LRDG - The Academic Writing Zone in LUMS: our experience of introducing a faculty-based peer writing mentor scheme

Date: 19 June 2012 Time: 1 - 2 pm

Venue: C89, County South

The Academic Writing Zone, a peer writing mentoring scheme, was introduced in October 2011 in LUMS as a result of a review of faculty-based academic support provision.

The aim was to provide opportunities for LUMS undergraduates to discuss academic writing issues on a one-to-one basis with trained student writing mentors- in other words, to set up a small-scale version of a writing centre. We hoped that mentees would benefit from interaction with more experienced academic writers, while mentors would benefit from reflecting more explicitly on the writing process and by developing valuable personal and employability skills.

Gill Burgess, student learning advisor for LUMS, and Katie Barnes, student writing mentor, will talk about their experience on this pilot scheme: the background to the scheme, the way it has operated, the benefits and challenges it has brought, and our hopes for its future development.

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Who can attend: Anyone


Further information

Organising departments and research centres: Educational Research, Lancaster Literacy Research Centre, Linguistics and English Language

Keywords: Higher education HE, Literacies, Writing (general)