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The Writing Skills programme seeks to develop student literacy within the BA in students of all abilities, encouraging them to read and think critically, to meet the demands of formal essay writing and to attend to issues of grammar, mechanics, usage and punctuation. The students are encouraged to develop their writing as a process (Collect-Focus-Order-Draft-Clarify) so that the exercise of writing becomes a learning and reflective experience.

Writing Skills involves a series of seminars and workshops taken in years 1 and 2 of the degree. While this programme is part of the BA degree, it is closely linked with the support for student writing offered by the Writing Centre: one-on-one tutorials for students are available at the request of students or academic staff. The Writing Centre also supports research into the teaching of writing and is currently engaged in a funded project on peer tutoring.