The Centre for Academic English and Skills can give you practical advice on how to improve your academic writing skills by giving you personalised feedback. We offer tutorials in which we answer specific questions and comment on samples of your work or simply give advice about writing techniques and areas you would like to improve in.

"Thank you so much for your help! Those suggestions have really improved my work and highlighted errors I make without realising."

Sally, March 2021

In our tutorials we can support your writing by advising on areas such as: 

  • understanding assignment questions
  • understanding tutor feedback and comments
  • academic style
  • planning and structuring written assignments
  • critical thinking
  • referencing and citation
  • techniques for proofreading
  • punctuation and sentence structure
  • producing effective PowerPoints for presentations
  • grammar and vocabulary (useful for students whose first language is not English)

"The feedback is really helpful and I'll be able to use that to make my work better!"

Ceri, December 2021

AWG tutorial types

You can book

  • Email tutorials in which you will receive personalised feedback in an email (the quickest way to receive feedback on your work);
  • Online face-to-face tutorials (via Zoom/Teams).

When you can book

You can book AWG tutorials throughout the year, with the exception of the Christmas and Easter breaks (). 

How to book

To request a tutorial, click on the link below. Please note that we only have a set number of tutorials each week; you will be advised if these are fully booked at the top of the online booking form.


A tutor will respond as soon as possible (usually within 3 working days). This may take longer at busier times of the year (e.g. during assessment periods). You will be notified if there is no availability for a particular week.

"Thanks so much for the feedback and encouragement - much needed right now."

Sam, December 2020


Frequently Asked Questions

Will you proofread my essay/dissertation?

We are not a proofreading service, and we can only spend up to 30 minutes for each tutorial. We are not subject specialists, so we cannot advise on the actual subject-content (or grade your work).

Where can I find information about referencing?

A short guide and full guidance on how to reference the sources you have used are available on . Also check out the library's , where you can sign up for interactive referencing clinics and ask any questions you may have.

How do I find suitable books, journal articles etc. for study/research?

A good place to start your search for information is your . Books, journals and other resources are available for borrowing from the . Check out this on your resource list and beyond.

For further help with finding resources .

What books/websites can help me develop my academic writing?

Below are some recommended resources that will guide you through the whole process of academic writing. They include practice with developing your ability to communicate your ideas and research. All books are available for borrowing from the , either in printed format or as e-books.


  • Academic Success: a Student's Guide to Studying at Ƶ. Authors: Jean Brick, Nick Wilson, Deanna Wong and Maria Herke. ISBN: 9781352002621
  • Writing for Ƶ. Author: Jeanne Godfrey. ISBN: 978135093368
  • How to Write Better Essays. Author: Bryan Greetham. ISBN: 9781350337930


  • Writing Essays - The Royal Literary Fund: 
  • The Academic Phrasebank - Ƶ of Manchester: 
  • Using English for Academic Purposes for Students in Higher Education - Andy Gillett:  (for students whose first language is not English)

 For further help with finding academic writing resources .

Can I use AI to help me write my essay/dissertation?

It is vital that the work you submit for your assessments is your own work. It is important to be transparent about the tools you use and the sources you are reading and citing. If you are unsure whether use of AI is appropriate, please speak to your module tutor or course leader. 

There may be some assessments where the use of AI tools is permitted or required. Your module tutor will communicate this to you in advance. Unless this is the case you should assume that the use of any AI tools for creating the content of an assessment is not permitted.

If you use AI tools as part of the process of creating an assessment, it is important that you acknowledge their use.