Appointments with a Learning Adviser

You can book a 45-minute one-to-one appointment with a Learning Adviser to look at a range of issues, including:

  • structuring and clarifying your written ideas and arguments

  • delivering effective presentations
  • undertaking literature reviews and dissertations
  • time management and effective study techniques

The appointment can be one-to-one, or for a group of up to six students.

Please note: this is not a proof-reading service and we do not provide subject tuition.

Booking an appointment

Appointments take place at Cavendish, Marylebone and Harrow. You can book an appointment up to two weeks in advance.

To book an appointment, please visit Engage.

Need to cancel an appointment?

Bookings can be cancelled via your ‘dashboard’ in Engage.

Contact our learning advisers at [email protected].

Appointments with Royal Literary Fund Fellows

The Royal Literary Fund Fellows are available to help you plan, organise and produce your writing work. Their services are provided by the Royal Literary Fund, a charity that aims to help students improve their writing skills, and are confidential, free, and independent of the University. Please note that the Fellows do not offer proofreading or grammar advice, and you may book only one appointment at a time with any of the Fellows.


Leigh Russell 

Leigh is a well-known crime fiction writer whose books have sold more than a million copies. Her novels include the popular Geraldine Steel series set in England, and the Lucy Hall series set in the Seychelles, Paris and Rome.

Leigh Russell is here to offer you advice and support with your academic writing. You can book a 40-minute support session with Leigh on Tuesday between 10am and 4pm.

Book an appointment with Leigh

Julian Sayarer

Julian Sayarer is the author of five books written at the roadsides of the world. His debut book, Life Cycles,  told the story of his world record for a circumnavigation of the globe by bicycle, and he is a past winner of the Stanford Dolman Award for Interstate, the story of a hitchhiked journey across the United States. Before becoming a full-time writer, he worked as a bicycle courier in the city of London, but has also done work as a teacher of creative writing and in journalism.

As an RLF fellow, he is excited to bring this breadth of experience, in different written disciplines, to help students better understand and improve their own writing.

Book an appointment with Julian


Caroline Brothers

Caroline is a successful novelist, nonfiction writer and journalist who worked as a foreign correspondent for Reuters and the New York Times before her career in fiction. She is the author of The Memory Stones, about the stolen children of Argentina, and Hinterland, her prize-winning first novel about Afghan kids on the road. Translated into number of languages, it is now touring internationally in a stage version called Flight that was described by the New Yorker as “profoundly imaginative ... unforgettable”. She is also the author of War and Photography.

Caroline is on campus twice a week to help you get to grips with essay and dissertation-writing. Where to begin? How to order your thoughts? How to build an argument, reference correctly, and above all, how to make your essay sing? This is what Caroline is here for, helping you to plan, organise and produce the essay that will allow your skills to shine. You can book a 45-minute consultation with Caroline on Wednesdays or Thursdays from 10am until 4pm.

Sessions take place in Library Training Room 2, at the Cavendish Library.

Book an appointment with Caroline


Ali Knight 

Ali Knight is a novelist and national newspaper journalist. Her four standalone crime novels include Wink Murder, published in 11 languages and turned into a television script, and The First Cut, which the Telegraph called "one of the top ten crime novels to take on holiday". Her latest novel, The Silent Ones, was called "fiendishly clever" by the Daily Mail.

Ali Knight provides academic and writing advice on improving your writing and expressive skills. She helps with any aspect of your essay writing such as: how to create compelling titles and sparkling introductions how to make your work flow better; what to do if you can't seem to begin at all; how to write an essay plan; how to reference and keep the flow of your argument; and how to put your collection of notes in the best order. You can book a 50-minute session with Ali on Mondays and Wednesdays from 10am until 4pm.

Sessions take place in Room 9, First Floor, Marylebone Library.

Book an appointment with Ali

Appointments with Specialist Study Skills Adviser at Harrow

Rosey Briggs McCracken

The specialist Media, Arts and Design Study Skills Adviser, Rosey Briggs McCracken, works with those students who have additional study support needs such as dyslexia. Rosey also works with students who are returning to studies later in life or who may have difficulties with the fundamentals of academic writing and study skills techniques.

Rosey offers one-to-one appointments in Library Meeting Room 2 on Mondays between 10am and 5pm and you can call her on extension 68264.

Book an appointment with Rosey