Supporting you with your dissertation Supporting you with your dissertation

Our dissertation workshops are open to undergraduate and masters students from all disciplines. Share tips about how to get going and keep going with your dissertation writing. Our friendly tutors will offer tools to help with the writing process. You can ask as many questions as you like and discuss ideas with other students. We have Dissertation Cafés specifically for undergraduate or master’s students at different times of the year. The Cafés provide an opportunity for you to discuss writing with others, as well as a space and time devoted to writing itself.

Our Cafés offer a dedicated space for writing in the company of others. You can also talk about any issues you are having with your writing. Tutors will be on hand to keep you focussed. More details can be found below.

No booking is required, but places will be allocated on a first come, first served basis.

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

Upcoming Cafés Upcoming Cafés



Date Time Location
Wednesday 29th January 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.

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]