Online Workshop – Pre-arrival Writing at PGT Level – 17 and 22 August 2017

(PGT – Online) Pre-arrival: Writing at PGT Levelbook

  • Thursday 17th August 2017 @ 10:00-11:00
  • Tuesday 22nd August 2017 @ 14:00-15:00

To support you with your Masters studies for the year ahead, Institute for Academic Development (IAD) offer study skills workshops throughout the year. IAD will be offering a set of online ‘pre-arrival’ workshops to support you with your studies and skills, this will include writing at PGT level.

This session will take place via blackboard collaborate (virtual classroom). Booking is required in order to receive the workshop link and further information about how to join the session.

To find out more and to book a place, please click the following link:


Workshop – Revisiting Your Structure – 6 July 2017

(PGT) Revisiting Your Structure

  • Thursday 6th July 2017 @ 10:00-12:30

This workshop is open to all postgraduate taught (PGT) students.istock_000014760316xsmall

A dissertation is a significant piece of academic writing and the defining feature of a Master’s degree, so it is worth taking time to consider your structure.

This interactive session will help you step back from the detail of your writing and take an overview of your dissertation. It will suggest practical ways you can isolate the main themes of your work and develop a convincing order to present your ideas. We will also discuss the purpose of key sections of academic dissertations.

You will have the opportunity to self-review your dissertation outline, but the tutor will be unable to give subject-specific advice.

To find out more and to book a place, please click on the following link:

Workshop – Proof Reading – 26 June 2017

(PGT) Proof Reading

  • Monday 26th June 2017 @ 09:30-12:30Top view of young students in library

With that last full stop, the writing task is done. Or is

it? This course looks at the many stages of copy-editing and proof-reading that must be done before the dissertation is submitted or the academic paper published. We look at some myths about writing, identify common errors and offer a range of techniques for spotting them. Proof correction marks are introduced and put into practice in a peer feedback session.

To find out more and to book a place, please click on the following link:

Workshop – The Writing Process: Getting Started – 17 May 2017

(PGT) The Writing Process: Getting Started

  • Wednesday 17th May 2017 @ 09:30-12:30istock_000014760316xsmall

For many students, starting to write is one of the most challenging aspects of doing a dissertation. How do you know whether you are ready to write? How do you overcome the sense of paralysis or overwhelm that often accompanies the early stages of the writing process? This workshop provides tools and tips for how to get started; for generating, focusing, targeting and structuring material; and for developing a first draft. All of these will be put into practice through the development of a short text.


To find out more and to book a place, please click on the following link:

Workshop: Mini writing bootcamp – 14 June 2016

(PGT) Mini writing bootcamp

  • Tuesday 14 June 2016 @ 09:00 – 13:00

Are you a taught postgraduate student working on  your dissertationan or an assignment?  Would you like an opportunity to be able to learn some writing techniques, and have space to practise them.students studying

The aim of a ‘writing bootcamp’ is to facilitate a time and place for you to write without the distractions of emails, Facebook, twitter and everyday life.

The session will begin with a short Bitesize style workshop to offer advice on writing techniques, and motivate you to write. Following this you will have a 2.5 hours of writing split over 3 sessions. No distractions, just writing.

Thinking of coming along? Here is what you need to know.

  • If you wish to write using a laptop, please bring your own with you. There will be plenty of power sockets.

To find out more and to book a place, please click on the following link:

Exams and Assignments: Hints and Tips

It’s the end of semester 2 and many Masters students have exams or assignments.This can be a stressful time but there are many things that you can do to help with exam study and assignments.students studying

For further information and resources

Useful study tips – preparing for the next semester


Before the start of a new semester, it is always useful to reflect on your experiences and develop how you learn and study. The Institute for Academic Development provides a variety of resources which can support Masters students.

  • Developing your English
  • Effective studying
  • Time management
  • Literature searching
  • Writing at postgrad level
  • Assignments: planning and drafting
  • Meeting academic standards
  • Critical thinking
  • Presentations and posters
  • Dissertations

You can access all the above resources through: