Development Workshop Calendar

The Academic Success workshops (ASW) run each semester. September or January starters are welcome to attend any sessions, whether it’s for the first time or as a refresher. The workshops are split into 2 categories: Writing and Research and all will develop your ability to succeed on your course. We provide an in-depth exploration of each topic and the chance to learn actively.

Attendance: to ensure you get the maximum benefit from your time at GCU London, we recommend that you attend as many of the academic success workshops as possible. Attendance will be taken.

Workshops will be held in room 1.5 unless otherwise noted. Sessions can be repeated, based on student demand. Please email the session teacher with your request.

Writing workshops (Lecturer in Academic Development): Jessica Hancock will develop your abilities in academic reading and writing at Masters level. Jessica is here to help all students, of any current level of ability, to improve their work: whether you want to achieve a distinction or pass a re-sit. Individual appointments with Jessica can be booked online:

Research workshops (Library): Ellen and Julie are qualified librarians, who can also assist you with drop in support at the library desk. These sessions are designed to help you fully utilise the library resources to develop your academic coursework. They can be contacted by emailing

English workshops (Target English): Jo and Fiona help students with English language skills. TE will also provide one-to-one support throughout the trimester on Wednesday afternoons from 14:00-17:00, 19th October -7th December.

Student Office – 1st floor - Eva Koleckova, GCU London's Programme Administrator and Scarlett Hooper, GCU London's Student Association Officer,  can provide additional advice in relation to your studies and coursework.

Dissertation workshops run in Trimester B/C and on demand in Trimester A. Please email for more information, if required.

Schedule for Trimester A 2016/2017

Induction re-cap

The induction re-cap is for students who missed induction week and will cover:

  • Succeed in a UK masters-level course
  • Navigate GCU IT systems and passwords
  • Find print and electronic library materials

It takes place on Friday, 2-4pm on the 23rd Sept, 30th Sept and 7th Oct.

September 2017

Date Session In this session, you will learn how to:  Taught by:

Monday 19 September 


Writing 1: getting the most out of reading
  • Make sure that your reading is useful to you
  • Read in a critical and efficient way
Jessica (LAD)

Monday 26 September 


Writing 2: organising your work  
  • Create a clear structure to get your ideas across
  • Use a detailed plan to focus your writing
Jessica (LAD)

October 2017

Date Session In this session, you will learn how to:  Taught by:

Monday 3 October 


Writing 3: perfecting paragraphs
  • Use paragraphs to make your writing clearer
  • Follow the DISCO structure
Jessica (LAD)

Friday 7 October 


Room 2.4

Understanding your results and progression
  • Information about mitigating circumstances and appeals
  • Understand your results, resits and progression to dissertation
  • Alternative exit awards
Eva & Scarlett

Monday 10 October 


Writing 4: using sources
  • Put other people’s ideas into your own words
  • Work out where you need to include citations in your writing
Jessica (LAD)

Monday 17 October 


Room 2.1

Research 1: Finding academic resources
  • Construct keyword searches
  • Find appropriate resources to support your writing and fit academic expectations
  • Browse to identify current themes in your field
Ellen (Library)

Monday 24 October 


Room 2.1

Research 2: Refworks for citing
  • Locate the best database for your coursework
  • Search databases and practice saving citations in Refworks
  • Organise and create bibliographies
Ellen (Library)

Monday 31 October 


Writing 5: showing your critical skills
  • Let your own critical voice come through in your writing
  • Put different ideas together by synthesising sources
Jessica (LAD)

November 2017

Date Session In this session, you will learn how to:  Taught by:

Monday 7 November 


Writing 6: editing
  • Understand how to improve your writing
  • Make sure you are writing in the style required
Jessica (LAD)

Monday 14 November 


Room 2.1

Research 3: Databases for Business information
  • Mintel, IBIS World and Euromonitor (Passport)
  • Find company information and strategies – PESTLE and SWOT analysis
  • Research potential employers
Ellen (Library)