Research Writing Consultations

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Research Writing Booking InfographicResearch Capacity Development offers a free Writing Consultation Service available to Honours and Master’s students, PhD candidates and academic staff members.

Our three RCD writing consultants are:

Dr Delia Layton is available for online consultations for the following faculties:

  • Faculty of Humanities
  • Faculty of Law
  • Faculty of Art Design and Architecture
  • Faculty of Education

Professor Vincent Gray is available for online consultations for the following faculties:

  • Faculty of Science
  • Faculty of Health of Sciences
  • Faculty of Engineering and the Built Environment
  • College of Business and Economics

On-site consultations will be available from 1 February across all faculties and the schools.

Note your consultation session will take place on-site at the Postgraduate School, Akanya Building, APK Campus or remotely.

During the 60-minute consultation, the consultant will walk you through your piece of writing and give you pointers about how to improve in whatever area of writing you are concerned with. These can include clarity, grammar, argument, coherence, structure and writer’s voice. Please note that this is not an editing service, nor is it available for coursework essays.

Should you wish to contact the consultants before making an appointment you can email them on: Dr Layton at, Prof Gray at

The PGS and RCD adhere to strict Covid-19 protocols, therefore we cannot allow any walk-ins without a booking.

To book an appointment visit or email