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Rowena Murray graduated with MA (Hons) from Glasgow University and PhD (with Distinction) from Pennsylvania State University and is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. She is Professor of Education, Director of Research, in the School of Education at the University of the West of Scotland and Adjunct Professor at Swinburne University, Melbourne. Her teaching and research focus on academic writing, the subject of her journal articles and books, includingHow to Write a ThesisWriting for Academic Journals and The Handbook of Academic Writing(co-authored with Sarah Moore). Her research has been funded by Nuffield Foundation and British Academy.

External positions

Adjunct Professor, Swinburne University of Technology


Visiting Lecturer, Osaka University


Visiting Professor, Swinburne University of Technology


Visiting Researcher, University of South Africa


Reader in Residence, University of Limerick


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Research Output

Why do women attend writing retreats?

Murray, R. & Kempenaar, L., 12 Jan 2019, In : Gender and Education. 18 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
  • 1 Citation (Scopus)
    12 Downloads (Pure)

    Writing myself into an academic career

    Murray, R., 31 Dec 2019, The Positioning and Making of Female Professors: Pushing Career Advancement Open. Murray, R. & Mifsud, D. (eds.). Cham, Switzerland: Palgrave Macmillan, p. 89-111 23 p. (Palgrave Studies in Gender and Education).

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  • Writing retreats for Japanese second-language graduate students: beyond the language deficit model

    Murray, R. & Yamamoto, B. A., 19 Mar 2019, In : Journal of Academic Language and Learning. 13, 1, p. A1-A14 14 p., 1.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access
  • 40 Downloads (Pure)

    Widening access to writing support: beliefs about the writing process are key

    Kempenaar, L. & Murray, R., 26 Mar 2018, In : Journal of Further and Higher Education. p. 1-11

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access
  • 1 Citation (Scopus)
    141 Downloads (Pure)

    Analysis of writing programmes for academics: application of a transactional and systems analysis

    Kempenaar, L. & Murray, R., 22 May 2017, In : Studies in Higher Education. p. 1-14 14 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access
  • 5 Citations (Scopus)
    19 Downloads (Pure)