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Unit for Academic Language- ASK

The Unit for Academic Language (ASK) takes an active role in national and international networks, conferences, exchange projects and collaborations. Networking and collaborating with ASK offers the opportunity to exchange experience and expertise in a professional partnership. Writing centres, faculty members, writing fellows, peer tutors and others who are interested in collaborating with the unit are very welcome to contact us.

The Unit for Academic Language is a support unit for all University of Gothenburg students and staff in the area of academic language and writing development. We offer a number of services including individual and group advising sessions and workshops in Swedish and English for students and staff, as well as higher education development initiatives to enhance writing based teaching in academic and scientific areas. ASK and its staff members take active roles in national and international networks, conferences, exchange projects and collaborations.

All in-house services are non-commercial and designed to serve students, faculty, and administrative university staff. The unit frequently teams up with many other university actors including the University Library and the Unit for Pedagogical Development and Interactive Learning (PIL).

ASK takes an active role in national and international networks, conferences, exchange projects and collaborations. Networking and collaborating with ASK offers the opportunity to exchange experience and expertise in a professional partnership. Writing centres, faculty members, writing fellows, peer tutors and others who are interested in collaborating with the unit are very welcome to contact us.

Ongoing collaborations

Language and writing development in Swedish higher education: an inter-university workshop series for unit staff developed and to be carried out together with three other Swedish universities. Södertörn University, University of  Stockholm and Uppsala University (2021-2022).

Networks for Academic Writing Development

European Writing Centers Association (EWCA) 

International Writing Centers Association (IWCA)

European Association for the Teaching of Academic Writing (EATAW) 

Nätverket för studie- och språkverkstäder [The Swedish Network for Language and Study Support units]: ASK is to host the national network meeting in November 2021.

Previous collaborations

Exchange with Queen Mary University of London: a professional exchange between the Unit for Academic Language (ASK) at the University of Gothenburg and Learning Development at Queen Mary University of London. The exchange began in 2017 with a visit by the then director of Learning Development, Kelly Peake, who introduced a model for reading and writing retreats. The following year, language advisors from ASK visited Queen Mary University of London and had the opportunity to follow Peake and her colleagues in their work. Today, reading and writing retreats are an established and appreciated part of the services at ASK which continue to be inspired by the model as well as develop it.

(Publication in progress, Journal of Academic writing)

The Writing Centre Exchange Project: a research and exchange collaboration among three Europena university writing centres focusing on organisational perspectives on writing centre work. The project was partly funded by the EU COST Action 15221 WeReLaTe, Advancing effective institutional models towards cohesive teaching, learning, research and writing development. This COST action “addresses the challenge of creating synergy among the increasingly more specialised and centralised supports for four key higher education activities − research, writing, teaching and learning”. The WCEP resulted in the exchange of expertise, language advising strategies and staff development.  (Ref: Girgensohn, K.,  Eriksson, A-M., O’Sullivan, I., and Henry, G.. (forthcoming) “A cross‐national view on the organisational perspective of writing centre work: the Writing Centre Exchange Project (WCEP)”. Journal of Academic Writing).

Academic Writing at Other Universities

The Language Workshop, Uppsala University

Academic Writing Service, Stockholm University

Study Support Unit, Södertörn University