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DCU Writing Centre

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

writing centre door and contact details

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.

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

Why visit the 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. paragraphing, grammar, sentence structure, flow, introductions or conclusions.
  • For advice on how to improve writing to move up a grade.
Writing consultations
  • Please bring along to the appointment your assignment brief and a draft of your work.
  • For repeat assignments, bring along any feedback that you may have received from your tutor.
  • 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.
Meet the tutors 

Writing Centre team on Glasnevin Campus.

Writing Centre team 2018/19 (from left to right): Pádraig, Karina, Ellen, Arabelle, Cillian & Paula.

Padraig Bolger - specialist in science

Karina Curley (Student Learning Officer) - specialist in education and social sciences

Ellen Howley - specialist in humanities and arts

Arabelle Cassedy - specialist in science

Cillian Murphy (Student Learning Officer) - specialist in education and social sciences

Paula Lehane - specialist in education and social sciences

What students have to say

"Brilliant I went in feeling lost and left feeling so positive. Invaluable advice and (the tutor was) so nice."

"The guidance on how to start an assignment properly was a great help... it's definitely something I would recommend to all years."

"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."

What staff have to say

"This academic year I had a number of fails. I provided very direct feedback to students on the failed submission and, for many,  I recommended they attend the Writing Centre for further support. I also ask students to detail in the resubmission, the steps taken to improve their work since the first submission.  A number mentioned attending the writing center. This has made a real difference to their resubmitted work in particular, with writing, citation and referencing improved greatly. I am very impressed with the resubmitted work of those who declared attending this service." - Lecturer from the Faculty of Science & Health

Appointments 
  • Appointments can only be scheduled online on both the Glasnevin Campus and St Patrick's Campus as well as Online (via Google Meet) using the links below.
  • To make an appointment, go to calendar and click on booking.
  • Check the online calendar to get the latest updates on availability. Appointment slots open 10 days in advance.
  • You can book either a 30 minute or 60 minute appointment - if you have a detailed query or issue please book a 60 minute appointment. Online sessions must be 1 hour in duration.
  • To cancel a booking, click on the cancellation link which you will find at the bottom of your confirmation email.
  • Please reschedule or cancel an appointment if you cannot attend.
  • We advise students to make no more than 1 appointment per week and five per semester. This is to keep the limited number of appointments open to as many students as possible.
Writing guides, templates, videos and other resources

This webpage contains resources for learning developed by DCU Student Learning, and also provides links to resources developed by The University of New England, The University of Auckland, The University of Manchester, Queens University Belfast, Learn Higher, University of Kent, the University of Cumbria and the University of Toronto.

Essays

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Literature Reviews

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Report Writing

Writing for the Sciences

Critical Writing

Reflective Writing

Book Reviews

Annotated Bibliography

Referencing

DCU Glasnevin Campus

Ground floor in the library beside the lounge area. Monday: 2-4 pm, Tuesday: 2-6 pm, Wednesday: 11am-1pm, 2pm-4pm, Thursday: 11am-1pm, 2-6 pm.

DCU St Patrick's Campus

Library Second Floor, Room G315. Wednesday: 2-4 pm, Thursday: 3-5pm

DCU Online

Thursday: 5-7pm.(Monday 5-7 pm for Week 13 only i.e. Mon 17th December). Sessions take place online via Google Meet. Please send your assignment title and any work completed on it in advance to writingcentre@dcu.ie. The tutor will take the first few minutes to read through this material and your appointment will commence at approx 15 minutes after the start time. To access the appointment please click on the link the Writing Centre tutor will send to your DCU student email address (the one you made the booking through) when the session begins.