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Dissertation and Thesis Clinics in July & August 2022

By Louise Pollock, on 9 June 2022


Need help with your dissertation or thesis?

Digital Skills Development and Library Skills are running six weekly dissertation and thesis clinics throughout July and August. There is no need to book, just turn up. Staff can help with formatting your dissertation, using statistical software and bibliographic referencing using Word, LaTeX, SPSS, R, NatBib, Endnote, Mendeley and Zotero.


The clinics will take place on the following dates/times*:

13th July from 14:00-16:00
19th July from 10:00-12:00
27th July from 14:00-16:00
2nd August from 10:00-12:00
10th August from 14:00-16:00
16th August from 10:00-12:00

*Please note that if we have to cancel any sessions due to unforeseen circumstances we will update the details on our Moodle course so please check on the day before travelling/joining.

What to expect

Staff are able to help with a wide range of software but we can’t promise that we will be able to answer every question and support is on a ‘best efforts’ basis. We can respond to specific queries or guide you as to which software to use but we can’t provide individual training on how to use the software.  If you need training you will be directed to self-paced materials or scheduled courses.

We cannot provide answers to and support for academic questions, only for digital skills.  If you don’t know for example what statistical method you should be using, we cannot help you.

Please note that our usual Drop in terms and conditions apply so please check these for full details.

How to access

Our clinics will be held remotely via Moodle using Microsoft Teams (MS Teams) and we are delighted to also offer support on campus in room 501 (5th floor)  Institute of Archaeology. So you have the choice to either join the session remotely or in person at the same date and time. For more information on upcoming dates/times and access to the MS Teams session, please enrol on our ISD Digital Skills Development Moodle course and visit the ‘Dissertation and Thesis Clinics – July/August 2022’ section. 

Additional resources

Library Services have developed a useful guide to resources and support for undertaking dissertations or research projects which covers all stages of the research process.

6 Responses to “Dissertation and Thesis Clinics in July & August 2022”

  • 1
    Mollie Riley wrote on 1 July 2022:

    How do I sign up to the 13th? I have just started my introduction and very new to PhD life so thought it may be useful as I have some, dare i say it quiet time!
    I would like to attend via MS Teams.

  • 2
    Louise Pollock wrote on 19 July 2022:

    Hi Mollie,
    Thanks for your query- you don’t need to book on just turn up online or in person. Please see our moodle course page for more details.

  • 3
    Mark Boylan wrote on 5 July 2022:

    I intend to attend physically on Tuesday 19th at 10:00
    In my mid seventies, I am the oldest student on my Masters degree. Consequently the least tech-aware, so this clinic could be most helpful. My subject is non scientific, in the realm of politics and international relations and I am writing my dissertation in Word, as the program is familiar to me. Is there an approach or a program you would advise a candidate like me to use? Would this be the best forum for me to address these issues?
    Best regards

  • 4
    Louise Pollock wrote on 6 July 2022:

    Hi there Mark, thanks for your comments. We’ll see you there on the 19th July. I’ve flagged your comments to the trainer in the meantime. You may like to try out LinkedIn learning for word courses- free at the moment for UCL staff https://www.ucl.ac.uk/isd/linkedin-learning They have some great MS Word courses if you’d like to learn it in more detail.

  • 5
    Mark Boylan wrote on 19 July 2022:

    Have decided not to attend physically give heat problems. How do I log into teams?

  • 6
    Louise Pollock wrote on 19 July 2022:

    Hi there Mark, the access to the teams link is via our moodle course page. I’ve emailed you some info in the meantime.

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