The Writing Centre

The Writing Centre aims to support all undergraduate and taught Masters students in their development as independent, academic writers. The Centre offers students a neutral space where they can refine their academic skills and build their confidence through discussing their writing with an experienced PGWT Writing Tutor, or with a member of staff from the Learning Enhancement Team or CELT. The Centre is intended as an additional resource to complement the embedded skills teaching which is included in taught programmes across the University.

Students as active learners

The Writing Centre will not provide generic advice to individuals or ‘teach’ students about writing in the abstract. Students will be expected to come to drop-ins or appointments with their work in hand and with specific questions to ask. All students will be expected to contribute as much to their consultations, in terms of discussion and effort, as the writing tutor. This approach will be taken in order to allow the students to develop their style and gradually achieve their own excellence in writing.


The Centre will provide advice on effective written communication to students from all disciplines. However, the writing tutors will not be experts in every discipline or every topic area, therefore students who raise issues related to content will always be referred to their department. Writing Tutors will receive regular training, for which we would be grateful if academic colleagues could provide the Centre examples of students' writing for training purposes.


The Centre will work in conjunction and communication with other central support teams including the Academic Liaison Librarians, the Centre for English Language Teaching, the Researcher Development Team, Disability Services and the Maths Skills Centre. Students will be directed to other relevant services where necessary.


In cases where very specific problems have been identified with a student’s work, colleagues in departments will be able to refer students to the Writing Centre for an appointment with a member of the Learning Enhancement team.  Information regarding the issues to be addressed, the support already provided by the department and a specific contact for communication will be required to make such a referral.

Evaluation and reporting

The Centre will report to University Teaching Committee on a regular basis.  Evaluation of Writing Centre activities will include data on student numbers accessing the Centre (collated by year / department / frequency of visit), any common themes for support that have been identified and qualitative data concerning student, Writing Tutor, Learning Enhancement staff and department evaluations. 


The Writing Centre

Vanessa Bell
The Writing Centre Manager
LFA/102, Harry Fairhurst Building
01904 32 4935