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The Academic Writing Centre will remain open until May 31 for email consultations. To book an appointment, email with the following information:
  • your student number
  • your year of study and subject

NOTE: The AWC will be closed in June but will reopen for July and August to help postgraduate and repeat students.

Queries re any of our library services can be addressed to

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We provide one-on-one tutorials on essay writing. These are free and available to everyone, regardless of level of experience or grade average. 

We also support student writing through workshops, modules, and competitions. 

We offer help in the following areas: 

  • Brainstorming your essay topic and outline
  • Structuring an argument
  • Developing your thesis statement
  • Improving sentence structure and punctuation
  • Avoiding plagiarism
  • Using secondary sources
  • Editing and proofreading techniques

What we don't do:

  • We do not do the work for you, but support you in becoming a better writer. 
  • We do not work as proofreaders, but we can teach you to proofread your work.
  • We do not assess essays or comment on the grades they received.
  • We do not judge anyone for any writing issues.


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The AWC is located on Floor 2, in the James Hardiman Library. 

Opening Hours (from 1 October 2019

Monday                               11:00 - 13:00 and 18:00 - 20:00
Tuesday                               11:00 - 13:00 and 18:00 - 20:00
Wednesday                       11:00 - 13:00 and 18:00 - 20:00
Thursday                            11:00 - 13:00 and 16:00-18:00  (priority slot for students on the Access programme)  and 18:00 - 20:00 

Support of Irish-language writing is available on Monday and Tuesday evenings (18:00 - 20:00) 

Bíonn tacaíocht do scríbhneoireacht trí Ghaeilge ar fáil Dé Luain (18.00-20.00) agus Dé Máirt (18.00-20.00)
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During term time, you can drop into the AWC between 11:00 - 13:00 and 18:00 - 20:00 every day except Friday nights and weekends. 

To book a session, contact the manager of the AWC, Dr Ira Ruppo via email:

To get the best out of your session, bring your written work with you. Some students bring completed assignments; others bring rough drafts or notes; past assignments are also acceptable.  An AWC tutor will identify your areas of improvement and set you on the track for becoming a better writer. You can also visit the AWC if you have trouble starting your essay or choosing your essay topic.

Help for Irish-Language Writing

Support of Irish-language writing will be available from 1 October 2019 on Tuesday (18.00-20.00) and Wednesday (18:00 - 20:00) 
Bíonn tacaíocht do scríbhneoireacht trí Ghaeilge ar fáil Dé Máirt (18.00-20.00) agus Dé Céadaoin (18.00-20.00)


Help for English as a Second Language Students

There is a saying that academic English is nobody's first language. Expressing complex ideas in a second language can be especially difficult. Some challenges particular to ESL students may include the use of definite and indefinite articles, correct word usage, and sentence structure. We can also show you how to take advantage of your linguistic knowledge and to use translation as an editing tool. 

A session at the AWC can also suit advanced learners of English who require more instruction, but whose level is too high for language classes.