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Skills and Peer Support

Two students talking in the Research Exchange with cups of coffee and a laptop

We offer and host a wide range of workshops and sessions to help you develop your academic and research skills. Past sessions have included peer-to-peer advice, Shut Up & Work groups, Write Here Write Now sessions, literature searching and effective researcher workshops.

On Track

We run the On Track skills programme to help with your academic writing and self-development.

Creative Writing Group

Join the Creative Writing Group every fortnight on Thursday evenings to improve your writing, both non-fiction and fiction. Whether you are passionate about articles or stories, writing alongside supportive peers is a great way to enhance skills and find your voice.


Join our networking workshop designed to help you represent yourself and develop your networking techniques - or get some networking tips and advice from these online resources.

Write Here, Write Now!

Struggling to concentrate? Need to get some writing done without checking social media or making trips to the coffee machine?

Every Tuesday morning in the Research Exchange we run Write Here, Write Now, a focused working session that helps you manage your time better and increase your productivity - complete with scheduled breaks where we provide your hard-earned tea, coffee and snacks!

Peer Advice

Our postgrads and researchers share their tips and advice on skills development, good practices in academia and hosting research-led events. We also have resources and advice on how to network.


If you are a Postgraduate Research Student, you can also log some of our sessions in SkillsForge, contributing to your overall number of credits.

If you would like to see us arrange a specific skills development workshop, email with your suggestions.