
Topics covered:

Journal articles

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University of Liverpool (2012)

Scriptoria’s Training team was called in to the University of Liverpool in 2012 to teach two courses on writing successful funding proposals. One course was for researchers working in the biological sciences, the other was for physical scientists.

“Well presented by very knowledgeable people. Clear, concise and informative.”

Area: Sciences
Topics covered:

Funding proposals