Master’s and Undergraduate students

Our Academic English workshops are freely available to all registered students at The University of Manchester.

These workshops have been both an excellent refresher and a huge confidence boost! The element of flipped learning was great; it allowed me to prepare for the workshop so I could go in with confidence… I also really appreciated the opportunity to attend remotely, and I was impressed that the online workshops were very interactive and engaging!

Postgraduate student / MA Classics & History, School of Arts, Languages & Cultures

We’re ready to support you in 2022-2023. Our workshops cover the key skills you need to succeed – with various options for studying online.

Our academic writing workshops are specialised for each Faculty, with the aim of giving you the particular support you need to write successfully. We offer a total of eight workshops, conveniently grouped into blocks of four, and covering key topics such as writing with academic style, organising your ideas and explaining your position.

To complement these, we recommend our two blocks of four workshops on academic grammar, getting you up to speed with the finer points of sentence structure, emphasising ideas and dealing with uncertainty.

We believe that attending these workshops will make a significant contribution to your performance on your main study programme and help you achieve your full academic potential.

Please note: Enrolment for all ASP workshops is now open for workshops beginning week of 3 October (block 1). We plan to open enrolment for workshops beginning week 31 October (block 2) from 17 October.

Academic writing

These academic writing workshops are open to all Master’s and Undergraduate students.

PhD candidates please click here Workshops for PhD Candidates. 

Which School/Faculty am I in?

 

Faculty of Biology, Medicine & Health

Course outline Biology, Medicine & Health

All workshops are on campus unless “Online” is shown next to the workshop. Each block is a repeat of the original 4 workshops.

 

Substance and Style

- Tuesday, 2pm - 3:30pm (4 Oct, 11 Oct, 18 Oct, 25 Oct) - (Block 1) - Online

- Tuesday, 4pm - 5:30pm (4 Oct, 11 Oct, 18 Oct, 25 Oct) - (Block 1)

- Wednesday, 4pm - 5:30pm (5 Oct, 12 Oct, 19 Oct, 26 Oct) - (Block 1)

- Tuesday, 2pm - 3:30pm (1 Nov, 8 Nov, 15 Nov, 22 Nov) - (Block 2) - Online

- Tuesday, 4pm - 5:30pm (1 Nov, 8 Nov, 15 Nov, 22 Nov) - (Block 2)

- Wednesday, 4pm - 5:30pm (2 Nov, 9 Nov, 16 Nov, 23 Nov) - (Block 2)

Master’s students should enrol onto course unit UCAE97030 in My Manchester Course Unit Selector. 

Undergraduate students should enrol onto course unit UCAE91030 in My Manchester Course Unit Selector. 

Student Self-Service: Course Unit Selection

My Manchester Course Unit Selector

 

Text and Meaning

- Tuesday, 2pm - 3:30pm (4 Oct, 11 Oct, 18 Oct, 25 Oct) - (Block 1) - Online

- Wednesday, 2pm - 3:30pm (5 Oct, 12 Oct, 19 Oct, 26 Oct) - (Block 1)

- Thursday, 4pm - 5:30pm (6 Oct, 13 Oct, 20 Oct, 27 Oct) - (Block 1)

- Tuesday, 2pm - 3:30pm (1 Nov, 8 Nov, 15 Nov, 22 Nov) - (Block 2) - Online

- Wednesday, 2pm - 3:30pm (2 Nov, 9 Nov, 16 Nov, 23 Nov) - (Block 2)

- Thursday, 4pm - 5:30pm (3 Nov, 10 Nov, 17 Nov, 24 Nov) - (Block 2)

Master’s students should enrol onto course unit UCAE97040 in My Manchester Course Unit Selector. 

Undergraduate students should enrol onto course unit UCAE91040 in My Manchester Course Unit Selector. 

Student Self-Service: Course Unit Selection

My Manchester Course Unit Selector

 

Important:  

After you enrol, the workshops will not appear on your timetable until a few days before the workshop. Therefore, we suggest you make a note of the dates and times in your calendar.

