Academic Writing Centre


‌The Graduate School offers one of the most comprehensive research writing programmes available for UK doctoral students. We support doctoral  students and research staff towards writing for research papers or conference presentations, with our Writing for Publication workshop series.

The Graduate School offers a unique training specialism in research writing, supporting researchers to the timely completion of their PhDs, Professional Doctorates, Masters in Research or research and conference papers. We offer a suite of workshops tailored to the specific demands of the doctorate.

Our workshops break down the research writing process into phases, dealing with different challenges at the most appropriate stage of your studies. For example, early focus on the literature review, developing research hypothesis and mastering the academic style; while later stages consider how to write up large amounts of data into well structured chapters or how to manage and edit a complex document which changes over time. In addition, we provide specialist support for international doctoral researchers for whom English is not their first language, with one-to-one tuition available from an experienced Lecturer in Academic Writing.

Throughout the year other guest workshops are organised to bring in other writing specialists, for example on editing, or proof reading, or writing for media audiences.

A full list of the training workshops can be viewed here.

The Graduate School at GCU, in partnership with the University of Edinburgh and the University of Glasgow, has also established an online e-Writing course designed for postgraduate students. Students can use this link to register and access the course material.

The PILOT resource developed by the Library at GCU also provides information relevant to research students on academic writing topics, for example how to write a research proposal and a critical review. PILOT can be accessed here.

You may also be interested in a doctoral writing blog run by the Mendeley Library which you can find here.

In addition, the University provides English Language Support for international students, and further details can be found here.