Writing and Language Skills Centre

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What do we do?

The Writing and Language Skills Centre offers a range of in-person and online help and support to improve your academic writing and develop your academic and language skills to a high standard.

We can help you:

  • transition to university study
  • develop key academic skills
  • improve your academic writing
  • develop critical thinking and analysis skills
  • build confidence in speaking
  • improve your English language

What do students say about us?

One-to-one writing support

Receive personalised advice and guidance on your written work. Available for on-campus and distance students.

Academic skills lectures

Learn about UK Higher Education and how to be an effective student in this series of interactive lectures.

Credit-bearing modules

Enhance your speaking and writing or develop your transcultural communication skills as part of your degree.

Skills development workshops

Develop the key academic, writing and speaking skills you need to study at your best in these interactive workshops.

Small group sessions

Develop a specific aspect of your academic or language skills with up to five other students.


Train with us to become an English language teacher and earn a professionally-recognised qualification.

Online resources

Need help now? Can't get to campus? These online academic skills and English language resources could help.

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For questions or information, get in touch at writing-language-skills@york.ac.uk 

Find us in room LFA/102, on the first floor of the Harry Fairhurst Building.

Want a map? See page 11 of the Library floorplan.