Note that for online workshops, you will get the Zoom details once the workshops are added to your MyManchester timetable, which will be a few days before your first workshop.

Before your first workshop, you will need to self-enrol onto our Blackboard community Blackboard self enrolment and then complete any pre-workshop tasks before the workshop.

You will need to download the workshop handout from our Blackboard community and bring it to the workshop, either printed or on a device where you can edit documents (laptop or tablet).  We do not recommend using mobile phones for online or on-campus workshops as the screens are usually too small.

 

Faculty of Humanities

Course outline Humanities

For students in: Alliance Manchester Business School (AMBS) / School of Social Sciences (SoSS) / School of Arts, Languages and Cultures (SALC)

All workshops are on campus unless “Online” is shown next to the title. Each block is a repeat of the original 4 workshops.

 

Surface and Depth

- Tuesday, 4pm - 5:30pm (4 Oct, 11 Oct, 18 Oct, 25 Oct) - (Block 1)

- Wednesday, 4pm - 5:30pm (5 Oct, 12 Oct, 19 Oct, 26 Oct)  - (Block 1)

- Wednesday, 4pm - 5:30pm (5 Oct, 12 Oct, 19 Oct, 26 Oct)  - (Block 1) - Online

- Tuesday, 4pm - 5:30pm (1 Nov, 8 Nov, 15 Nov, 22 Nov) - (Block 2)

- Wednesday, 4pm - 5:30pm (2 Nov, 9 Nov, 16 Nov, 23 Nov) - (Block 2)

- Wednesday, 4pm - 5:30pm (2 Nov, 9 Nov, 16 Nov, 23 Nov) - (Block 2) - Online

Master’s students should enrol onto course unit UCAE97050 in My Manchester Course Unit Selector. 

Undergraduate students should enrol onto course unit UCAE91050 in My Manchester Course Unit Selector. 

Student Self-Service: Course Unit Selection

My Manchester Course Unit Selector

 

Making Meaning

- Wednesday, 2pm - 3:30pm (5 Oct, 12 Oct, 19 Oct, 26 Oct)  - (Block 1) 

- Wednesday, 2pm - 3:30pm (5 Oct, 12 Oct, 19 Oct, 26 Oct)  - (Block 1) - Online

- Thursday, 4pm - 5:30pm (6 Oct, 13 Oct, 20 Oct, 27 Oct) - (Block 1)

- Wednesday, 2pm - 3:30pm (2 Nov, 9 Nov, 16 Nov, 23 Nov) - (Block 2) - Online

- Wednesday, 2pm - 3:30pm (2 Nov, 9 Nov, 16 Nov, 23 Nov) - (Block 2)

- Thursday, 4pm - 5:30pm (3 Nov, 10 Nov, 17 Nov, 24 Nov) - (Block 2)

Master’s students should enrol onto course unit UCAE97060 in My Manchester Course Unit Selector. 

Undergraduate students should enrol onto course unit UCAE91060 in My Manchester Course Unit Selector. 

Student Self-Service: Course Unit Selection

My Manchester Course Unit Selector

 

Important: 

After you enrol, the workshops will not appear on your timetable until a few days before the workshop. Therefore, we suggest you make a note of the dates and times in your calendar.

Note that for online workshops, you will get the Zoom details once the workshops are added to your MyManchester timetable, which will be a few days before your first workshop.

Before your first workshop, you will need to self-enrol onto our Blackboard community Blackboard self enrolment and then complete any pre-workshop tasks before the workshop.

You will need to download the workshop handout from our Blackboard community and bring it to the workshop, either printed or on a device where you can edit documents (laptop or tablet).  We do not recommend using mobile phones for online or on-campus workshops as the screens are usually too small.

 

School of Environment, Education and Development (SEED)

Course outline SEED

All workshops are on campus unless “Online” is shown next to the title. Each block is a repeat of the original 4 workshops.

