Lectures and Workshops



Free lectures and workshops are available on core academic skills to help you meet the challenges of studying at Royal Holloway.


Autumn Term Lectures (no booking required)

Come along to our free, informal, and lively talks on core academic skills with opportunities to learn from first class work and ask questions.


Stepping Up: Academic Writing at University

Thursday 26 Sept. 2-3 pm in Windsor Auditorium

Thursday 3 Oct. 11-12 pm in Bourne LT 2

Academic writing is one of the biggest challenges when making the transition to university so why not get a head-start by attending this lecture by one of our writing specialists? Get top tips on how to succeed in your writing, examine exemplar essays and learn about using sources and appropriate register.


Academic Honesty

Thursday 10 Oct. 11-12 pm in Horton LT1 

After considering what plagiarism is and how it’s detected we focus on exploring strategies you can use to improve your writing and research while avoiding accidental plagiarism.


Academic Writing Style

Thursday 17 Oct. 11-12 pm in Horton LT1 

In this lecture we will identify the key ingredients of a good academic writing style by examining  a range of example texts and discussing the advice of writers known for their prose style.


Autumn Term Workshops (no booking required)

Our workshops are open to all undergraduate and postgraduate taught students, free of charge. They are either one or two hours long and take place on different dates throughout the term. Please see below for exact dates and times.

Please note:

  • The size of the workshops vary, but there could be up to 20 students in a session.
  • You can earn Passport Points for attending our workshops.
  • In order to minimise paper waste, many of our materials are now online. Could you therefore please bring a laptop or tablet to the session? Thank you.


Essay Writing Essentials 1 - Planning Your Essay

Tues 1 Oct. 10-12 pm in Founders West 101

Monday 28 Oct. 11-1 pm in Wolfson 351

Our apologies to those who came to the workshop on 14 October. Due to unexpected staff absence,  we were unable to deliver the session. However, we have rescheduled it for Monday 28 October, at 11am, in Wolfson-351. You can also find the slides for the workshop here.

This workshop explores the principle components of an academic essay and how university essays differ from those encountered at school or college. Learn about how to decipher the assignment question/task, what you need to do and how to structure and write an effective essay that will maximise your chances of top marks.


Essay Writing Essentials 2 - Effective Paragraphing and Integrating Evidence

Friday 4 Oct. 11-1 pm in Founders West 101

Monday 21 Oct. 11-1 pm in Wolfson 351

In this interactive workshop you will gain insights into how to direct an argument in your writing and how to embed your sources into paragraphs before having a go at transforming samples of your own work. The workshop will consider how to write effective, compelling topic sentences before exploring and practicing effective ways of using, synthesizing and paraphrasing so that you support your points and gain excellent marks.


Essay Writing Essentials 3: Creating an Argument and Articulating Your 'Voice'

Wednesday 20 Nov. 11-1 pm in Windsor 002

Friday 22 Nov 11-1 pm in FW101

Develop your essay writing skills by learning how to show critical thinking, and analysis and evaluation in your writing, establish an academic 'voice' and construct a well-supported argument that will impress your markers.



  • We’re here to help. Send an email to cedas@rhul.ac.uk and a member of the team will get back to you. Or why not come and see us in person? We’re located in Founders West 141.


How to find CeDAS

For all enquiries about our Academic Skills Programme, please go to our Helpdesk in Founders West 141. You will find directions here