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Developing Academic Literacies

The aim of this new Learning Circle is to explore, as a community, how best to develop academic literacies within the disciplines, therefore affording students greater opportunities for success in academia.

Following a research project conducted by English for Academic Purposes (EAP) staff in Warwick Foundation Studies, it is clear that there is overwhelming demand for developing ways in which we can help students from all backgrounds (social, cultural, educational and linguistic) develop their academic literacies.

This Learning Circle hopes to bring together subject-specialists with specialists in EAP to address the academic literacies needs of students across the disciplines at Warwick via bespoke pedagogies and research-informed practice.

The aim of the group is to:

  • Enhance the support provided for students to develop their academic literacies
  • Critically evaluate the academic literacies we wish to develop in students across the disciplines at Warwick.
  • Identify barriers to success in academia through a critical examination of academic writing requirements.
  • Establish pedagogical practices and research developed through a reimagining of academic writing
  • Steer the direction of academic literacies support at Warwick

This Learning Circle is open to all staff and students. If you wish to find out more or join this Circle, please contact Alexander Smith ( or Susie Cowley-Haselden (

The Circle's next meeting will be on Wednesday 3 May at 13:00.

    Current members of this circle:

    • Alexander Smith (Co-lead)
    • Susie Cowley-Haselden (Co-lead)