Advice on academic writing, common principles, information about where to get more support and help, and information about referencing and plagiarism.
- What is ‘academic writing’? This resources helps to decode what is 'academic writing' means for your work.
- The Writing Lab: supporting academic writing at UCL
- Organise and structure your writing: tips from the IoE
UCL Academic Communication Centre
The UCL Academic Communication centre provides the support in the following areas for research students through the doctoral school:
- Pronunciation and Public Speaking.
- Preparing for your viva.
- Online resources.
- Writing retreats.
English language support
- The UCL center for language and international education (CLIE) offers some resources which could be particularly useful for international students to improve their English language skills.
- Survey of English Usage: the Survey of English Usage features a series of mobile apps, available for iOS and Android, including academic writing, spelling and punctuation, and grammar.
- UCL Students Union language and writing support programme is specifically aimed to support international students at UCL.
UCL Library services
UCL library services offer some very useful courses and resources for research students. Postgraduate students often need to search for literature relevant to their work and write research papers for publication in journals as well as conferences. The offered resources can greatly help with these tasks. The available resources may be classified into below categories:
- Library skills essentials
- Information search skills
- Information evaluation skills
- Referencing and managing information
- Communicating and sharing information
- Training and support
Academic Integrity and Plagiarism
Academic Integrity means being honest in your academic work, and making sure that you formally recognise and reference the existing knowledge and ideas on which your work is based. If you do not acknowledge the work or ideas of others, you could be penalised for Academic Misconduct.
- Student webpage summarising academic integrity at UCL: https://www.ucl.ac.uk/students/exams-and-assessments/academic-integrity
- UCL Plagiarism Guidelines: https://www.ucl.ac.uk/ioe-writing-centre/reference-effectively-avoid-plagiarism/plagiarism-guidelines
Dissertation writing support
Each PGT programme will have its own handbook which details requirements of the dissertations; length, how to prepare, writing process. Make sure you follow the guidance provided by your department and in discussion with your supervisor.
- Library Guides: Support for dissertations and research projects
- 7 hacks for writing your dissertation
- Accessing existing UCL research theses at the library
- Be prepared to write your disseration: resources and support available in helping you succeed in your dissertation
This self-paced Moodle course is a resource to help you develop the skills associated with researching and writing an extended piece of work.
If you are writing or preparing to write a project or dissertation, this course may help you develop the skills that you need to research and write an extended piece of work. The modules are stand alone so you can study them in any order and when you need them. Each module is followed by a self-assessment quiz.