Writing Centre now centrally at Sankt Augustin Campus

Monday 16 May 2022
The new premises of the Writing Centre have opened on the Sankt Augustin campus. Gabriele Menne-El.Sawy and Jill Yates-Wolff are now available for individual consultations in room A102.2 next to the library entrance. "With the new room, which is easily recognisable from the outside, we achieve even greater visibility within the university. If students need support with their texts relevant to their studies, they can come by during our office hours, gladly with a first draft of the text," says Gabriele Menne-El.Sawy.
Eine Personengruppe steht vor dem Schreibzentrum am Campus Sankt Augustin.
Chancellor Angela Fischer, Deputy Head of the Language Centre Daniel Seibert, Gabriele Menne-El.Sawy, Vice President Marco Winzker, Jill Yates-Wolff and Head of the Language Centre Jeannette Bergmann (from left) at the opening. Photo: Pascal Kimmich

With its services in German and English, the Language Centre offers students from all faculties help with all aspects of writing. In workshops and personal consultations, the staff teach basic techniques for writing various types of texts and help with specific problems, such as writing a term paper or thesis. In addition to grammar, spelling and text structure, the focus is also on learning scientific working techniques.

"As a university of applied sciences, we have a very diverse student body. Not all of them come from an academic home and already have experience with academic writing. Through the offerings of the Writing Centre, we can address individual difficulties and make our teaching even more equal in terms of opportunity," says Marco Winzker, Vice President for Teaching, Learning and Further Education at the university.

In addition, students can be trained as tutors to support lecturers in their teaching. Already 77 students have taken up this offer since its launch in 2017.

The writing centre was launched in the winter semester 2011/12 as part of the Pro-MINT-us project and was initially only aimed at first-year students. Due to increasing demand, all students have been able to benefit from this offer since 2017.

"A consistently high level of demand for consultations across all departments as well as the good utilisation of the workshops shows us that the services offered by the Writing Centre meet the needs of students," says Jeannette Bergmann, head of the Language Centre. With the new premises and more students on campus after the end of the Corona measures, those responsible expect the services to be used even more frequently in the future and are preparing to increase staffing.

During the lecture period, the Writing Centre offers an open consultation hour:
German: Mondays, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.
English: Thursdays, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.
English (Rheinbach): Wednesdays, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m., Building L, Room 1.406 (Egermannstr. 1)
In addition, individual appointments can be made with Ms Yates-Wolff (English) and Ms Menne-El.Sawy (German).