About Us

Dr Daniel Soule

Grammatology is a company specialising in academic and research writing training in universities and other research institutions. Focusing on postgraduates and research staff, Grammatology provides training on writing complex research documents such as research articles, theses and dissertations. This also includes writing research for popular audiences through traditional and digital media.

Training covers all aspects of writing from the minutia of grammar and punctuation to the complexities of document composition, effectively planning and managing evolving writing projects, and developing professional approaches to drafting and editing.

Grammatology’s emphasis is on process in research writing. Research can be a long and changing process. Knowing what to do and when, and having strategies for managing difficult tasks (such as writing up large data sets or reviewing the background literature) can be extremely useful. Understanding how to use the structures of academic texts and how to start, finish and edit a piece can all be used to improve your ability to write up research clearly and efficiently.

Started by Dr Daniel Soule (PhD), Grammatology grew out of Daniel’s own experiences of studying for a PhD at the University of Glasgow:

“I became interested in the process of research writing while doing my own PhD. No one taught us how to write research and there seemed to be a lot to say about research writing: How writing fed into research, how to go about the act of writing and mitigate the mistakes, the procrastination and the wrong turns. I think my background in English and Linguistics helped me look at the problem a bit differently and by the end of my PhD I had started to run workshops for fellow PhD students at the University of Glasgow. That’s what led to my first academic post; rather than my research into political discourse”.

Since then, word of mouth has been the main way the business has grown. Former students or research training staff have recommended the training to other universities.

Disciplinary Writing:

All workshops can be delivered either for a mix of academic disciplines or with a disciplinary focus. Daniel has a lot of experience working with researchers across all disciplines, including STEM subjects, Arts and Humanities and the Social Sciences.

Bespoke Design & Consultancy:

Grammatology offers a bespoke course design service, tailoring training to your specific organisational needs and objectives. Costs are competitive but vary depending on the nature of the project required. Daniel also has experience of curriculum and training review, consulting and developing training provision in a number of higher education organisations.

Clients

Current and past clients include Queen’s University Belfast, University of Edinburgh, University of Glasgow, Dublin City University, University of Stirling, Edinburgh Napier University, the University of the Highlands and Islands, University of Ulster, Bergen University, and ResClim (Norway’s national graduate school for climate science).

Daniel’s Research and Writing Background:

Daniel has a PhD from the University of Glasgow. His thesis was a linguistic study of political campaigning in Scotland. He has also worked as a Publication Coordinator for an allied health research consortium in the West of Scotland, from 2007-2008, and then as a Lecturer in Academic Writing, in the Graduate School at Glasgow Caledonian University, from 2008-2012. Daniel researches on the language of national identity. His most recent co-authored monograph is ‘Political Discourse and National Identity in Scotland’ with Dr Murray Leith, published by Edinburgh University Press.

Dan now lives in Northern Ireland focuses on creative writing. Currently, he has thirteen short stories published and a selection of non-fiction essays, reviews and poetry. He writes speculative as well as literary fiction, both of which he thinks are tautologies, on account of the word ‘fiction’. It’s all literary and speculative but people do love labels. Dan’s work can be found in magazines such as Number Eleven, the Incubator, Devolution Z, Phantaxis, Shoreline of Infinity, Storgy, the Dime Show Review and others.

Why Grammatology?

It’s a bad academic joke. Dan didn’t enjoy reading Derrida in graduate school, but did quite like Ignace Gelb, from whom Derrida appropriated the work ‘Grammatology’. Both meant it as the specific study of ‘writing’ as a thing and an act, distinct from an abstract notion of language. For Dan, the idea brings together writing as process and writing as product. Also, the name indicates what the business does.

Trainer profile:

I’m a trainer on Vitae’s database of trainers and developers, and a you can also see more of my education and training background on LinkedIn, and follow me on Twitter @Grammatologer.