(Please read the important information at the bottom of this section before registering your interest)

 

Writing an assignment

- Wednesday, 4pm - 5:30pm (5 Oct, 12 Oct, 19 Oct, 26 Oct)  - (Block 1) 

- Thursday, 2pm - 3:30pm (6 Oct, 13 Oct, 20 Oct, 27 Oct) - (Block 1) - Online

- Thursday, 4pm - 5:30pm (6 Oct, 13 Oct, 20 Oct, 27 Oct) - (Block 1)

- Wednesday, 4pm - 5:30pm (2 Nov, 9 Nov, 16 Nov, 23 Nov) - (Block 2)

- Thursday, 2pm - 3:30pm (3 Nov, 10 Nov, 17 Nov, 24 Nov) - (Block 2) - Online

- Thursday, 4pm - 5:30pm (3 Nov, 10 Nov, 17 Nov, 24 Nov) - (Block 2)

Master’s students should enrol onto course unit UCAE97090 in My Manchester Course Unit Selector. 

Undergraduate students should enrol onto course unit UCAE91090 in My Manchester Course Unit Selector. 

Student Self-Service: Course Unit Selection

My Manchester Course Unit Selector

 

Expressing criticality in an assignment

- Wednesday, 4pm - 5:30pm (5 Oct, 12 Oct, 19 Oct, 26 Oct)  - (Block 1) 

- Thursday, 2pm - 3:30pm (6 Oct, 13 Oct, 20 Oct, 27 Oct) - (Block 1) - Online

- Thursday, 4pm - 5:30pm (6 Oct, 13 Oct, 20 Oct, 27 Oct) - (Block 1)

- Wednesday, 4pm - 5:30pm (2 Nov, 9 Nov, 16 Nov, 23 Nov) - (Block 2)

- Thursday, 2pm - 3:30pm (3 Nov, 10 Nov, 17 Nov, 24 Nov) - (Block 2) - Online

- Thursday, 4pm - 5:30pm (3 Nov, 10 Nov, 17 Nov, 24 Nov) - (Block 2)

Master’s students should enrol onto course unit UCAE97100 in My Manchester Course Unit Selector. 

Undergraduate students should enrol onto course unit UCAE91100 in My Manchester Course Unit Selector. 

Student Self-Service: Course Unit Selection

My Manchester Course Unit Selector

 

Important: 

After you enrol, the workshops will not appear on your timetable until a few days before the workshop. Therefore, we suggest you make a note of the dates and times in your calendar. The location of the workshop will be provided once the workshop has been added to your timetable.

Note that for online workshops, you will get the Zoom details once the workshops are added to your MyManchester timetable, which will be a few days before your first workshop.

Before your first workshop, you will need to self-enrol onto our Blackboard community Blackboard self enrolment and then complete any pre-workshop tasks before the workshop.

You will need to download the workshop handout from our Blackboard community and bring it to the workshop, either printed or on a device where you can edit documents (laptop or tablet).  We do not recommend using mobile phones for online or on-campus workshops as the screens are usually too small.

 

Faculty of Science & Engineering

Course outline Science & Engineering

All workshops are on campus unless “Online” is shown next to the title. Each block is a repeat of the original 4 workshops.

 

Substance and Style 

- Tuesday, 4pm - 5:30pm (4 Oct, 11 Oct, 18 Oct, 25 Oct) - (Block 1)

- Wednesday, 4pm - 5:30pm (5 Oct, 12 Oct, 19 Oct, 26 Oct) - (Block 1)

- Wednesday, 4pm - 5:30pm (5 Oct, 12 Oct, 19 Oct, 26 Oct) - (Block 1) - Online

- Tuesday, 4pm - 5:30pm (1 Nov, 8 Nov, 15 Nov, 22 Nov) - (Block 2)

- Wednesday, 4pm - 5:30pm (2 Nov, 9 Nov, 16 Nov, 23 Nov) - (Block 2)

- Wednesday, 4pm - 5:30pm (2 Nov, 9 Nov, 16 Nov, 23 Nov) - (Block 2) - Online

Master’s students should enrol onto course unit UCAE97070 in My Manchester Course Unit Selector. 

