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Durham University

Durham Centre for Academic Development

Working with Departments


Our skilled and experienced staff collaborate with colleagues in academic departments to offer discipline-specific writing classes and courses. These are often designed and timed to target an upcoming assignment or written genre (e.g. discursive essays, reflective essays, lab reports, business case reports, etc).

Approach

Whenever feasible we try to work in partnership with departmental academics in order to understand the requirements of a discipline, modules and assessment tasks, before then designing sessions tailored to perceived student needs.

Format

Sessions are usually taught by our staff, but co-taught classes are also common. We have delivered a range of bespoke provision at postgraduate and undergraduate levels, including in Archaeology, Biological Sciences, Durham University Business School, Combined Honours, Earth Sciences, the School of Education, and Music.

Session Development

While we aim to support departmental provision whenever possible, collaborations are agreed on a case-by-case basis. If you are a staff member interested in working together to enhance your students' disciplinary writing skills for a particular genre or assessment, please contact the Collaborative Provision Coordinator, Clare Carr.

A collaborative session development form is also available to download here:

Writing Consultation Service

Please note that we also offer a one-to-one writing consultation service. Here you can book a 45-minute appointment to discuss a piece of writing they are currently working on. Focuses for consultations might include the reading-to-writing process, structure and organisation, synthesis and integration of reading, and/or discipline-appropriate linguistic choices.