*UPDATED* – A draft programme overview is now available here: EATAW 2017 schedule – Draft 2017-05-22-2


Monday 19th June

Time Event
8.30 – 17.00 Registration
9.00 – 9.30 Session 1 – Welcome
9.30 – 10.30 Session 2 – Opening Plenary by Professor Rowena Murray
10.30 – 11.00 Coffee
11.00 – 11.30 Session 3 – Parallel sessions
11.40 – 12.10 Session 4 – Parallel sessions
12.20 – 12.50 Session 5 – Parallel sessions
12.50 – 14.00 Lunch
14.00 – 14.30 Session 6 – Parallel sessions
14.40 – 15.10 Session 7 – Parallel sessions
15.20 – 15.50 Session 8 – Parallel sessions
15.50 – 16.20 Coffee
16.20 – 16.50 Session 9 – Parallel sessions
17.00 – 17.30 Session 10 – Parallel sessions
18.00 – 19.30 Session 11 – Lightning talks

Tuesday 20th June

Time Event
8.30 – 17.00 Registration
9.00 – 10.00 Session 12 – Plenary by Professor Ronald Barnett
10.00 – 10.30 Coffee
10.30 – 11.00 Session 13 – Parallel sessions
11.10 – 11.40 Session 14 – Parallel sessions
11.50 – 12.20 Session 15 – Parallel sessions
12.20 – 13.20 Lunch
13.20 – 13:30 Session 16 – Poster presentations
13.50 – 14.20 Session 17 – Parallel sessions
14.30 – 15.00 Session 18 – Parallel sessions
15:00 – 15.30 Coffee
15:30 – 16.30 Session 19 – Plenary session Q&A/discussion panel
16:30 – 17.30 Session 20 – EATAW meeting & election

Wednesday 21st June

Time Event
8.30 – 13.20 Registration
9.00 – 10.00 Session 21 – Plenary by Dr Katrin Girgensohn
10.00 – 10.30 Coffee
10.30 – 11.00 Session 22 – Parallel sessions
11.10 – 11.40 Session 23 – Parallel sessions
11.50 – 12.20 Session 24 – Parallel sessions
12.20 – 13.20 Lunch
13.20 – 13.50 Session 25 – Parallel sessions
14.00 – 14.30  Session 26 – Parallel sessions
14.40 – 15.10 Session 27 – Parallel sessions
15.20 – 16.00 Closing reflections & emerging themes
16.00 – 16.30 Coffee to take away


Social programme

Monday 19th June: Big night in - BBQ & Garden Party

The conference garden party and BBQ will be held in the South Quad of Founder’s Building. You will be able to relax in the stunning surroundings of Royal Holloway’s Victorian Grade 1* listed main building and soak up the atmosphere on a (hopefully) warm summer’s night. There will be plenty of opportunities to meet and mingle with other delegates, including through:

  • Gentle lawn games, both traditional and modern
  • A chance to view Royal Holloway’s Picture Gallery
  • A tour of the beautiful gilded Chapel
  • Talks on the history of Royal Holloway

Entertainment will be provided by Royal Holloway and local musicians.

The nearby Crosslands Bar will be open during the garden party, and on subsequent nights, for delegates to relax and socialise.

This event is an optional extra which can be booked in advance of the conference for an additional £27 per person.

Tuesday 20th June: Big night out - Local area, Richmond or Central London

The big night out offers an opportunity to venture into the local area or further afield to Richmond upon Thames or Central London. There will be meeting points on campus to enable groups of delegates wishing to visit the same location to travel together. Information about transport, restaurants and sights will be provided to help you make your own way to and from your destination and allow you to enjoy the evening at your own pace.

This event will be self-funded on the day. Return off-peak train tickets cost around £9 to Richmond and around £14 to London Waterloo. Meals typically cost £15-25. If you prefer to eat on campus, you can pre-order a meal on the conference registration site.

The university is situated in the small town of Egham and is within walking distance of a limited number of restaurants and pubs in both Egham and Englefield Green.

If you prefer to pre-order a meal at the campus restaurant, you may still wish to join other delegates later in the evening at one of the local pubs, or perhaps even try a pub crawl.

This picturesque town on the river Thames has beautiful views overlooking the river and an abundance of restaurants and bars to choose from. The journey into Richmond from the university campus consists of a 15-minute walk to Egham train station and a 20-minute train journey to Richmond. Most restaurants and the beautiful river views can be reached within about a 10-minute walk from Richmond station.

Please be aware that the last train back to Egham usually leaves at around 23:30.

