Cardiff campus

Academic Writing Clinics

For one week in the Spring term 2019, we will be holding 'Dissertation Clinics’ at Cardiff campus.

This will be a time for you to get a 'diagnosis’ of your referencing and writing skills, or to get an answer for any quick query you might have regarding your dissertation.

If you would like an assessment of your referencing and writing, please bring along up to 300 words from your dissertation and a tutor will provide you with feedback.

Dates and times for your diary:

Tuesday 12th Feb – 12.00-1.00 pm CAA018
Weds 13th Feb – 12.00-1.00 pm CAA018
Thursday 14th Feb – 12.00-1.00 pm CAA018

No need to book, just pop in to whichever is the most convenient.


If you have been referred to SDSS for Referencing, you can either book one of the Harvard referencing workshops below, or book an individual tutorial via the online booking system.

If you, and a few other students (more than 4) would like a workshop, please send us a request, indicating possible dates and times, campus and chosen topic from the options below.
Request a Workshop

The spring term workshops are now on! See below for details.


This workshop gives tips on formulating/refining your dissertation topic, planning and managing your project, research considerations, structuring methods and the academic requirements for writing it up.

Reflective Writing

Reflective writing is an important skill to develop; this interactive session will introduce the main models for reflection, and encourages identification and understanding of key elements, including criticality, form, structure and balance.

English Language

A workshop that provides invaluable hints and tips to help you improve your written work and informally assess your current language strengths.

Report Writing

These workshops introduce you to the main features of report writing with particular emphasis on organising and presenting information in an appropriate format.

Effective Presentations

Speaking in public is an essential skill at university or in a work environment. This session will look ways to achieve effective planning and organisation of its content, the use of visual aids, and a confident delivery, mainly in relation to academic presentations.

Harvard Referencing

Many students lose valuable marks for not being able to reference correctly. This session will highlight good academic practice and skills to avoid plagiarism; it will concentrate on the use of the HARVARD system with particular reference to the USW style guide.


Paraphrasing is an essential skill when referring to the work of other people, and thus avoid plagiarizing. Attend this session for tips on how to paraphrase properly.

Essay Writing

What makes a good essay? This workshop identifies key areas of the construction and writing of essays, enabling a more confident approach to developing the skills for this task

Organising your Study

This workshop is designed to make studying more manageable. It encourages you to be more aware of how to organise your time, will help you develop an appropriate study strategy and use effective techniques for preparing, taking and filing notes from lectures and research.

Critical Analysis

You will find out how to develop your writing skills by adopting a more evaluative and critical stance with this workshop.