Writing Acknowledgements For Dissertation

My colleagues at the Old Building Trust and Old Building Foundation, who have supported me and had to put up with my stresses and moans for the past three years of study!

And my biggest thanks to my family for all the support you have shown me through this research, the culmination of three years of distance learning.

Writing your dissertation will utilise the skills you have developed throughout your course.

Many of these, such as Research, Critical Thinking and Referencing, have been covered elsewhere in the Successful Study Guide.

Without footnotes, more formal provision of a ‘personal conversation’ reference will do the same work.

Students may choose to namedrop in these internal thanks too: if a big name in the field gave feedback after a conference paper or in conversation, acknowledgements strengthen the student’s academic authority and insider status.

I like doing this, because it cheers me up to remember the kind, wise colleagues who have helped me along with my thinking.

But acknowledgements do matter because in amongst the celebration the right people need to be thanked in the right sort of way.

Close family members are often the people who gave the most (although some supervisors are likely to feel this is not true).

It is important that a student acknowledges the formal carefully, though: any person or institution that has contributed funding to the project, other researchers who have been involved in the research, institutions that have aided the research in some way.

I would particularly like to thank those conservation officers who agreed to be interviewed. My husband and children for their patience and encouragement.

Brenda P., my tutor, who guided me so positively and who always made me feel confident in my abilities after coming off the phone to her. I would like to thank the following people, without whom I would not have been able to complete this research, and without whom I would not have made it through my masters degree!

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