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Extended Project Qualification: A Skills & Insight University Workshop – Developing Critical Analysis With Dr Rebecca Westrup From University of East Anglia

January 28 @ 10:10 - 10:55



In this session, Dr Rebecca Westrup from the University of East Anglia will lead a skills workshop for students who are writing a 5000 word research project for their EPQ.

The session will help students to critique and improve their academic writing with a live, collaborative exercise to further develop a draft. It will help students to:

  • Understand critical analysis;
  • Develop critical analysis in their writing.

Lecturer Profile (Please Click): Dr Rebecca Westrup


Our events are designed so that a group of students can take part from a classroom or students and teachers can take part as individuals, either from school or from home. This means that sessions will continue irrespective of possible school closures.

As a live, participative event, this session will not be recorded but slides and other resources will be shared after the event, where available.


Suitable for: Year 12 & 13 students (and equivalent) carrying out, or planning to carry out, an EPQ.

Preparation/Pre-Reading: Reflecting on your EPQ journey so far – Please see this message from Rebecca:

I’m looking forward to working with you as you continue your EPQ journey on 28th January. In preparation for the session please spend 10 minutes (or longer if you wish to) reflecting on the progress you have made with your project so far. Some questions you may wish to guide your reflections are:

    • What stage are you working on at the moment? E.g. Planning and developing a rationale, undertaking primary and/ or secondary research, writing your research questions, analysing data, writing your findings and discussion, evaluating your project?
    • What skills have you learnt about and can demonstrate through the planning, designing and evaluation of your project? (If you’re at the beginning of your project, reviewing literature and planning your research questions, what skills do you envisage you’ll be able to demonstrate?)

Do you have any questions? If you have any questions related to the theme of the session and your project, please share them by submitting them HERE.


Preparation/Pre-Reading: Students may wish to consider questions they have about academic writing and, more specifically, the challenges they are facing relating to the EPQ.

The IT Setup: The event will be run on Bluejeans and participants will be able to join using laptops, tablets, and mobile devices. If you are joining as a school group, we recommend connecting with one device and projecting on to a whiteboard. You will be able to interact with the university via a microphone and/or typed comments and questions. Full details will be sent to those who have registered (see below) prior to the event.

Booking a Place: This is free for schools and colleges. If you would like to take part in this event, please register your interest using the link to the registration form below:



January 28
10:10 - 10:55
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