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).

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.

Find out more about our Writing Circles.

Get together and write

Are you a research student finding it difficult to get a writing flow?

Groups of VU researchers (students and staff) 'Get together and write' each Tuesday from 9.30-11.30am at Footscray Park campus in Building P, Room 416 (top floor of the library).

Come along and introduce yourself to the Academic Support & Development staff member. Bring your ideas, whatever you are currently working on. Write alongside others and get motivated to keep going over a two-hour block of time. The Academic Support & Development staff member is available to consult during the session if you would like some feedback on parts of your writing.

There is no need to register. Just show up.

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.

More information will be available closer to the start of Semester 1, 2017.

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.