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Jesus College: Academic writing support

Academic writing support

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If you want to hone your writing skills and find your voice, 1-2-1 writing support sessions are available for current undergraduates and postgraduates.

Undergraduate writing programme

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If you would like to sign up for a 1-2-1 writing skills session with Lizzie Collingham, you can sign up for an appointment on Moodle, or contact Lizzie directly at

She can go through a piece of writing with you, sentence by sentence and provide suggestions on your approach, structure and style.


What can she do? 

  • She can provide guidance on how to plan your work and structure your writing.
  • She can comment on a paper's organisation, both the flow of ideas and the internal structure of a particular paragraph. 
  • She can make suggestions for how to revise a paper for greater clarity, coherence and persuasiveness. 
  • She can spot common errors and help devise a personalised list to help you edit your writing more effectively.

Postgraduate writing programme

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Academic Writing: Words, Texts and Ideas

Seminars and individual follow-up sessions are organised during Lent term each year to support postgraduate students with their academic writing skills.

These are provided by David Abbott, a qualified teacher and former lecturer, who has published in his field and can assist students within any academic discipline. If you are trying to get to grips with academic writing, are overwhelmed by how much you have to write, or are unsure about the written rules of academic style, these sessions are for you.

David gives two seminars (the second a repeat of the first). He then offers 25-minute 1:1 sessions to work on a specific piece of academic writing that you are working on. Slots can be booked via Moodle when advertised.

If you would like further information about these events, please contact the Senior Postgraduate Administrator.

To find out about the full Postgraduate Development Programme, more details are on JNET.

For more information

If you are an undergraduate and have any questions, requests, or feedback regarding the writing programme, do get in touch:

If you are a postgraduate and have any questions regarding the programme, do get in touch:

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