Within the framework of the joint project with the Czech University of Natural Sciences in Prague and a consortium of 4 Ukrainian universities "INCREASING THE POTENTIAL OF GRADUATE STUDENTS FOR QUALITY RESEARCH IN UKRAINE", Sumy State University invites you to take part in an intensive course on academic writing in English for free, held from 22.08 to 30.09 online on the Canvas platform.

The course is specifically designed for postgraduate students, novice researchers or scientists who wish to improve their ability to present the results of their research in English at a highly professional level and is aimed at strengthening the capacity and collaboration of young teachers, researchers and postgraduate students.

The purpose of the course is to form a system of knowledge about strategies and tactics of academic writing and technologies for organizing the processes of creation, analysis and editing of the main components of an academic article in English (Abstract, Introduction, Methods, Results and Discussion).

The course will be held from August 22 to September 30, 2022, on the Canvas platform in asynchronous mode, but in compliance with modular deadlines. Participants must be prepared to regularly complete tasks on the platform created from the authentic academic texts and videos, conduct discussions on the platform, review the work of their peers, and complete creative tasks.

The Czech side will issue an appropriate certificate after successfully completing the course. As a result of completing the course tasks, you will receive high-quality theses that you can submit for publication in the collection of the final project conference in Prague.

The best learner from each partner HEI will be granted a trip to Prague for the Summer School on Research Grants and a study tour in October 2022.

Who can apply?

Candidates have:

  • Be a teacher or graduate student of Sumy State University;
  • Have advanced reading and writing skills in English (B2);
  • Have regular and reliable access to high-speed Internet;
  • Be prepared to spend 6 to 7 hours per week online during the 5-week course;
  • Have a strong determination to improve academic research skills;
  • Be ready to participate in online discussions actively and complete all tasks on time.

By the end of the course, the participants will be able to:

  • Immerse themself in the academic atmosphere;
  • Develop reflection skills;
  • Write a high-quality abstract for presentation at the conferences;
  • Know and write the components of an academic article in line with the requirements of modern English-language indexed journals;
  • Receive a grant for participation in a summer school and study visit to Prague in October 2022.


To register for the course, it is necessary to fill out an online application by August 19, 2022, at the following link: https://forms.gle/emEFnVkWXbxTqVQL7

Iryna Liashenko, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Associate Professor of the Department of Foreign Languages at Sumy State University.

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Within August-December 2022, the Czech University of Natural Sciences in Prague (Czech Republic) and Sumy State University will jointly implement the development project "INCREASING THE POTENTIAL OF GRADUATE STUDENTS FOR QUALITY RESEARCH IN UKRAINE," financed by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic. The project has been launched in a consortium with other 4 Ukrainian universities: Dnipro State Agrarian and Economic University, Sumy National Agrarian University, Polish National University, and Chernihiv Polytechnic National University. The head of the project from the Czech side is Adam Cashner, Ph.D., Faculty of Engineering. The project coordinator from the Ukrainian side for Sumy State University is a Ph.D. in Economics, Associate Professor Oksana Zamora, Department of International Economic Relations of the BiEM National Institute of Economics.

The second course on the development of academic writing in English which was developed and taught by Associate Professor of Foreign Languages SSU Iryna Liashenko and delivered within the joint Ukrainian and Czech project "AgriSciences Platform for Scientific Enhancement of HEIs in Ukraine" has ended.
More than 60 applications applied tfor the course this year from more than 20 universities in Ukraine, but after the selection procedure, half a hundred participants from the consortium's partner universities were invited: Sumy State University, Sumy National Agrarian University, Bila Tserkva National Agrarian University, Kharkiv Biotechnology University and Dnipro State Agrarian and Economic University.
In the course developed on the Canvas platform, the participants learned how to build a research article according to the IMRAD structure, studied key elements of each component of a study, mastered the skills of academic writing and listening through integrated written and listening assignments, polished comprehension of academic texts, practiced multilingual and peer review skills. The outcome of working with the course is to write your own academic article in English according to the requirements of indexed international publishers. The course requires systematic work, but is awarding with the result: now the participants feel more confident in writing and reviewing academic research.
All participants received certificates from the Czech partner-organizer.
For the second year in a row, Iryna Liashenko has been collaborating in this project, helping scientists develop academic writing skills.

Making an Impact 2022 is the University of Liverpool is annual programme of development opportunities for academic and research-related individuals at all career levels. 12 sessions, taking place between 9th May and 10th June 2022 were open to external attendees from the research community. Tetiana Plokhuta attended the following:


Keynote: Knowledge exchange - a funders perspective

Presenter: Alice Frost

Alice Frost is the Director of Knowledge Exchange Policy at Research England. She is responsible for knowledge exchange policy and funding at RE, and a lead expert at UKRI on commercialization.

From Liverpool to Impact: A Career in Circular Economy

Presenter: Dr Mervyn Jones, Sustainable Global Resources Ltd

Mervyn has worked in sustainability on strategy development, implementation and consultation for more than 20 years, advising on construction, procurement, recycling, and even the Olympic Games! 

The Researcher Development Framework (RDF) attributes developed during these sessions are relevant to the following sub-domains:

Domain A: Knowledge and Intellectual Abilities

A1: Knowledge base
A2: Cognitive Abilities   
A3: Creativity    

Domain B: Personal Effectiveness

B1: Personal Qualities
B2: Self-Management
B3: Professional and Career Development

Domain C: Research Governance and Organisation        

C1: Professional Conduct
C2: Research Management        
C3: Finance, Funding and Resources       

Domain D: Engagement, Influence and Impact

D1: Working with Others            
D2: Communication and Dissemination
D3: Engagement and Impact

 Digital Inclusivity: Has COVID-19 changed the landscape of digital inclusion?

Presenter: Prof. Simeon Yates – UoL Simeon is Professor of Digital Culture and Associate Pro-Vice-Chancellor Research Environment and Postgraduate Research. He has undertaken research on the social, political and cultural impacts of digital media since 1990. Since 2004 he has mainly focused on projects that address issues of digital inclusion and exclusion.

Hawai'i TESOL and TESOL-Ukraine have had an official TESOL partnership for a number of years. In September 2019, the Hawai'i TESOL Newsletter The Word started a TESOL Ukraine Profile column. The purpose of this column is two-fold:  to help Hawai'i TESOL members meet more of their Ukrainian colleagues and to get to know more about the area where Ukrainian teachers of English work and live. Past issues of the newsletter can be found on the Hawai'i TESOL website. The May 2022 issue of “The Word” had another purpose – to make readers more aware of the effects of the war on the personal and professional life of EFL teachers in Ukraine.


The TESOL Ukraine board suggested Lyudmyla Hnapovska, Associate Professor of Foreign Languages Department, as a candidate for the TESOL Ukraine member profile in the May 2022 issue of The Word.

You can find the ‘Spotlight on Ukraine’ section with the Profile full version here (see p.p. 18-27).

Even in times of war, anxiety and uncertainty, teachers of Foreign Languages Department keep developing professionally. The joint project “Sharing Contexts Across Cultures” initiated by the professional association of English teachers TESOL-Italy to support the Ukrainian TESOL members is in full swing now. The 6th event in a series of online webinars, where both communities exchange their best EFL teaching/learning practices, was held on May 19, 2022. The webinar leader was Lyudmyla Hnapovska, Associate Professor of Foreign Languages Department, who shared insights from foreign languages teaching, learning and assessment at Sumy State University. Her presentation “TESOL in a Ukrainian Setting: QUO VADIS (A Case of Sumy State University)” arouse genuine interest with around 70 webinar participants who got a clear picture of the methodology and practices advocated in the educational setting of Sumy State University.

Sincere thanks to our Italian colleagues for their support!   



“They shall not grow old, as we that are left grow old:

Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning
We will remember them.”

– For the Fallen, a poem by Robert Laurence Binyon (1869-1943)

TESOL-Ukraine and its sister affiliate Hawaii TESOL keep collaborating in solidarity with Ukraine. A team of Ukrainian teachers of English representing four universities (Sumy State University; National Academy of National Guard of Ukraine, Kharkiv; Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv and Dnipro University of Technology) were invited as plenary keynote speakers at the NAFSA spring conference “Educate, Advocate and Innovate with Peace and Aloha” held online on April 30 (April 29 local Hawaii time). Ukrainian teachers shared their insights from Teaching Practices at Times of War and Uncertainty in Ukraine, which was the issue of their team presentation. Their message appealed strongly to the hearts and minds of 89 Conference participants. Lyudmyla Hnapovska, Associate Professor of Foreign Languages Department of SSU, contributed with her talk on “The Grammar of War”.     

Link to the video

The fruitful collaboration between TESOL-Ukraine and its sister affiliate Hawaii TESOL has gained new senses in the times of war. Members of Hawaii TESOL came up with the initiative to provide a series of free webinars to the Ukrainian TESOL community in April-May 2022 to support Ukrainian teachers during this time when professional development activities are limited. The webinars also aimed to connect more members in both affiliates. Lyudmyla Hnapovska, Associate Professor of Foreign Languages Department, was one of those who shared professional insights during these webinars.  

Link to the recording of the first webinar

Dear colleagues, students, friends of Sumy State University!
Easter reminds us that hope must never be lost, for as dark as the road may seem,
there always lies light at the end of it. Easter gives hope for tomorrow,
as after the winter comes spring.
Our hearts can be filled with gladness As hearts rejoice and sing.

May all your prayers be fulfilled. May you have a pleasant Easter!


Dear colleagues, students, friends of Sumy State University!

I would like to inform you that from the 1st of April, the university will resume the educational process in the format of remote studying after the vacation of necessity.

Realizing the complexities of wartime, the university is working to create the most favorable educational environment that takes into account the needs and capabilities of all participants of the educational process. Currently, the order has been prepared on the peculiarities of the organization of training, the schedules of the educational process and the format of internships, final activities, etc. have been approved.


Sumy State University also continues active working in other major areas of its activities: accreditation processes are underway, including the international accreditation of the educational program "Medicine", scientific and grant project activities and active cooperation with foreign partners are going on, the resumption of training on the basis of sports buildings of SumDU is being planned.

I would like to express my gratitude to the entire staff of the university being very steady-going and ready to work for the benefit of Sumy State University, the city, and the country.

Holding on the success of Sumy State University is the contribution of each of us to approaching victory!

SumDU is Ukraine!

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