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ONLINE: Writing a Thesis: What to do, and how to do it?


About this workshop

This online workshop is open to all students planning to embark on post graduate research.  The session aims to unravel the aim, audience, and purpose of a thesis dissertation.  It includes specific information on expectations, style, structure, and approaches required.  The workshop also addresses strategies for planning and preparing ideas to move from the research proposal stage into written research dissertation.


What previous attendees have said about this workshop:

  • "The workshop was very informative, wish I could attend more of these."
  • "This was a great presentation that I learned a lot from and it will help in writing my proposal."
  • "Mainly, I appreciated the various methods of breaking down sections of research (introduction, aims, literature review, argument) into easily manageable step-by-step pathways."


About the presenter

Dr. Hayley Hayes-Roberts,Writing Consultant, UCT Writing Centre, CHED

Hayley Hayes-Roberts is a UCT Postdoctoral Fellow, Design Historian, NIHSS peer mentor and a senior writing centre consultant. Hayley completed her PhD in Design History which focused on Frameworks of Representation at the District Six Museum in Cape Town, and as part of her postdoctoral fellowship has presented and published papers in research fields which include: Museum and Heritage studies and Southern African Design Histories, and has facilitated numerous academic research and writing workshops.


What level of study is the workshop aimed at?

Postgraduate Diploma








Postdoctoral Fellow


Junior Research Fellow



Which faculty/faculties is the workshop aimed at?



Commerce (including GSB)








Health Sciences





While the workshop is aimed at certain levels of study and faculties, anyone is welcome to join, as long as any stipulated requirements are met, such as participation and/or preparation.



Preparation for the workshop

Ideas, fields of interest, and questions for clarities and direction if already registered or wishing to embark on post graduate honours, masters or PhD. 

Level of participation at the workshop

A few individual online activities, as well as big group discussions, and a Q and A session.

MS Teams

  • It is recommended that you install the MS Teams software onto the device that you will be using to join the workshop, so that you have full functionality of the software features.
  • If you require any technical assistance with this task or require guidance in using the software, please contact the ICTS helpdesk at icts-helpdesk@uct.ac.za or on +27 21 650 4500.
  • When registering for this workshop, you will be prompted to input your UCT credentials, including UCT e-mail address, for security reasons.  A confirmation e-mail will then be sent to the UCT e-mail address with which you registered and will contain the MS Teams link to join the workshop on the day.
  • To join the online workshop on the day, log into MS Teams via the profile linked to the e-mail address with which you registered and not a personal or company profile, to avoid access issues.


Thursday, June 6, 2024
2:00pm - 4:00pm
Dr. Hayley Hayes-Roberts,Writing Consultant, UCT Writing Centre, CHED
OPGS workshops

Registration is required. There are 53 seats available.

Event Organizer

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Amanda Bessick



Room 2.04  Level 2 Otto Beit Building

University Avenue, Upper Campus

University of Cape Town

Rondebosch 7700


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