Academic writing is one of the most important skills to master at university. Good academic writing refines and focuses the writer's ideas through research and interrogation, then clearly states and properly supports those ideas with effective argumentation and adequate evidence. Achieving a clear, well-argued text requires the development of numerous sub-skills. Have a look at the factsheets in the "related resources" box on this page.
One-to-one writing support
The Writing Support service is for all students and researchers and can help you with
Different assignment types and genres (reflective writing, dissertations, etc.)
45 minute appointments are available to support you with your academic writing. Support tutorials are delivered using Microsoft Teams or you can reply to the email to request a face-to-face appointment. To check availability and book, please select Schedule Appointment below.
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Introduction to academic writing (PDF): Get started with the 6Cs of good academic writing.
Writing process (PDF): Refine your writing process.
Writing layers (PDF): Use a layered approach when editing your writing.
Writing critically (PDF): Become a master of analysis.
Academic Phrasebank by University of Manchester.
English for Uni by The University of Adelaide.
Writing Handouts by Queen's University.
Writing Handouts by University of North Carolina.
General Writing Resources by Purdue University Online Writing Lab.
Log in to Skills for Study and download the following titles:
Academic Keywords in Titles
Academic Writing FAQs
Personalise Your Learning
Planning and Structuring FAQs
Reading Effectively FAQs
Selecting Your Reading
Working Backwards from Deadlines
The Assignment Planner is a step-by-step guide to help you manage the stages of your research, planning, drafting, and editing. You can save your work and return to the planner at any time.
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