Academic Writing Centre

The Graduate School provides a comprehensive research writing programme.  We offer a range of workshops tailored to the specific demands of academic writing at each stage of the doctoral journey or research process.  In addition, we provide opportunities for language development for international doctoral researchers for whom English is not their first language. 

Our series of first, second and final year academic writing workshops, as well as classes in academic writing for international students (EAWIS), are available from October through to June. A full list of our Trimester A workshops is available here on the Graduate School blog:

As well as our workshop programme, the academic writing centre provides opportunities for self-directed academic writing projects and for one-to-one consultancy.  Our monthly series of Writing Retreats and our Write Time afternoons create time, space and a supportive social environment for independent research and thesis writing.  Places on these full-day and half-day events can be booked through the Graduate School Eventbrite platform.  Additionally, one-to-one appointments to discuss any and all aspects of research writing and thesis composition can be made directly with Dr Grace Poulter, our Senior Lecturer in Academic Writing.  She can be contacted by email at:

Throughout the year specialist workshops and additional events are provided by the academic writing centre.  In October and November 2018, for example, Steven Vass, the Scottish editor of The Conversation, will deliver a series of participative workshops looking at how to communicate complex research in Plain English.  In Trimesters B and C we will offer structured three-day Writing Retreat opportunities for PGRs and staff and in June/July 2019 we will rerun Write Away! - our inter-university residential week-long structured Writing Retreat for final year students from a range of Scottish universities.

If you have any queries or questions and are student or member of staff currently at GCU, please feel free to contact Dr Poulter directly.

If you are a prospective student, please contact the Graduate School at: