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Durham Centre for Academic Development

Academic Language and Literacy Support

Welcome to the Durham Centre for Academic Development's programme of Academic Language and Literacy Support.

These courses are focused on helping you develop the academic skills and competencies you need to make the most out of your time at Durham University. We offer a wide range of courses to help you with all aspects of your academic writing and with presentation and seminar skills. We also offer more specialist courses focused on areas such as English for Law, adapting to life in the UK and dissertation writing. We offer courses at both the Durham City and the Queens campus near Stockton together with a range of academic courses in departments through our Academic Writing Unit. All our courses are FREE to registered Durham University students.

Information about courses on offer and a timetable will be available early September on our Academic Language and Communication web pages.

We also offer a one-to-one consultation service where you can meet with one of our tutors to discuss your academic writing or other language issues.

For More Information

You can meet us at various points during Induction Week and throughout October to learn about how we can help you, dates and times below:

Day Date Times Event Location
Saturday 22 September 09:00 - 16:00 Undergraduate Pre-application Open Day Library Square
Monday 1 October 09:00 - 17:00 Information Event Calman Learning Centre
Tuesday 2 October 09:00 - 17:00 Information Event Calman Learning Centre
Friday 5 October 09:00 - 17:00 Information Event Calman Learning Centre

If you have any questions, please email our administration at

Chris Macallister

Chris is our In-sessional Cross-Disciplinary Course Co-ordinator. A range of courses are offered in all three terms and include collaborations with CEEC and the University Library.

Chris also oversees the DALT (Durham Academic Language Test), an academic English language test made available to all incoming international students wishing to access our In-sessional courses.

Student Testimonial

'I have been taking In-sessional courses since I came to Durham. The courses give me constant assistance with my studies. Without the In-sessional courses and the teacher's efforts I would struggle with general academic skills.

The materials are easy to understand and suitable for everyone from different departments.'

Yinyun Shi, Undergraduate Music Student, 2012