Postgraduate academic learning advice

VU offers postgraduate students many opportunities to develop their academic language and study skills.

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 Learning Hub on 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

Participants are expected to attend regularly, read each other’s writing and contribute to discussion.

Check Learning Hub online for timetables and bookings.


Contact us

For more information on study advice available at VU, or if you have any other questions, please email the Learning Hub team: