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Excellence in Engineering Writing

"This is like no other writing course I have ever attended. I expected a typical writing course, but you pitched the course at a native speaker level with model Engineering examples, and you are dedicated to helping us reach that top level, either as students or postdocs. I'd recommend these courses to anyone.  Everyone can learn so much! You help us get where we need to go to succeed."


Overview of writing support 

The writing courses, seminars, masterclasses and supervisions are geared specifically to Engineers and focus on achieving excellence in written communication.

The content is CUED-driven and supports participants in mastering Cambridge and international standards of performance, as well as in exceeding reviewer expectations when publishing.

The writing programme for 20-21 will be delivered online using a flipped classroom approach. Participants will receive links and particulars after registering:


Michaelmas 2020 Writing courses for CUED Research Students

The writing courses and seminars support Engineers in excelling in their writing. The focus is on aspects of writing that help to meet Cambridge standards and reviewer expectations: structure, logical flow, the effective development of ideas, accuracy and critical analysis.

At the end of each online course, each participant will have a virtual individual supervision to provide personalised guidance and writing tips.

BOOKINGS OPEN 28th September 2020:

  • New PhD and MRES students: course begins Monday 12th October 2020 - book here
  • PhD students (years 2-4): course begins Tuesday 13th October 2020 - book here
  • Postdocs: course begins Tuesday 13th October 2020 - book here


Sign up for the courses requires commitment to the full course which consists of 4 sessions and 1 individual end-of-course virtual supervision.


Lent 2021 Writing masterclasses for CUED Research Students

The Lent term series of online masterclasses aims to assist CUED Research students in refining key areas of their writing:

BOOKINGS OPEN 30th November 2020:

  • Avoiding common errors in academic writing: Monday 25 January 2021 - book here
  • Exploiting journal articles to improve writing quality: Monday 1st February 2021 - book here
  • Self-editing skills: Monday 8th February 2021 - book here
  • Review of the tenets of academic writing for Engineers: Monday 15th February 2021 - book here
  • Writing for blogs: Monday 22nd February 2021 - book here


If you sign up but cannot attend, please remove your name from the list in advance. 


Writing seminars for CUED Postdocs

The online writing seminar series for postdocs focuses on perfecting papers for publishing and consists of 4 workshops followed by 1 individual virtual supervision.

  • Michaelmas term: course begins Tuesday 13th October 2020 - book here
  • Lent term: course begins Tuesday 26th January 2021 - book here


Sign up for the courses requires commitment to the full course which consists of 4 sessions and 1 individual end-of-course virtual supervision.


Writing support for Part IIA & Part IIB students

The CUED Centre for Languages and Inter-Communication is happy to assist undergraduates with report writing.

If you are interested in an individual review of your project reports and comments on language, structure and style, please email .


Research & Information skills

The Engineering Library provides online Research & Information skills support on:

  • Finding what you need
  • Managing your data
  • Managing your online profile
  • Publishing in Journals
  • Designing Conference Posters
  • Being an ethical researcher

Information skills supervisions are also available in the Engineering Library for individual support.

More information can be found on their Information skills page.

To find out how the Engineering Library can support your research visit the Libguide.