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UCL Academic Writing Support Network
About the Network:
The aim of the UCL Academic Writing Support Network is to gather together all those at UCL involved with, or interested in, helping to develop students' academic writing. Our hope is that this network will provide an opportunity for UCL staff to share their work and contribute to a wider discussion about student writing.
Resources on the Teaching & Learning Portal
This space on the Teaching and Learning Portal provides a list of resources to assist staff and students in locating writing support and activities. There is also an electronic reading list that will include published academic articles exploring academic writing in more depth.
All these features will be revised and built up over time, so visit the page regularly to stay updated. Please contact us (email@example.com) to add a resource that you have found invaluable or to share case studies of initiatives that help students develop their writing.
- Abbie Willett, School Support Officer in CALT, reports on an event designed to draw together the various people at UCL who are interested in developing students’ writing.
- The Graduate School runs a vast range of courses and workshops to help research students improve their writing and communication skills. On their website, search under section D2 of the Researcher Development Framework
- Royal Literary Fund Fellows offer guidance for all UCL students
- UCLU runs a Writing and Language Support (WALS) service for international students who want help with their written English
- UCLU Writers’ Society
- SELCS Writing Lab: a student writing support centre available to students in the School of European Languages, Culture and Society (SELCS), the Centre for Multidisciplinary and Intercultural Inquiry (CMII) and affiliate students in the faculties of Arts & Humanities and Social & Historical Sciences. The webpages include a helpful collection of resources for all staff and students
- UCL’s Centre for Languages and International Education offers a range of courses to help students improve their reading and writing. Please note that students will be charged for some of these courses
- The BioNews writing scheme teaches science students how to write news stories, giving them research skills as well as an appreciation of the contrasting values of and pressures faced by journalists and scientists
- Coming soon: write up of the event on Writing in the First Year
- Conquering Writing Anxiety by Nate Kreuter: this article, from Inside Higher Ed, looks at writer anxiety from both a student and academic perspective. One useful strategy is that can really help students is pursuading them to write regularly.
- Developing an Argument - Thinking Writing, Queen Mary: The Thinking Writing Project at Queen Mary offers practical advice for teachers to incorporate writing support into their courses.
- Harvard Guide to Using Sources: this guide will help students understand the process of using referencing more holistically.
- The Writing Development Centre at Newcastle University has developed some clear resources to help students write academically.
- Monash University's resource on writing offers advice that is tailored to the conventions of the different disciplines.
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