Writing Matters Report

Report on Student Writing in Higher Education
Co-edited by Stevie Davies, David Swinburne and Gweno Williams

Key recommendations suggested all universities should:

  • Formulate and implement a Writing Development Policy as part of their Learning and Teaching Strategy.
  • Offer a range of Writing Development provisions to advance student writing skills at all levels.
  • Supply clear guidance for students on all aspects of academic writing and conventions within disciplines.
  • Provide explicit feedback on written assignments;
    correct and effective writing should be an integral part of assessment.
  • Pursue a developmental approach:
    some students may need remedial help; all students can improve their writing skills.
  • Give credits for successful completion of Writing Development Courses.
  • Introduce a diagnostic writing exercise on entry to HE to identify for each student which areas of their writing need attention.
  • Establish Writing Development Centres to provide institution-wide training, expertise and resources.

First published in March 2006.

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