Writing Quality References
- University of Durham
- Yorkshire and North East
- Date first submitted:
- 28 Oct 2008
- Date last modified:
- 19 Dec 2008
- Academic practice
- Career development
- Postgraduate researchers
- Research staff
Rationale, aims and outcomes
What is the rationale for doing this?
How does it fit with institutional strategy?
What are the main features of the provision?
What are the aims and expected outcomes?
Researchers are often asked to write references and are not sure how to do justice to them. Also researchers would like to know what a good reference should look like so they can ask their own referees to write one for them that is strong.
Is helping to develop skills as an academic and supervisor
Will be running early 2009 for the first time
By the end of this session researchers will:- Have a clearer view of the purpose of written references Know what content and style is expected Know what excites / disappoints employers Be aware of any legal issues
Are there any pre-requisites for engagement, e.g. levels of skill, years of experience, essential pre-activities?
How many participate in each 'activity'?
Evaluation: benefits, challenges and next steps
How do you monitor effectiveness?
Who do you seek feedback from?
Do you have benchmarks?
Benefits - undergraduate and postgraduate students of durham should receive a better quality of reference from their supervisor.