Writing Centre

***The Writing Centre is now closed for the semester and will reopen in July ahead of the Resit Exams***

Our mission is to help all students become confident and competent writers at third level and beyond.

Please note: support with citing and referencing is provided by the DCU Library

The Writing Centre offers one-to-one guidance with academic writing to all undergraduate and postgraduate students. The sessions provide students with the opportunity to receive expert advice from a peer tutor. Tutors are studying at PhD level and are trained and supervised by the DCU Student Learning team, who also provide sessions on occasion. Students may visit the Centre during any stage of the writing process: planning an assignment, writing a first draft, or revising and editing a document. Sessions are booked online and are free of charge.


Workshops

Upcoming online writing workshops open to all (note: subject to change, please check back regularly):

Videos are available below for any students who cannot attend these live sessions.


Writing Resources

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Discover Assignment Writing

Log on to Discover Assignment Writing 24/7 to complete a short interactive course on how to write a clear and  focused academic paper.

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Discover Critical Thinking and Writing

Log on to Discover Critical Thinking and Writing 24/7 to complete a short interactive course to develop your critical thinking and writing skills.

Essentials of Academic Writing


Essays


Literature Reviews


Research Report Writing

Writing for the Sciences

Writing for Law Students


Literature Essay Writing


Critical Thinking & Writing


Reflective Writing


Book Review or Article Critique


Annotated Bibliography


Referencing


Writing Feedback


About the Writing Centre

  • For guidance on how to structure an assignment at third level.
  • For advice on how to research and read effectively for an assignment.
  • To discuss difficulties with specific aspects of writing e.g. introductions, conclusions, essay flow or editing.
  • For advice on how to improve writing to move up a grade.

The Writing Centre gathers student feedback after every single appointment. In 2019-20, 92.2% of students rated their appointment as 'excellent'.

Students' comments:

  • "The best one to one teaching ever received."
  • "Brilliant I went in feeling lost and left feeling so positive. Invaluable advice and (the tutor was) so nice."
  • "I found the 'virtual' option extremely handy as I am working full time and studying part time and would struggle to get into DCU for a face to face appointment. The advice given was excellent and I left feeling much more positive and enabled to write my assignment."
  • "I feel that my approach to writing has improved dramatically. I came out with a new and improved perspective."
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Angelos Bollas

Angelos Bollas - specialist in Arts and Humanities.

Angelos is a PhD student at the School of Applied Language & Intercultural Studies. 

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Aisling Callan

Aisling Callan - specialist in Humanities and Social Sciences. 

Aisling is a PhD student at the School of Nursing, Psychotherapy and Community Health.

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Paula Lehane

Paula Lehane - specialist in Education and Psychology.

Paula is a PhD student in the Centre for Assessment Research, Policy and Practice in Education.

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Hannah Millington

Hannah Millington - specialist in Arts and Humanities.

Hannah is a PhD student in the School of Theology, Philosophy and Music.

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Conor Scully

Conor Scully - specialist in Social Sciences and Education.

Conor is a PhD student at the Centre for Assessment Research, Policy and Practice in Education.

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Alicia Menendez Tarrazo

Dr. Alicia Menendez Tarrazo - specialist in Arts and Humanities.

Alicia is a Student Learning Officer at DCU and coordinates the Glasnevin Campus Writing Centre.

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Cillian Murphy

Cillian Murphy - specialist in Education and Psychology.

Cillian is a Student Learning Officer at DCU and coordinates the St Patrick's Campus Writing Centre.

  • Please have ready your assignment brief and a draft of your work.
  • The Centre is not a proofreading or editing service but rather works with students to strengthen their abilities as writers and encourages them to become editors of their own work.
  • All Writing Centre appointments are currently being offered exclusively online (via video call) due to coronavirus restrictions. This video explains how an online appointment works once you have booked it.
  • Appointments are made using any of the booking calendar links below. Check the online calendar to get the latest updates on availability. Appointment slots open 7 days in advance.
  • Please reschedule or cancel an appointment well in advance if you cannot attend through the links provided in your confirmation email. Students who repeatedly book and cancel appointments at the last minute will lose booking privileges.
  • We advise students to make no more than one appointment per week and a maximum of five per semester. This is to keep the limited number of appointments open to as many students as possible.

Appointments are booked using the You Can Book Me and Zoom online platforms. You Can Book Me is an online calendar service which allows you to book an appointment using a self-service option. Zoom is a video conferencing platform. You Can Book me and Zoom integrate to provide an automated booking system that generates online video-call appointment links for users. This service is optional. You can also book an appointment by contacting our service directly at: student.learning@dcu.ie

By using the online booking service, you are consenting to You Can Book Me and Zoom processing your personal data on behalf of DCU Student Support & Development (a unit within Dublin City University, which is the local Data Controller). Personal data that you submit to DCU Student Support & Development using You Can Book Me and Zoom will be used only for the purpose of booking your appointment and, if necessary, contacting you in regards to that appointment. 

The categories of personal data processed by You Can Book Me and Zoom are: name; email address; student number; mobile phone number; summary of your query. Personal data which is processed by You Can Book Me is processed in the United States, subject to binding terms and conditions which comply with EU legal requirements (GDPR). The You Can Book Me data privacy policy is available here. Personal data will be held by You Can Book Me for one year and will then be deleted. Personal data which is processed by Zoom may be processed outside of the EU, subject to binding terms and conditions which comply with EU legal requirements (GDPR). The Zoom privacy policy is available here and the Zoom Data Processing Addendum is available here. SS&D retains access to the record of meeting for six months after the meeting. 

If you have any questions in relation to your personal data, you may contact the DCU Data Protection Officer, Mr Martin Ward, Office of the Chief Operations Officer. Tel: 01-7005118 / 7005217 or email: data.protection@dcu.ie

For further information, please visit:

DCU Data Protection Unit

DCU Privacy Policy

If you wish to lodge a complaint to the Data Protection Commission, please visit dataprotection.ie

 


Make an Appointment

The Writing Centre is now closed for the semester and will reopen in July ahead of the Resit Exams.

Please note: support with citing and referencing is provided by the DCU Library