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Helping students develop the skills they need to succeed through interactive taught sessions

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Throughout the year, we host workshops and events for students on various aspects of academic skills. Workshops take place online via Blackboard Collaborate 

Why go to a workshop? 

  • Learn new skills 
  • Follow up academic skills you are curious about 
  • Practice academic skills in an interactive environment 
  • Get feedback from peers and tutors 

Coming up


Master's Dissertation Support Workshop

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Writing a Master’s dissertation is a challenging task. For many students, it is the largest piece of research ever undertaken.

We run this series of workshops to support, coach and guide Queen Mary Master’s students on the dissertation journey.

This year, we're running the workshop series twice — once in the spring term and again in the summer — so you can attend whenever your submission date is.

Master's Dissertation Support Workshop Series, Summer 2021

Workshops take place on QMPlus. You can register for the first session now and, once registered, you'll receive weekly updates with workshop recordings and resources to help you between workshops.

  • Getting started — Wednesday 16th June — 1pm
  • Research questions and dissertation structure — Wednesday 23rd June — 1pm*
  • Reading into writing: Reviewing your literature — Wednesday 30th June — 1pm
  • Critical thinking: the discussion — Wednesday 7th July — 1pm*
  • Academic integrity, citation and referencing — Wednesday 14th July — 1pm
  • Finishing your dissertation: Editing and proofreading — Wednesday 21st July — 1pm*

*Includes Shut Up and Write session following the workshop.

Shut Up and Write!

Research shows that writing with others helps you to focus. So in addition to the workshops, we'll be running regular "Shut Up and Write!" sessions: 45 minutes of dedicated writing time.

These will include:

  • 45 minutes dedicated writing time
  • Peer and tutor feedback on students' work 
  • Q&A with Academic Skills tutors

What are your hopes for your dissertation?

Answer these quick questions about your expectations for the dissertation and what you'd like us focus on in the series.

Study Well workshops: In collaboration with Queen Mary's Students' Union

English Language Support As part of QMSU's extended Study Well campaign, we're hosting a series of workshops which support student wellbeing through the development of valuable academic skills.

The themes of the workshops were chosen to reflect the specific challenges faced by students this academic year, based on dialogue with the Students' Union.

The content of the sessions has been co-created by Queen Mary students and Academic Skills Enhancement tutors. The student volunteers have taken the lead in developing the workshops based their own experiences of studying during the pandemic — and on those of their peers.

Watch the recordings

You can watch recordings of the first two workshops here.

Study Well Workshop 1: Adapting to Online Study 

Study Well Workshop 2: Studying at Home -vs- Studying on Campus

Future sessions

More workshops and resources will be announced on this page in the new year.

If you have any questions about the workshops, please contact us at


Reach! University Transition Workshops, Autumn 2020-21

In the first term of the 2020-21 academic year, we developed and delivered a series of workshops to support new students making the transition to university. Across eight interactive sessions, we covered topics including Academic Culture and Integrity, Reflection and Feedback, and Critical Thinking.

The sessions were well-attended by students from a broad range of academic backgrounds and received positive feedback.

We also delivered an adapted version of the series to our first-year students based at Northwestern Polytechnical University (NPU) in Xi'an, China.

Our Reach! workshop series in figures

378students attended one or more session

25representing twenty-five schools and departments across the college

170attended dedicated sessions for NPU in China

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