The School’s Doctoral Centre provides a range of training opportunities to help research and masters students adjust to the demands of academic writing in the UK Higher Education context. The annual SAS research training programme includes a series of sessions focused on academic writing, covering subjects such as writing introductions and conclusions, revising and reviewing your work, writing for different audiences, and footnotes and referencing software.  

In addition, Dr Matthew Coneys – an experienced academic writer, editor and tutor – offers one-to-one and small-group tutorials for SAS students in which students can discuss any aspects of their academic writing. Topics typically discussed including difficulties structuring an argument, difficulties with planning and editing a long piece of writing, issues with grammar and sentence structure, and questions of style and writing convention in UK academia. All group and individual sessions are free of charge, and registration and booking details will be sent to all SAS students at the start of the academic year.  

Study Online – our Virtual Learning Environment for SAS students – also hosts the online course “A Practical Guide to Projects and Dissertations” designed by the University’s Centre for Distance Education and targeted in particular at Masters students planning their dissertations.