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Research Summer School

Technical Writing: Publishing your Research


This Summer School aims to welcome students from different parts of the world, especially from our partner institutions, to give them an experience of UK/Scottish education and life. It will also be an opportunity to see Scotland.

Dates, duration and costs:

2 weeks Summer School: 29th July – 9th August 2019 - £1,800

2 weeks Summer School plus 1 week of English Language: 22nd  July – 9th August 2019 - £2,500  

2 weeks Summer School plus 1 week article/grant application writing and review: 29th July – 16th August 2019 - £2,600

Summer School with English, article/grant application writing and review: 22nd July – 16th August 2019 - £3,200

There is a 5% early bird discount for bookings made before 31st May 2019.

  • Duration: 2 weeks - 4 weeks
  • Campus: Paisley
  • Suitable for: This course has been specifically designed for postgraduate students (Masters degrees and PhD students), researchers and academics who wish or need to publish their research in international conferences and journals.
  • Credit bearing: No
  • Cost: £1800 - £3200
  • Visas: If you are from outside the European Economic Area (EEA) and Switzerland, you can apply for a short-term study visa. Make sure you check the immigration requirements before applying (visit for more details). You will receive a confirmation of booking and you should carry this confirmation with you when travelling to the UK. You can apply for a visa up to three months before your date of travel to the UK. UK visa processing time varies by country, so check the processing time for your country and city from where you will submit your visa application.  You will need to attach an offer letter to your visa application. The offer letter is a ‘Booking Complete’ email, which is sent to you once you have booked and made full payment for the Summer School. The University will issue an official letter, only if requested or where required.

Course Overview

The effective communication of technical and scientific research is vital both to the research community and to forging a career in science and technology.   When done well this ensures you get credit for your research and others learn from your work, build on it and help improve the world we live in.

This course will provide a step-by-step guide through the process of writing research publications and will help participants identify the most publishable elements of their research and get them published in the appropriate international journals.

Technical writing and publishing a paper can be challenging and this course will help you to write technical and scientific journal papers and get them published. It is suitable for those who are making a start at writing for publication and also those who have submitted articles in the past but would like to improve their skills and improve the impact of their publications.  Participants can opt to extend the course with an additional week to include workshops on paper article or grant writing and peer review.

Experienced staff from the School of Computing, Engineering and Physical Sciences will be responsible for the management of the programme. However, it will pull together expertise from all subject areas within the University to ensure that delegates will have some discipline specific questions answered.

Week 1

Sunday 28th July

  • Arrival

Monday 29th July

  • Welcome, induction to UWS, campus tour - Morning 
  • English for Technical Writing (1) - Afternoon

Tuesday 30th July

  • Identifying what to publish and the most appropriate publication for your research - Morning
  • Identifying what to publish and the most appropriate publication for your research - Afternoon

Wednesday 31st July

  • How to present your data (1) - Morning
  • Excursion - Afternoon

Thursday 1st August

  • How to write for reviewers and end users - Morning
  • English for Technical Writing (2) - Afternoon

Friday 2nd August

  • How to write your research article - a section by section guide (1) - Morning
  • External visit/private study and Social Event - Afternoon

Saturday 3rd August

  • Free Day

Sunday 4th August

  • Organised Trip


Week 2

Monday 5th August

  • Day trip visit to Edinburgh

Tuesday 6th August

  • How to write your research article - a section by section guide (2) - Morning
  • Private study - Afternoon

Wednesday 7th August

  • Selecting reviewers and submitting your article for publication - Morning
  • Excursion - Afternoon

Thursday 8th August

  • Responding to feedback from reviewers - Morning
  • Improving the impact of your publication - Afternoon

Friday 9th August

  • Summary of course, reflection & feedback - Morning
  • Individual Delegates plan - Afternoon

Saturday 10th August

  • Departure


Optional week: English Language (22nd – 26th July 2019)

The English Language programme will cover general and technical English Language including:

  • Grammar
  • Writing skills
  • English language and context
  • Presentation styles
  • Introduction to technical writing

Optional week: Article/grant application writing and review (12th – 16th August 2019)

This week is particularly important for delegates who are already doing research and have research results or papers to publish. Delegates will focus on their own individual work and staff will provide guidance and feedback. The aim is that at the end of this week, the delegates should have well developed articles for possible submissions, provided the underpinning research and results are sufficiently strong.

Delegates who do not have advanced or sufficient research results can also participate and work on review articles in their research areas. Others may wish to focus on writing applications for grants.


As well as providing the knowledge of how to write research papers, the course will address important issues such as:

  • How to identify an appropriate publication
  • What to include in a typical article
  • How to respond to feedback from reviewers
  • How best to present your data and draw inferences
  • Referencing and paraphrasing

how to Apply

To secure your place or receive additional information, please contact Lorraine Smith (

Last updated: 07/02/2019