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Academic Writing Centre: Introduction

AWC Summer Help

Yop, we are here too and not at the beach. If you are working on a repeat project or a dissertation, we would love to help you. We are here until 9 August.

If you'd like a one-on-one appointment, email

If you have a quick writing related question, tag us on Twitter (@AwcNuig) or send an email.


AWC in Brief

Our mission is to help students to become better writers. We provide one-on-one tutorials on essay writing. These are free and available to everyone, regardless of level of experience or grade average. 

We also support student writing through workshops, modules, and competitions. 

The AWC is located on Floor 2, in the James Hardiman Library.

Opening Hours

The AWC is currently closed. We will be back on 1 October 

From 1 October , the AWC is open at the following times:

Monday: 11-1 am and 6 pm - 8 pm

Tuesday: 11 am-1 pm & 6 pm -8 pm

Wednesday: 11 am-1 pm & 6 pm - 8 pm

Thursday: 11 am-1 pm & 6 pm - 8 pm

Thursday: 4-6 pm (priority will be given to Access students during this time)

Friday: 11 am - 1 pm


Support in Irish is generally available on Monday and Tuesday (18:00-20:00).

Bíonn seirbhís Ghaeilge ar fail Dé Luain (18.00-20.00) agus Dé Máirt (18.00-20.00).

What We Do

We offer help in the following areas: 

  • Brainstorming your essay topic and outline
  • Structuring an argument
  • Developing your thesis statement
  • Improving sentence structure and punctuation
  • Avoiding plagiarism
  • Using secondary sources
  • Editing and proofreading techniques

What We Don't Do

  • We do not do the work for you, but support you in becoming a better writer. 
  • We do not work as proofreaders, but we can teach you to proofread your work.
  • We do not assess essays or comment on the grades they received.
  • We do not judge anyone for any writing issues.


Who Can Help

Contact the manager of the AWC, Dr Ira Ruppo . 


During term time, you can drop into the AWC between the hours 11-1 and 6-8 every day except Friday nights and weekends.