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Joint Faculty Graduate Open Day

Affiliate writing support now available

9 September 2013

SELCS Writing Labs

From October 2013, affiliate students in Art & Humanities (AH), Social & Historical Sciences (SHS) and the UCL School of Slavonic & East European Studies (SSEES) will be able to join the undergraduate and taught graduate students of SELCS and CMII in utilising the free Writing Lab facilities. This service provides individual writing support as well as group workshops, covering a variety of useful topics including planning an essay, making an argument, referencing and plagiarism.

What is the SELCS Writing Lab?

The SELCS Writing Lab was developed in 2011 by María del Pilar Blanco to address common issues experienced by students. In an initiative funded by a Vice-Provost’s Teaching Innovations Grant, the Lab offered one-to-one tutorials, staffed by a dedicated team of PGTAs, where undergraduate students in SELCS could either book or just walk in to discuss any issues around their academic writing in a supportive, non-judgemental environment.

How It Works

Resources are offered in two formats, both staffed by the same team of tutors:

  • Two-hour group workshops for 12-15 students which focus on 10 distinct topics, as outlined on the SELCS Writing Lab Workshop page (these run prior to Reading Week in Terms 1 and 2)
  • 30-minute individual one-to-one tutorial sessions (which run in the second half of Terms 1 and 2, Monday to Friday). The office is located in room 334, Third Floor, Foster Court)

How to Use the Service

Tutors are happy to discuss initial brainstorming, planning, constructing an argument, writing styles, referencing, feedback and anything else connected to academic writing, whether for a first university essay or with an experienced writer who would like a second opinion.

Tutors will not comment on the content of an essay or act as proofreaders.

It is also important to point out that the Lab focuses on English academic writing, but does not support writing in other languages, or provide language acquisition tuition.

How to Book & Further Details

  • Both group workshops and 30-minute tutorial sessions can be booked through the SELCS Writing Lab Moodle
  • Walk-in hours (no booking required) run every day that the Lab is open (12pm-1pm and 5pm-6pm)
  • Further details are available on the SELCS Writing Lab website
  • For more information contact Geraldine Brodie (Writing Lab Supervisor) at g.brodie@ucl.ac.uk.