Information on how to plan, structure and write your academic work.

Essay structure and planning

Essay writing is a process with many stages. Creating a clear plan with milestones and intermediate deadlines will help you focus more on the writing process.

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Developing an academic argument

The skill of getting a clear and articulate argument across is an important part of the writing process.

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The conventions of academic writing

There are lots of resources available to help you develop your skills relating to all stages of the academic writing process.

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Scientific writing and lab reports

Lab reports are structured so that readers can easily understand the background, aims, methodology and findings of a particular experiment or technique.

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Proofreading is a vital and often overlooked academic skill that can improve the quality of your written work at university and beyond.

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Dissertation planning

A dissertation project is an opportunity to pursue your own ideas in an environment of relative intellectual freedom. 

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