The College of Arts and Law Academic Writing Advisory Service

Student attending a seminar

The Academic Writing Advisory Service (AWAS) is a dedicated service for all CAL students, headed by Nicola Taylor, the College Academic Writing Advisor.

Undergraduate students

AWAS service offers help in essay writing. There is a combination of support in the form of small-group workshops led by postgraduate students in your discipline, and feedback through email and tutorials. Information on how to sign up is on the dedicated AWAS for Undergraduate Students Canvas site.

AWAS also has its own online self-access materials for independent study where you can hear our students talk about the transition from school to university, and how they have developed as academic writers throughout their undergraduate careers. You will also find clips of academic staff talking about the specific requirements of different types of essays. There are activities and exercises designed to help you in all the stages of writing an assignment or dissertation, from reading the question to the final edit, and more activities are constantly being added.

Postgraduate students

Academic writing support is also available for postgraduate students, whether on taught courses (PGT) or on doctoral research courses (PGR). Support includes individual tutorials and feedback via Email and Skype. For more information, consult the AWAS for Postgraduate Students Canvas site.

There are sometimes also opportunities to work with AWAS as postgraduate workshop leader or academic writing tutor. Details advertised on the Canvas site above.

Contact details

Location - Room 108, Arts Building

Email - awas@contacts.bham.ac.uk