School Of Graduate Studies Organizes 3-Day Thesis Writing Workshop For PhD Year IV and MPhil Year II Students

Prof. Kwaku Tano-Debrah

The School of Graduate Studies has organised a 3-day Thesis Writing Workshop for PhD Year IV and MPhil Year II students. The Workshop, which was held from Wednesday, 27th February, to Friday, 1st March, 2019 at the Bank of Ghana Auditorium/Department of Economics, attracted the participation of 248 students.

In his introductory remarks, the Dean of the School of Graduate Studies, Prof. Kwaku Tano–Debrah, informed participants that the workshop forms part of the School’s efforts to build graduate students’ capacity to improve the quality and relevance of their research work. He stated that the workshop will enhance graduate students’ knowledge and skills in thesis writing, help to pass their thesis work, write publishable papers and prevent referrals and re-admission of students.

Participants were taken through various aspects of thesis writing during the plenary sessions of the workshop. These included UG’s Thesis Format; Style and Language of Thesis Writing; Ethics in Research-Research integrity and Plagiarism; Thesis Substance; and Data Analysis: Theoretical Considerations.

The second part of the workshop was dedicated to sessions on Qualitative and Quantitative Data Analysis, Interpretation of Results and practical sessions with the Nvivo and Stata statistical softwares.

Partcipants in a breakaway session

The highly interactive workshop ended with a session on a general discussion of all the topics treated, and an evaluation of the workshop. Moderating the session, Prof. Tano-Debrah, addressed pertinent student concerns and encouraged participants to never hesitate to communicate their challenges to the School, while assuring them that his doors are always open to them.

Mrs. Patience Otchere Asante, a participant and PhD student from ISSER, expressed immense gratitude to the School of Graduate Studies for organising the programme. She particularly extended her appreciation to all the resource persons whose wealth of knowledge on thesis writing the participants had been privileged enough to benefit from.

Crosssection of Participants seated at the workshop

Resource persons with valuable experience in research, who were drawn from the Sciences and Humanities, included Prof. S. Agyei-Mensah, Prof. R. Darko-Osei, Prof. G.S.K. Adika, Prof. Audrey Gadzekpo, and Ms. Helena Baidoo. Others were Prof. S.K. Saalia, Prof. Kwodwo Ofori; Prof. Philip Adongo; Dr P. Tabong; Prof. Lydia Aziato; Dr. Duah Dwommor; Dr. E.N.N Nortey; Dr. F. Mettle; Dr. S. Afranie and Dr. J.M.K Aheto.

Prof. S. Agyei-Mensah, Provost - College of Humanities