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Durham University

DCAD: English Language Support

Enhancing your Disciplinary Writing and Academic Communication Skills

Our academic development programmes and services are designed to help you make the most of your time at Durham University. We offer a wide range of options to enhance and develop your academic communication skills.

Academic Language and Communication (ALC) Courses

Focusing on helping you enhance and develop the academic skills you need to succeed in your degree programme, as well as developing greater awareness of disciplinary expectations, academic style and linguistic effectiveness.

Discipline-Specific Writing: Collaborations with Departments

Providing specialised academic writing support to departments

One-to-one Writing Consultations

Come and discuss any challenges, questions or concerns you have with your writing. Whether it's to discuss an essay plan, assignment draft, thesis chapter or perhaps even a CV or cover letter, you can meet with one of our writing consultants on an individual basis.

For further information

You can meet us at various locations during Induction Week and throughout October to discuss how we can help you, come to the Durham Centre for Academic Development (Dunelm House) to check the noticeboard and pick up information, or email us at