Postgraduate academic support

Academic Support & Development (ASD) at VU offers postgraduate students many opportunities to develop their academic language and study skills.

One-to-one support from academic support lecturers

Personalised one-to-one support is available with academic support lecturers for postgraduate students wishing to improve their writing skills and discuss their research writing, such as proposals, literature reviews, research articles, thesis chapters, and presentations.

It is best to access this support well before you need to submit your writing. Please note that academic support lecturers will not be able to edit your work, but can help you to develop your own writing and editing skills.

Make an appointment to see an academic support lecturer on campus

Appointments are available:

Make an appointment with an Academic Development & Support lecturer through the booking system or by phoning +61 3 9919 4744.

Research students can also make appointments on Tuesdays through the Graduate Research Centre. To make an appointment, email or phone +61 3 9919 4671 (Tuesdays only).

Language & learning skills workshops

We periodically run workshops on topics such as:

  • drafting and editing your writing
  • managing your time effectively
  • common errors of English grammar
  • structuring your literature review
  • developing your writing style.

Contact us for more information.

Writing circles

With an emphasis on thesis writing, our Writing Circles aim to encourage PhD students to:

  • share writing resources and tips
  • develop reflection and editing skills
  • give and receive feedback on drafts
  • build confidence and independence
  • meet other research students with similar interests
  • maintain ongoing links and support if desired.

A Writing Circle consists of a small number of postgraduate students and one facilitator. Writing Circles are grouped by discipline (e.g. students working in areas related to the Social Sciences, Arts, or to the Sciences) and by approach (e.g. students using quantitative or qualitative methods).

Register to attend

Writing circles are generally held fortnightly throughout the semester and usually run for 1.5 or 2 hours. Participants are expected to attend regularly, read each other’s writing and contribute to discussion.

Register your interest by emailing the Academic Support contact person listed on this page with your information:

  • family name, given name(s)
  • college, VU email and student ID
  • campus you are based at
  • stage of your candidature
  • the working title of your thesis
  • your supervisors’ name/s.
College Focus Time Location Contact
All colleges Thesis Writer’s Circle 4.30–6.30pm Thursdays Building M, Level 3, Room M317, Footscray Park campus. Possibility for remote students to Skype into meetings.
Arts Combination of exegesis and creative/practical work. 12:30–2:30pm Tuesdays (fortnightly) Footscray Park campus
Arts Social sciences research focus that predominantly takes a qualitative approach. 2–4pm Wednesdays (fortnightly) Footscray Park campus
Business Writing circle. 10am–12pm Thursdays (fortnightly) Level 10, room FS1049, City Flinders campus
Education Monthly Research Seminar program. 5pm on 19 May, 16 June, 14 July, 18 August, 15 September, 13 October, 17 November, 1 December. TBC or
Education Qualitative, quantitative or mixed research methods. Tuesdays and Thursdays. TBC
Health and Biomedicine Health and Biomedicine focused research students (from any College). Semester 2 only 10am–1pm Wednesdays (fortnightly) St Albans and Werribee campuses
Law and Justice 11am–12.30pm Tuesdays (fortnightly). Meet beforehand at 10.30am at the regular morning tea held for researchers. Semester 2 only 10am–1pm Wednesdays (fortnightly) Seminar room, 256 Queen Street, City Queen campus
Science and Engineering Writing circle. 9–11am Thursday (fortnightly) Footscray Park campus
Sport and Exercise Science Writing circle. 11am–1pm Tuesdays (fortnightly) Building M, level 3, room M303, Footscray Park campus
Sport and Exercise Science Students of Sport in Society 2–3.30pm Mondays (fortnightly) Meetings alternate between Whitten Oval Board Room in W202 and Footscray Park campus.
Sport and Exercise Science Students of Sports Psychology and Sports Coaching 2–3.30pm Mondays (fortnightly) Footscray Park campus
Moondani Balluk Writing circle 9–11am (fortnightly) St Albans campus


Learning Through Teaching Mentoring Program

The Learning Through Teaching Mentoring Program (LTTP) is designed for research graduates aspiring to enter academia. The program will give you the opportunity to work alongside a seasoned academic.

Contact us

For more information on the range of academic support services available, or if you have any other questions, please contact our team.

Our office is located on Level 3, Building M, Footscray Park campus.