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Trevor Day
Trevor Day

Internal News - 10 October 2007

Fellow to help students and staff write

Trevor Day has been appointed as the University’s Royal Literary Fund Fellow and will be available on Mondays and Tuesdays from 15 October to offer writing coaching to science or engineering & design students and staff. He is seconded to the Learning & Teaching Enhancement Office.

Trevor is pleased to coach students in planning, drafting and composing written assignments of all kinds, including reports, scientific papers and dissertations. The coaching takes place in 50-minute sessions, which are booked in advance.

Each session aims to raise students’ confidence, while improving their skills in writing with force, clarity and precision. The coaching complements, but does not replace, existing University services that help students with specific learning difficulties or language needs, such as those provided by the English Language Centre.

Trevor is also available to offer advice and support to members of staff. He is employed by the Royal Literary Fund for two days a week and is not a member of University staff, so all coaching and advice is impartial and confidential.

As a non-fiction writer with more than 40 books and many articles to his credit, he writes widely across the life sciences and earth sciences, including natural history and environmental science. Trevor’s recent adult works include the revised edition of Oceans (Facts On File, 2007) and Whale Watcher (Natural History Museum, 2006). Trevor has also penned articles for many newspapers and magazines, including The Guardian, Telegraph, Economist and Geographical.

Among his many books for children are: Journey to the centre of the atom (Kingfisher), which was shortlisted for the Rhone-Poulenc (now Aventis) junior science prize in 1997, and Youch, it bites! (Templar) listed for the English 4-11 Picture Books Award in 2000. Trevor is currently working on four science books for young people for A & C Black, the publisher of The writers’ and artists’ yearbook.

Originally a marine biologist with the United Nations Development Programme, Trevor’s subsequent career has included being a science teacher, an educational consultant and a university tutor. He has also given courses in the Lifelong Learning and generic skills programmes, and is currently completing a part-time PhD in the Department of Education.

Speaking about his new role, Trevor said: “I am delighted to bring my background in writing to focus in helping students plan and craft their writing more effectively. I am also keen to work with members of staff so that my contribution really does enhance the learning experience of students.”

Trevor looks forward to science and engineering staff directing students his way. He is based in Eastwood 20/21 Room 2.2 and can be contacted at or by phone on ext. 4562.

To book a Monday or Tuesday session, see the web page in the related links section.