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Verity’s research is concerned with the contextual factors that shape writing experiences, and has written and researched about the nature of student writing in consumer-led higher education contexts, the writing experiences of women scholars, and the nature of writing during the global pandemic. The rich tapestry gained from understanding the ways we come to writing enables Verity to be able to appreciate, theoretically and practically, how writing partnerships are forged and developed – in a variety of ways and circumstances. As well as drawing from research, Verity gleans insight from the teaching and supporting of PGRs, PGTs and academic colleagues in the areas of writing academically and writing for publication. Verity is the lead of the special interest group 'Developing Writers' at Nottingham Trent University.

Recent outputs

Aiken, V. (2022) Academic Writing Month and the Problem of Time. Blogpost for the Nottingham Institute of Education blog. [online] 1st December 2022 Available at:

Aiken, V. (2022). Corriente, cwtch and cultural histories: can translanguaging break down the academic language barrier? [Online]. The Sociological Review.

Aiken, V. (2021) Academic literacies and the tilts within: the push and pull of student writing. Teaching in Higher Education, DOI: 10.1080/13562517.2021.1952565.

Aiken, V. (2021) What can we learn from our student writers? Blog post for Teaching in Higher Education blog. [online] Available at:

Recent Conference Papers:

Aiken, V. (2022) ‘Developing an ethos of slow, caring scholarship for women writers beyond the pandemic’ Paper presentation at The British Educational Studies Association annual conference, Manchester 23rd June 2022.

Aiken, V. (2021) Exploring the factors of time and space for undergraduate students studying and writing in covid times. Paper presentation [online] Available at: BESA, online conference, 24th June 2021

Aiken, V. (2019) ‘Student writing and compliance in a consumer-based HE system’ Paper presentation at Social Research into Higher Education Annual Conference, Newport, Wales.

Aiken, V. (2019) ‘Humour, quirky knowledge, accessibility and advocacy: uncovering possibilities and opportunities for agency in undergraduate student writing’ Paper presentation at the European Association for the Teaching of Academic Writing, Chalmers University of Technology, Gothenborg, Sweden

Aiken, V. (2019) ‘‘On your marks. Get set. Write!’: introducing undergraduate students to writing retreat pedagogies’ Paper presentation at TILT Festival of learning, Nottingham Trent University
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