The vision for the Postgraduate School Write Space, is that it effectively and innovatively facilitates the development of academic writing skills and related research, policies and practices. The Write Space values the most effective and fit-for-purpose approaches to facilitating the postgraduate students’ academic writing development, keeping in mind that most postgraduate students are non-traditional students. The identified needs of the UFS postgraduates, as well as relevant global research findings, influence the strategies and decisions in support of a proactive approach. Less than 25% of our postgraduate students are English first language users and that influences their academic communication. In addition to this challenge, the UFS recently implemented its revised language policy, which means that English will be the only medium of instruction. Apart from the language challenges, postgraduate students often lack sufficiently developed reasoning and writing skills. To address these challenges, the Write Space engages in continuous research and policy development, facilitates contact developmental opportunities (including on- and off-campus workshops), and initiates electronic developmental opportunities (including an online chat forum, online resources and video tutoring) to contribute to the well-being and goal attainment of the postgraduate community. Taking into consideration the extent of our supervisory challenges (which is an international phenomenon), the Write Space facilitates a variety of developmental opportunities for all stakeholders in the supervisory process.

See below a document with the research proposal flow chart with accompaning links.

Resource Document-Write Space

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