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What is the Academic Writing Centre?

The Academic Writing Centre (AWC) is part of the School of Foreign Languages. Now in its thirteenth year, its purpose is to assist graduate students (Masters and Doctorate students) and academic staff (Faculty staff and Research Assistants) from all departments of the university with academic writing.

AWC services

The AWC provides proof-reading and editing support. The AWC can help writers produce text in a more formal, condensed style of English that is typical of academic writing across the disciplines.

The AWC can help with the following:

Theses (at the advisor’s discretion)


  • abstracts
  • journal articles
  • seminar and conference papers
  • book chapters

Academic applications

  • job application letters
  • resumes / CVs
  • business correspondence
  • letters of purpose / letters of intent

Publicity and correspondence

  • university conference announcements                               
  • publicity material for the university                                                                              
  • correspondence on university business

How the Centre works

The advisor prefers to work with hard copies of academic papers. These can be emailed and printed in the centre. Clients bringing hard copies to the centre are requested to print their documents double-spaced, font size 12. When completed, the client is informed and can pick up the revised paper from the Centre. The advisor is usually available to discuss any changes made, if requested. Working directly on electronic text is possible for short documents, e.g. abstracts, announcements.

Please note that the centre has only one advisor, and it is not always possible to do editing work at short notice. Unless the document is very short, at least two days’ notice is usually required. However, the advisor is happy to answer brief questions regarding style, grammar, and vocabulary at any time, either in person or by email.

Contacting the AWC

The AWC is generally open between 9 am and 5 pm on weekdays throughout the year. However, due to teaching commitments, the advisor is not always present in term time. The centre is usually closed during August.

Clients are welcome to email, call or visit the centre:

Advisor: Simon Mumford

Contact details:

  • Email: simon.mumford@ieu.edu.tr
  • Telephone:  Extension 8544
  • Location:  -1 floor, A Block (next to the Chinese Culture Centre).