Building disciplinary writing communities through student-led co-curricular activities

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We're delighted to welcome Cathy Malone, Educational Developer at Sheffield Hallam University to the University of Bath. Cathy will lead our next Talk Teaching Lunchtime Hub on Wednesday 21st November: "Student Writing Circles: using collaborative techniques to develop academic writing skills". She will be joined by Tamara Reid, Student Engagement Ambassador for Inclusivity in the CLT. The session, which starts at 1.15 pm, and will be delivered in two parts, explores the concept of writing circles for students.

In the first part of the session, Cathy will provide an overview of building disciplinary writing communities in a social science department at Sheffield Hallam University. Work there has focused on supporting academic literacy development close to source, within the discipline. They have been particularly interested in engaging (and re-engaging) students from a widening participation background (e.g. BME/first generation) in practices that have impact and build agency. Cathy will share initial results from their pilot activities and outline steps they are taking to embed and integrate these activities within the curriculum. Sample materials will be provided and challenges of demonstrating impact will be discussed.

Participants in the workshop will also get a chance to experience a writing circle session for themselves, followed by a discussion as to the challenges of engaging students in peer review activities and how to manage these productively.

Students and staff are invited to take part in what promises to be a fascinating exploration of how we can build disciplinary writing communities through student-led co-curriculuar activities.

Places are available to book here, together with information about any materials you'll need to bring along.

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