Academic Writing Now: Policy, Pedagogy and Practice

19 – 21 June 2017

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We welcome you to the 9th biennial conference of the European Association for the Teaching of Academic Writing (EATAW), hosted by the Centre for the Development of Academic Skills (CeDAS) at Royal Holloway, University of London in the United Kingdom.

The conference theme, Academic Writing Now: Policy, Pedagogy and Practice, aims to take stock of the shifting realities of higher education today – from the challenges and opportunities emerging from internationalisation and diversification to the increasingly ‘marketised’ reality of the global academy, and the resulting focus on ‘student experience’.

Practitioners of academic writing, we would argue, are in a unique position of being able to observe the effects – across disciplines – of the many changes affecting the sector. From this standpoint, the conference aims to provoke debate about what teachers of academic writing can offer the global academy in terms of imaginative, creative and principled responses to the increasingly international, diverse and marketised reality of higher education.

The conference theme aims to provide the opportunity to discuss and consider different responses to the changing higher education sector. In particular:

  • recent responses to a change or trend in higher education (e.g. internationalisation, diversification or marketisation).
  • the impact of current academic writing policy, pedagogy or practice on the wider academy.
  • imaginative, creative and principled responses to current challenges or opportunities.

‘Academic writing is – if one thinks about it (…) – the meta-discipline’.

Prof Dr Wolfgang Drechsler (2015 EATAW conference)