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Academic Writing Month


To celebrate Academic Writing Month (AcWriMo) the Library is hosting a themed Research Café for PhD students including sessions on blog writing and literature reviews alongside the opportunity to share tips on academic writing and informal networking and discussion about their work.

Academic Writing Month

The Café will take place on Monday 20th November in LS 104 12:00-13:30 and places can be booked via MyHub.

But it’s not just research students that Libraries and Learning Innovation supports with their academic writing. In August 2016 the University launched its first open access undergraduate student journal, Critical reflections: a student journal on contemporary sociological issues which includes student reflections upon everyday scenarios viewed through a theoretical-sociological lens. Library staff collaborated on the development of the journal with academic colleagues and students and provided technical support in using the open access platform.

Our Academic Librarians work with the Social Work team to support the writing of the first online undergraduate social work assignments, enhancing a long-standing programme with embedded and interconnected Library sessions throughout the modules.  Workshops for Level 6 and MA Performance students on blog writing help them evidence their independent research-based course work and postgraduate nutrition and dietetics students have benefited from sessions on writing narrative literature reviews.

And of course Skills for Learning has a comprehensive range of materials on Academic Communication on its website and a programme of bookable workshops and tutorials which are also offered as embedded sessions within the curriculum. Topics range from “What is Academic Writing” focusing on techniques and resources to “Reflective Writing” looking at the nature of reflective practice and offering a variety of ways to develop a personal reflective writing style.

Academic colleagues are also supported with activities such as reviewing literature search strategies for external projects, including suggesting new search tools and approaches.

If you are interested in the support available from Libraries and Learning Innovation, including developing open access journals, please contact your Academic Librarian or the Skills for Learning Team.

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