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We provide a wide of range of writing support for PGRs, with training covering everything from academic writing skills to using Lego Serious Play to deal with writer’s block! We also run an extensive range of writing groups, which are facilitated spaces for PGRs to come together as a community and get some writing done. This support works in tandem with INTO, whose Insessional programme offers doctoral writing support if English is your second language.

Academic writing skills

  • Academic writing for PGRs
  • Lego Serious Play for writer's block

Writing your thesis

  • Drafting your thesis
  • Mapping your thesis structure using Lego Serious Play
  • Writing a chapter

The Insessional English Language Skills Development Programme offers a wide range of support for our international researchers. This includes a termly workshop series on Doctoral Academic Writing, subject-specific workshops for doctoral researchers in the Exeter Business School, and one-to-one writing tutorials. You can find out more on the Insessional programme website.

If you have any queries about the one-to-one tutorial support or wish to make a booking, please contact Emma Sweeney.

If you have any further questions about the Insessional support programme, please contact Peter O’Rourke or alternatively email

You can access the following brand new online courses on our Exeter Learning Environment page:

Please check out our Researcher Development site- a suite of online resources, made by PGRs for PGRs, to support their training and development.

Do you need help with academic writing? If so then you can book an appointment with one of the Royal Literary Fund Fellows. The Fellows are available by office appointment to help all members of the University – undergraduates and postgraduates alike – with queries and problems relating to the practical aspects of writing.

To arrange a meeting, please visit the Royal Literary Fund Office and sign up on the door for a convenient appointment. You can find the RLF office in Room 237, Queen’s Building, telephone 01392 72 2450.

You may wish to consider using a professional proof reader in advance of submitting your thesis. Before doing so, we suggest you read the Statement on the use of Proof Reading Services that accompanies the Teaching and Quality Assurance manual pages on Research Misconduct.

The University has an Academic Copy Editor Register of approved proof readers/copy editors. Please note these are fee-based services.