Writing group for Postgraduate & Early Career Researchers in the North East

The Qualitative Health Research Writing Group Network (QHRWGN) was set up in summer 2014 in response to an overwhelming number of Postgraduate Researchers and Early Career Researchers who expressed an interest in joining a writing group to help improve their abilities.

It covers the North East of England and all those doing research around qualitative health are welcome to be involved. The aim of the writing groups is to provide a safe space for PGR and ECR to share their issues, experience and advice in all aspects of academic writing with their peers. The groups cover a range of topics and interests, are organised to suit the needs of the members and are located across the region, from Newcastle to Middlesbrough.

 Currently there are five writing groups, please see the details of each and upcoming dates below:

  • Writing Group – Realist Approach & Framework Analysis, Leader Sarah Smith: Friday 13th March, 11:00am-12:00pm, Cafe Aroma, Durham University, Queens Campus, Stockton-on-Tees, TS17 6BH.
  • Writing Group – Social Context of Health and Illness, Leaders Christina Dobson and Steph Mulrine: Wednesday 18th March, 10:30am-12pm, Cafe Maison, Norton High Street, Stockton-on-Tees, TS20 1AA.
  • Writing Group – Mixed Methods, Leader Steph Scott: Wednesday 8th April, 3:00-4:00pm, Venue to be confirmed, Newcastle University.
  • Writing Group – Health Behaviours and Interventions, Leader Kat Jackson: Wednesday 29th April, 10:00am-11:30am, Caffé Nero by Haymarket, 4-5 Saint Mary’s Place, Newcastle NE1 7AA.
  • Writing Group - Crisis in Representation, Leader Leigh Rooney: Date and venue of next meet to be confirmed.

If however you feel that you have an interest that is not catered for then please get in touch (details below) and the group can help you set up your own. It is a straightforward process and you will be supported in doing so.

The wider network seeks to bring together these smaller groups at an event at least once a year where feedback from the groups will help to shape the themes covered and invite well-regarded experts to deliver sessions important to the network members. These events will also give members of the network the opportunity to challenge themselves and present their work in a supportive and encouraging environment. Details of these events will be disseminated soon.

How you can get involved

You can receive updates and sign up to a group by sending an email to QHRWGN@gmail.com.  More information and articles on writing for academia can be found on the networks blog: http://qhrwgn.wordpress.com. If you are active on Twitter then use the hashtag #QHRWG to connect with others and share your experience of writing.

Contact Stephanie Mulrine, Teesside University, email: s.mulrine@tees.ac.uk or Christina Dobson, Durham University, email: c.m.dobson@durham.ac.uk

Last modified: Tue, 31 Jul 2018 09:13:18 BST