WELLBEING (MINDFULNESS) IN RESEARCH AND ACADEMIC WRITING ONLINE WORKSHOPS
Scriptor Cube Ltd runs ONLINE & ON-CAMPUS workshops for Doctoral students and Academics. Scriptor Cube Ltd, is the first Higher Education company of its kind in the UK and Europe to combine wellbeing in Research and Academic Writing workshops to Doctoral students, Postgraduates and also wellbeing in Research and Academic Writing provision for Academic Research Staff.
Due to the Covid-19 crisis universities are transferring many On-Campus workshops to online learning. This has been a new venture for Scriptor Cube as all our courses have now been adapted for delivery using a number of different web-based learning platforms. This has been very successful and excellent feedback has been received from participants. Our ONLINE workshops are growing in popularity to such a degree that extra workshops are being booked by some universities and Doctoral Training Partnership groups to meet the demand.
As an independent academic I established my company in January 2018. The company’s mission was to provide innovative, bespoke, practical research & learning and creative skills courses for research students and staff. These courses were designed to enhance confidence in critical, interdisciplinary, creative thinking in research and academic writing skills. Wellbeing is embedded into the methodologies (of all courses) unlike many workshops where wellbeing is considered separately from course teaching.
Scriptor Cube workshops apply mindfulness techniques to the research process itself by providing bespoke strategies designed to break down everything into bite-sized manageable chunks.
Many students struggle with academic writing anxiety and have benefited from this strategy of applying mindfulness to the academic writing process. On average feedback from these workshops report a 25-30% in crease in confidence in academic writing. Our other workshops focus on building confidence in networking, entrepreneurship, interdisciplinary engagement and creative approaches to research in other areas of the research process. These strategies were developed from my experience as a Doctoral Student 12 years ago. It transformed my own understanding of thesis writing and the PhD research journey in general. These strategies have shown a significant positive impact on PhD students in the UK.
Scriptor Cube Ltd has currently engaged 24 Universities, 8 DTP Partnerships and 2 CDT groups. We have established regular engagements with Exeter Doctoral College, Cardiff Doctoral Academy, UCL Doctoral School, Greenwich University PGR Dept., UWTSD, Nine DTP, White Rose DTP, Lido DTP, GCRF Durham and University Alliance UK. All of Scriptor Cube’s activities can be followed on LinkedIn and Twitter.
In 2018 I published two articles contextualising the uniqueness of Scriptor Cube’s workshops in the HE Sector in University World News:https://www.universityworldnews.com/post.php?story=20180711113924221
More details about our workshops, feedback stats and testimonials are available from our website: www.scriptorcube.com.
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Dr Catriona Ryan SFHEA
Scriptor Cube Ltd.
8 Castle Square