  • Central London

London Waterloo station is a 40-minute train journey from Egham station. Once at Waterloo it is a short, 5-minute walk to the London Eye and the South Bank from where you can see Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament. There are various restaurants and pubs nearby.

Please be aware that the last train back to Egham usually leaves at around 23:30.

Wednesday 21st June: Post-conference walk to Windsor Great Park

If you don’t need to rush off, join us for a walk to Virginia Water and the Totem Pole in Windsor Great Park. The entrance to this Royal Park is just a 15-minute walk from Royal Holloway’s campus.

Further details

Conference themes

The EATAW 2017 conference aims to articulate a response to the shifting realities of the higher education at the levels of policy, pedagogy and practice.


Policy – whether governmental, institutional or departmental – has the potential to impact the teaching of academic writing profoundly, raising questions such as:

  • Where does writing development sit in universities?
  • How do departments effectively equip teachers with different academic backgrounds to teach writing?
  • At what stage should academic writing be taught?


Academic writing draws from a wide range of pedagogical traditions, including educational research, Writing in the Disciplines, Writing across the Curriculum, composition and rhetoric, genre, and academic literacies. The conference aims to reflect on how these traditions are responding to the changing landscapes in higher education.

  • Which pedagogic approaches are being used in different teaching contexts?
  • How do we measure ‘good’ writing in different contexts?
  • Is there a place for both generic and discipline-specific writing development?


A changing academic context has practical impacts on both staff and students provoking questions about how we academic writing teachers should respond to these impacts.

  • Is student writing changing?
  • When are digital technologies both used and avoided by students and teachers of academic writing?
  • What physical and mental space do students need for effective academic writing?

Please note that the deadline for submission of proposals has now passed. All proposals are double-blind reviewed by the Conference Proposal Review Committee (members of the EATAW Board and the EATAW 2017 Organising Committee). If you have any queries regarding proposals, please email

Session formats

Poster presentations

Visual presentation of a specific topic, small-scale project, or of research work still in progress.

Posters will be on display for all delegates to read and should, therefore, be understandable without an explanation from the author. Poster authors should be available to answer questions and explain details relating to their poster content during an allocated poster session (provisionally scheduled for Tuesday 20th June).

Poster format: page size up to DIN A0, 841mmx1189mm (horizontal). Poster stands will be provided in the room of presentation. Presenters may also wish to provide handouts.


90-minute sessions, typically with 3-4 presentations totalling a maximum of 60 minutes followed by an open discussion of at least 30 minutes moderated by a chairperson. A symposium should have a coherent theme, but should address a topic from different angles, for example:

  • Comparison of approaches in different academic settings
  • Different aspects of a shared interest or group research project, which would benefit from discussion by a wider audience
  • Related research projects which take different approaches

Where possible, a group proposing a symposium should identify a chairperson/discussant.

Lightning talks

Talks which must strictly not exceed 5 minutes. These are intended to be informal, engaging and highly visual talks that may focus on practical suggestions or specific areas of interest. We strongly recommend the use of an ignite talk format, i.e. 20 slides that auto-advance every 15 seconds. Lightning talks will be held in the evening and in an informal setting close to a bar so that delegates can enjoy a drink while being entertained by the talks.

Click here to see some useful examples of lightning talks or here for some helpful advice 

If want to prepare a lightning talk this guidance and this website are also useful.

Proposals should be submitted in English. The proposal for a contribution delivered in a language other than English should be submitted both in English and the language of delivery.

Please note: EATAW 2017 sessions will be chaired by either a member of the EATAW Board, the EATAW 2017 Organising Committee or a regular delegate. To chair a session as a delegate, please contact, indicating your topic of interest.


Following the conference, a special issue of the Journal of Academic Writing (JoAW) will be devoted to the publication of selected papers delivered at EATAW 2017. Published by the European Association for the Teaching of Academic Writing (EATAW), the Journal of Academic Writing is relevant to teachers, scholars, and programme managers across disciplines and across the world who are interested in conducting, debating and learning from research into best practices in the teaching of writing.

It is anticipated that the special issue publishing proceedings from EATAW 2017 will be available in the second half of 2018 and further guidance will be provided after the conference.

Please note that all manuscripts are subject to JoAW’s double-blind peer reviewing process and any papers included in the special issue will be full journal articles that conform to JoAW’s requirements in terms of length and the need for a well-developed argument.

Selected Papers from the 8th EATAW conference held in Tallinn, Estonia, in June 2015 can be found in Vol 6, No 1 (2016).