Thinking Writing

Dr Lee Jones, School of Politics and International Relations

"The TW team have been a tremendous source of support and ideas as I redesigned a first-year undergraduate course which tries to help students learn the analytical and writing skills they need to flourish here. They provided advice and feedback on the curriculum as I was preparing it over summer, and provided ongoing input by designing seminar tasks, observing lectures and seminars, holding a focus group with students, and sending me relevant pedagogical literature. They are an extraordinarily resourceful, helpful and pleasant group of people to work with. I would encourage all colleagues in any discipline to make use of their expertise."

Thinking Writing is a subset of Learning Development that is focussed largely on collaborative working with academic colleagues to enhance the ways in which thinking and writing are developed in the disciplines at Queen Mary

Thinking Writing can help with 

  • designing modules and assessments

  • developing tasks and materials 

  • teaching 

  • practical advice on helping students with writing

  • evaluating the above - what works, what doesn't, how do students react?

Developing educational practice takes time and Thinking Writing tries to facilitate the process in a number of ways - through conversation, linking with relevant research, providing sample resources, bringing in an outside expert. Sometimes we’ll observe teaching, talk to students, look through their work, provide you with feedback and suggestions. Other times we’ll develop some co-teaching or just be around to support you in trying something new. We’ll also look out for opportunities for you to talk to others about what you’re doing, informally within the College or in some wider forum.

Learning Development has a separate Thinking Writing website which introduces some of the ideas it works with and gives examples of how these ideas are developed in practice. (Website opens in a new page). 

Thinking Writing is also well-known across Queen Mary for its programme of Writing and Reading Retreats for doctoral students and staff.