Undergraduate students should enrol onto course unit UCAE91070 in My Manchester Course Unit Selector. 

Student Self-Service: Course Unit Selection

My Manchester Course Unit Selector

 

Text and Meaning

- Wednesday, 2pm - 3:30pm (5 Oct, 12 Oct, 19 Oct, 26 Oct) - (Block 1)

- Thursday, 2pm - 3:30pm (6 Oct, 13 Oct, 20 Oct, 27 Oct) - (Block 1) - Online

- Thursday, 4pm - 5:30pm (6 Oct, 13 Oct, 20 Oct, 27 Oct) - (Block 1)

- Wednesday, 2pm - 3:30pm (2 Nov, 9 Nov, 16 Nov, 23 Nov) - (Block 2)

- Thursday, 2pm - 3:30pm (3 Nov, 10 Nov, 17 Nov, 24 Nov) - (Block 2) - Online

- Thursday, 4pm - 5:30pm (3 Nov, 10 Nov, 17 Nov, 24 Nov) - (Block 2)

Master’s students should enrol onto course unit UCAE97080 in My Manchester Course Unit Selector. 

Undergraduate students should enrol onto course unit UCAE91080 in My Manchester Course Unit Selector. 

Student Self-Service: Course Unit Selection

My Manchester Course Unit Selector

 

Important: 

After you enrol, the workshops will not appear on your timetable until a few days before the workshop. Therefore, we suggest you make a note of the dates and times in your calendar.

Note that for online workshops, you will get the Zoom details once the workshops are added to your MyManchester timetable, which will be a few days before your first workshop.

Before your first workshop, you will need to self-enrol onto our Blackboard community Blackboard self enrolment and then complete any pre-workshop tasks before the workshop.

You will need to download the workshop handout from our Blackboard community and bring it to the workshop, either printed or on a device where you can edit documents (laptop or tablet).  We do not recommend using mobile phones for online or on-campus workshops as the screens are usually too small.

Academic grammar

These academic grammar workshops are open to all Master’s and Undergraduate students.

PhD candidates please click here Workshops for PhD Candidates. 

Course outline grammar

All workshops are on campus unless “Online” is shown next to the title. Each block is a repeat of the original 4 workshops.

 

Sentence Fundamentals

- Tuesday, 2pm - 3:30pm (4 Oct, 11 Oct, 18 Oct, 25 Oct) - (Block 1) - Online

- Tuesday, 4pm - 5:30pm (4 Oct, 11 Oct, 18 Oct, 25 Oct) - (Block 1)

- Wednesday, 4pm - 5:30pm (5 Oct, 12 Oct, 19 Oct, 26 Oct) - (Block 1)

- Tuesday, 2pm - 3:30pm (1 Nov, 8 Nov, 15 Nov, 22 Nov) - (Block 2) - Online

- Tuesday, 4pm - 5:30pm (1 Nov, 8 Nov, 15 Nov, 22 Nov) - (Block 2)

- Wednesday, 4pm - 5:30pm (2 Nov, 9 Nov, 16 Nov, 23 Nov) - (Block 2)

Master’s students should enrol onto course unit UCAE97010 in My Manchester Course Unit Selector. 

Undergraduate students should enrol onto course unit UCAE91010 in My Manchester Course Unit Selector. 

Student Self-Service: Course Unit Selection

My Manchester Course Unit Selector

 

Colour and Shade

- Tuesday, 2pm - 3:30pm (4 Oct, 11 Oct, 18 Oct, 25 Oct) - (Block 1) - Online

- Wednesday, 2pm - 3:30pm (5 Oct, 12 Oct, 19 Oct, 26 Oct) - (Block 1)

- Thursday, 4pm - 5:30pm (6 Oct, 13 Oct, 20 Oct, 27 Oct) - (Block 1)

- Tuesday, 2pm - 3:30pm (1 Nov, 8 Nov, 15 Nov, 22 Nov) - (Block 2) - Online

- Wednesday, 2pm - 3:30pm (2 Nov, 9 Nov, 16 Nov, 23 Nov) - (Block 2)

- Thursday, 4pm - 5:30pm (3 Nov, 10 Nov, 17 Nov, 24 Nov) - (Block 2)

Master’s students should enrol onto course unit UCAE97020 in My Manchester Course Unit Selector. 

