Royal Literary Fund Fellows

The School hosts a Royal Literary Fund Fellow, to assist our research and masters students to adjust to the demands of academic writing of various kinds. The Royal Literary Fund Fellowships offer students at UK institutions of higher education the opportunity to access writing advice from professional, published writers who offer confidential, one-to-one tutorials during which students can discuss any aspect of their academic writing. Typical problems discussed in tutorials include the following: struggling to start writing after a long period of research – being overwhelmed by one’s materials; difficulties with editing down an overlong piece of work; difficulties structuring an argument; not knowing how to write an effective introduction or conclusion; difficulties with ‘flow’ – getting from one paragraph to another; planning and organisation – leaving things too late, uncertainty about how to plan a piece of written work, not leaving enough time for drafting; questions of grammar and punctuation – apostrophes, semicolons and commas; questions of style – overuse of academic jargon, overcomplicated sentence structure, lack of clarity.

The range of questions which can be discussed is as broad as students want it to be: the RLF Fellow is there specifically to respond to students’ needs and there is no restriction on the kind of work that may be brought to a tutorial: it might be a thesis or a dissertation, or it might be a funding application, a letter or a presentation. What RLF Fellows do not do is proofread or correct students’ work, and they have no expertise in dealing with dyslexia or EFL.

For 21/22 the School has two fellows - Simon Booker and Martyn Crucefix.  They will be taking sessions online and on site on Tuesdays and Wednesdays and when on site are based in Senate House room 203 during term-time.  Students are welcome to book hourly tutorials or consultations with them from 10am – 5pm on those days, using an online sign-up schedule. If you have any questions please contact them at:

simon.booker@rlfeducation.org.uk and martyn.crucefix@rlfeducation.org.uk

Please note that the RLF Fellow is only able to support locally-based students, and those studying by distance learning should contact the Doctoral Centre who will arrange alternative provision.

Additional online resources offered by the RLF include the following:

Essay-writing guide

Overview of dissertation writing