Dissertation Workshops Dissertation Workshops

Our dissertation workshops are open to students from all disciplines. Share tips about how to get going and keep going with your dissertation writing. Our friendly tutors will offer tips to help with the writing process.

You can ask as many questions as you like and discuss ideas with other students. No booking is required. Our programme of dissertation workshops will begin in May.

The full programme will be available soon.

We also offer one-to-one drop-ins and tutorial appointments and a range of writing resources including study guides on dissertation writing.

Dissertation Cafés Dissertation Cafés

In collaboration with the Students’ Union, we run Dissertation Cafes for Undergraduate and Postgraduate students at different times of the year. Dissertation Cafes offer a relaxed space for you to talk about your dissertations, writing you’ve done and writing you need to do.

You can swap tips with other students and Learning Enhancement Tutors and Student Union Officers will also be on hand to offer advice. You can bring along your writing and do some writing alongside other students in a similar situation to yourself. Free tea, coffee and biscuits!

Undergraduate Dissertation Cafés Undergraduate Dissertation Cafés





Time Location
Wednesday 26th February 2020 2-4pm Student Union Bookable Room 1
Wednesday 18th March 2020 2-4pm Student Union Bookable Room 1




Are you an Undergraduate student working on your dissertation or final project?

Officers from the Student Union and Tutors from the Learning Enhancement Team invite you to join conversations about your experience over cake and refreshments.

The afternoon will also feature an opportunity to do some of your writing in the company of others in our Writers' Group. Writers' groups provide structured time and space dedicated to writing. Our Dissertation Writers group offers two one hour blocks of writing, with warm up activities to get you going with your writing and the opportunity to reflect on the writing you have done and the writing you still have to do. A Learning Enhancement Tutor will lead these activities.


Tea, coffee, and conversation from 2:00pm- 4:00pm.

Feel free to come along to some, or all, of the sessions. You can swap tips and ask questions. There will be the opportunity to do some structured bursts of writing too.If you want to participate in the Café, please bring along your laptop with access to your dissertation writing.

Postgraduate Dissertation Cafés Postgraduate Dissertation Cafés

Dates to be announced soon! (2020)

Dissertation Advice and Resources Dissertation Advice and Resources

 Your dissertation: getting started

In order to make a good start on your dissertation it is essential to have a clear idea of the structure and direction your writing will take. This workshop aims to help you to:

  • Reflect on the stages of the dissertation writing process.
  • Gain an understanding of where you are in the process and the steps you need to take to make progress.
  • Consider how to select an appropriate topic and develop it into a question.
  • Identify common dissertation structures and the function of different sections and chapters.
  • Understand the function of the Literature Review and issues to bear in mind before beginning to write one.
  • Discuss any potential problems which might prevent you from progressing through the dissertation writing process.

Workshop slides 

Your dissertation: managing your time

Making effective use of your time is an essential aspect of successful, stress-free research. This workshop will introduce a variety of time management strategies that you can adapt to your own needs and working style. In particular you will consider the following:

  • how you spend your time
  • how to break down the dissertation into manageable tasks
  • how to plan and prioritise your work
  • how to maintain steady progress with your dissertation.

Workshop slides (2016) pdf [88KB]
Handout (2013) pdf [33KB]

Your dissertation: the literature review

Having an understanding of the existing literature in your area of research is a key part of every dissertation, and is often one of the first pieces of dissertation research you will undertake. This session aims to help you to:

  • Understand the purpose of a literature review and the role it plays in your dissertation
  • Take a critical, analytical approach to the literature
  • Organise and structure the literature review

Workshop slides pdf [144 KB]

Activity pdf [31 KB]
Handout (2013) pdf [42KB]

Your dissertation: editing and proofreading

All the research you've done needs, of course, to result in a final product: your dissertation. This workshop aims to help you manage the final stages of your research journey by suggesting strategies and techniques to enable you to:

  • bring together the sections of your work
  • put distance between yourself and your work so you can look at it critically
  • proofread your work effectively.

Please bring a piece of your dissertation writing to this session.

Workshop slides pdf [26 KB]


Further resources

Proofreading, referencing and bibliographies slides (from 2011) pdf [73KB]
Exercise - Proofreading (2013) pdf [411KB]
Exercise with errors highlighted - Proofreading (2013) pdf [416KB]
Exercise answers - Proofreading (2013) pdf [455KB]
Proofreading for language problems (2011) pdf [88KB]
Playing cards (2011) pdf [56 KB]