Academic Skills Centre

Writing Centre responds to growing student demand

Thu Nov 26 08:00:00 GMT 2015

Writing Centre tutorial sessionThe start of this academic year has seen a rapidly growing demand for the services of the Writing Centre. 

The Writing Centre has only just completed its first year of operation and has already extended its opening hours and tutor availability.

It is supporting student and staff writing across all disciplines, and is now extending its reach to professional doctorate students, distance learners, placement students and overseas partner institutions.     

Located on the Parade in 3 West 2.1, the Writing Centre is open every day, offering 20 minute drop-in sessions for all students and staff and 50-minute one-to-one writing tutorials, bookable through an online system. The tutorial enables students to upload a piece of writing in advance in order to discuss this in detail during their session. 

The Writing Centre is also home to the Doctoral Writing Group, whose membership has trebled since its inception a year ago, with some 80 students attending fortnightly meetings or accessing material on the Wiki site. The group aims to provide sessions to motivate and energise doctoral writing and to provide students with the confidence to achieve efficient and effective progress. During group meetings, topics covered include:
Writing Centre session
•    Strategies to overcome barriers to writing: free/generative writing
•    Finding a voice: critical reading and writing
•    Developing a sense of audience: structure and presentation
•    Dealing with literature overload: reference management systems
•    Publication: strategies to build a publication profile and citations

Commenting on the work of the Writing Centre, Professor Peter Lambert, Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Learning & Teaching), said:

“The dedicated support that the Writing Centre offers to all of our students - undergraduate, graduate and doctoral – is fundamental to the learning and teaching provision of the University and sets us apart from our competitors.”

The Writing Centre also delivers workshops as part of both the SU Skills Training Programme and the Researcher Development Unit’s PGSkills Programme. Responding to high levels of demand for these workshops this Semester, a new initiative of ‘Write Bite’ catch-up workshops will be launched in Semester 2. ‘Write Bites’ will run every two weeks on a Wednesday, from 1.15 pm to 2.05 pm, in the Writing Centre. These will offer additional opportunities and refresher sessions for all students. 

Further information: Jackie Dannatt, Writing Centre Leader