Undergraduate students should enrol onto course unit UCAE91020 in My Manchester Course Unit Selector. 

Student Self-Service: Course Unit Selection

My Manchester Course Unit Selector

 

Important:

After you enrol, the workshops will not appear on your timetable until a few days before the workshop. Therefore, we suggest you make a note of the dates and times in your calendar.

Note that for online workshops, you will get the Zoom details once the workshops are added to your MyManchester timetable, which will be a few days before your first workshop.

Before your first workshop, you will need to self-enrol onto our Blackboard community Blackboard self-enrolment and then complete any pre-workshop tasks before the workshop.

You will need to download the workshop handout from our Blackboard community and bring it to the workshop, either printed or on a device where you can edit documents (laptop or tablet).  We do not recommend using mobile phones for online or on-campus workshops as the screens are usually too small. 

Academic speaking

These academic speaking workshops are open to all Master’s and Undergraduate students.

PhD candidates please click here Workshops for PhD Candidates.

All workshops are on campus unless “Online” is shown next to the title. Each block is a repeat of the original 4 workshops.

 

Communicating at University

- Wednesday, 2pm - 3:30pm (5 Oct, 12 Oct, 19 Oct, 26 Oct) - (Block 1)

- Thursday, 4pm - 5:30pm (6 Oct, 13 Oct, 20 Oct, 27 Oct) - (Block 1)

- Wednesday, 2pm - 3:30pm (2 Nov, 9 Nov, 16 Nov, 23 Nov) - (Block 2)

- Thursday, 4pm - 5:30pm (3 Nov, 10 Nov, 17 Nov, 24 Nov) - (Block 2)

Master’s students should enrol onto course unit UCAE97120 in My Manchester Course Unit Selector. 

Undergraduate students should enrol onto course unit UCAE91120 in My Manchester Course Unit Selector. 

Student Self-Service: Course Unit Selection

My Manchester Course Unit Selector

 

Pronunciation and Flow

- Wednesday, 2pm - 3:30pm (5 Oct, 12 Oct, 19 Oct, 26 Oct)  - (Block 1) 

- Wednesday, 4pm - 5:30pm (5 Oct, 12 Oct, 19 Oct, 26 Oct)  - (Block 1)

- Wednesday, 2pm - 3:30pm (2 Nov, 9 Nov, 16 Nov, 23 Nov) - (Block 2)

- Wednesday, 4pm - 5:30pm (2 Nov, 9 Nov, 16 Nov, 23 Nov) - (Block 2)

Master’s students should enrol onto course unit UCAE97130 in My Manchester Course Unit Selector. 

Undergraduate students should enrol onto course unit UCAE91130 in My Manchester Course Unit Selector. 

Student Self-Service: Course Unit Selection

My Manchester Course Unit Selector

 

Important:  

After you enrol, the workshops will not appear on your timetable until a few days before the workshop. Therefore, we suggest you make a note of the dates and times in your calendar.

Note that for online workshops, you will get the Zoom details once the workshops are added to your MyManchester timetable, which will be a few days before your first workshop.

Before your first workshop, you will need to self-enrol onto our Blackboard community Blackboard self enrolment and then complete any pre-workshop tasks before the workshop.

You will need to download the workshop handout from our Blackboard community and bring it to the workshop, either printed or on a device where you can edit documents (laptop or tablet).  We do not recommend using mobile phones for online or on-campus workshops as the screens are usually too small.

Writing your dissertation

We will restart these workshops in Semester 2, meanwhile please do book onto one of our other Academic English workshops available in Semester 1.

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