Welcome to ‘Transition to Academic Writing’ resource

from English for Academic Study, University of Glasgow!

‘Academic language … is no one’s mother tongue’  (Bourdieu and Passeron, 1994: 8).

Writing in the university is ‘different’ and there are many types of academic writing.

This resource aims to help you make the transition to academic writing, that is the ways of writing at the University.

Explore the ‘Introduction to resource’ tab to learn about the resource and how to use it. This will help you make the most of the ‘Sample assignments’ section.

To learn more about the background to developing the resource, go to ‘About’ tab.

If you’d like to contact us, please use the web contact form.

If you’d like to share feedback on the resource, please complete this questionnaire.


Bourdieu, P. and Passeron, J-C. (1994) Introduction : Language and the relationship to language in the teaching situation. In Bourdieu, P., Passeron, J-C. and de Saint Martin, M. (Eds) Academic Discourse (pp1-34). Cambridge: Polity Press.


We would like to thank Learning and Teaching Centre at the University of Glasgow for funding the project.

We would also like to mention that the resource has been inspired by the JISC funded WISHEES project for writing in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) subject areas and we very much thank the Wishees team for their invaluable help in the initial stages of the project.