How to write an Engineering paper - face to face (Faculty of Engineering)
Duration 1.5 days
Team Researcher Academy

This face to face course is run by the Researcher Academy as part of the Engineering Faculty Training Programme

The Researcher Academy courses are very popular and the majority are run in both semesters to give you the opportunity to attend at a time of the year that suits you. 

Target audience: Postgraduate students in engineering


The course is designed to raise your awareness and understanding of the process of getting your work published in journals, so that you are better prepared to meet the expectations of editors and reviewers. The course covers the full cycle of paper writing from conception to submission, the review process and dissemination routes.

Aims: The aim of this course is to provide practical guidance on how to write a successful engineering paper


By the end of this course you will be able to:

  • Understand the function of the layout of technical papers and what content is expected
  • Appreciate the ways people find and read papers
  • Understand and apply the process of planning, drafting and revising a technical paper
  • Recognise ethical and professional issues
  • Understand the review process
  • Identify the expectations of journal editors
  • Be familiar with potential routes of dissemination

Process: The course runs over two half-day sessions and will include learning exercises, group discussions and case studies.

Please note, attendances for courses will be recorded. There are no training points associated with courses run by the Researcher Academy.

Course Accessibility

The following table shows a summary of what is needed to participate in the course. 

If you feel you will experience any difficulties participating, please let us know via the ‘special requirements’ tab, providing as much information as possible. The special requirements tab can be completed when you book your place. Alternatively, you can contact us directly at

Access seminar room on campus
Take part in group activities/ discussions
Watch and listen to the course tutor(s) and/ or other attendees
Follow presentation slides during the course
Attend the course at a specific date and time


Booking Guidelines

Latecomer policy
Researchers should plan to arrive prior to the advertised course start time. Except for exceptional reasons, there will be no admittance to a Researcher Academy or Faculty Training Programme (FTP) course 15 minutes after the advertised course start time.

Importance of booking commitment
 When booking on to a Researcher Academy short course you are entering into a commitment to attend. If you find that you are no longer available to attend you MUST cancel your place (on the system if more than three days before the course) or if at short notice by emailing This will ensure that your place can be offered to another researcher on the waiting list. Failure to cancel a place results in other researchers missing out on places through the waiting list process.

It is unacceptable for researchers to just not attend when booked onto a course. The Researcher Academy maintains records of those who repeatedly do not attend courses they have booked. This may affect future eligibility to book onto further Researcher Academy courses and will affect considerations for Researcher Academy funded opportunities.



There are no specific pre-requisites to this course, however it is helpful to bring a laptop or pad to the session to facilitate the exercises that are set. This is not essential though, pen and paper is sufficient.

Between the first and second sessions, you will be required to obtain and critique a paper in your field and will need to send a .pdf copy of that paper to the course presenter in advance of the second session.

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