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SERI – Demystifying the RF1 and RF1 Writing Workshop

14 November 2023 @ 13:00 - 16:00

Application for Approval of Research Programme (R1) is one of your first milestones in your doctoral journey. It is a formal assessment point which is designed to provide you with feedback on:

  • the viability of the research
  • the content, clarity and feasibility of the proposed work plan
  • governance of the proposed research, confirm the full supervisory team and check that your training needs are being adequately considered


During the first hour of this workshop, we will provide an overview of the RF1 process, the main sections of the RF1 form and the assessment process and responding to rapporteurs comments.

From 2pm-4pm, we will focus on doctoral writing to prepare you to write the RF1. We will provide an introduction to doctoral writing and introduce some rhetorical strategies that will enable you to argue convincingly for your project.

Please download a copy of the RF1 from the Research Degrees Blackboard site and bring this with you to the session or bring the draft of the RF1 you have been working on.

SERI students only – book here

RDF sub-domain(s):  A1 – Knowledge Base; B1 – Personal Qualities; B2 – Self Management; C1 – Professional Conduct; C2 – Research Management




SERI (Social & Economic Research Institute)