Institute for Academic Development
Institute for Academic Development

Academic writing

Resources designed to support postgraduate level academic writing skills: the eWriting online course, Writing a First Year Report independent study course, and Writing Up Qualitative Research independent study course.

Writing a first year report

This independent study course for first year research students may help you prepare for writing a first year report.

It covers:

  • the introduction
  • literature review
  • objectives
  • report on progress
  • future plans
  • references

Please download the pack at the English Language Education study materials webpage (please scroll down the page to find it):

Writing up a first year report (secured)


Writing up qualitative research

This independent self study pack is aimed at PhD researchers working on a qualitative thesis who have completed their data collection and analysis and are at the stage of writing up.

The units available for download are:

eWriting online course

Exercises support you in a variety of writing skills and you can set goals to track your development. It was developed in collaboration with the University of Edinburgh, University of Glasgow and Glasgow Caledonian University, and is free to use for all postgraduate students of these partner institutions only.

To help you develop strong foundations, the course looks at:

  • defining the academic style
  • referencing strategies
  • academic voice

It also supports you to develop a range of writer's 'tools', to help you:

  • complete a critical literature summary
  • summarise your research
  • develop your research hypothesis

If you are a student at the Universities of Edinburgh, Glasgow or Glasgow Caledonian, you can self-enrol (with your University email address) via the course homepage.