How to write a lay summary
About this module
Journal articles are written with researchers in mind, so the content isn’t always easy to follow for people outside academia…or even that field of study! That is where lay summaries, or lay abstracts as they are sometimes called, play a helpful role. They also have another advantage; a lay summary can be a great tool to help you promote your work.
In this interactive module, we look at what a lay summary is and why you, the author, are best placed to explain your novel results. We also offer writing tips covering everything from the ideal structure and length for your lay summary, through to the language you should use. And, we explore what you can do with your finished document, not only to help increase the visibility of your work, but to secure further funding.
You’ll come away with the skills you need to create a compelling lay summary and an understanding of how it can help you grow your network and career.