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Dissertation Week at Stirling: 7-11 March

Information Services and Student Learning Services offer support to students at every stage of your dissertation. During #StirDisserationWeek we will be highlighting the support and resources available to you.  

Student Learning Services Support 

Student Learning Services (SLS) are available for email and virtual tutorials. If you have any questions about the structure, writing, referencing, or editing of your dissertation please do get in touch via email at sls@stir.ac.uk to book a slot. 

SLS also offer a range of helpful workshops as part of the Stirling Essentials Study Skills programme. Visit the Stirling Essentials Student Skills SharePoint site to see what’s on and to book a place.  

See the Dissertation Section in the Student Learning Services module in Canvas for tips on structure, proofreading, and editing techniques.  

Library and IT Support  

Finding Resources 

Struggling to find articles and books on your dissertation topic? Our Librarians are here to help you find resources for your dissertation research. You can also request an appointment with your Librarian

Sometimes the library will not have all the materials that you need for your dissertation. You should still be able to access everything you need by using our ArticleRequest and the Document Delivery Service

Shut Up and Write 

Get your writing done with our Shut up and Write events. For those new to the idea, Shut Up and Write is a global movement that aims to get people to show up and focus on their writing, whatever that happens to be. The idea is that by coming together with others we can work ‘alone together’ and draw on the motivation that comes from the collective energy of lots of people committing to work intensely for a dedicated time.  

Shut Up and Write sessions are available to 4th dissertation students and offer a dedicated space in the PGR Zone on level 3 in the library. Book a place at one of our Shut Up and Write sessions

Referencing  

See our guides on referencing and referencing software in UniDesk Self Service. We also offer a range of helpful workshops on referencing as part of the Stirling Essentials Study Skills programme. Visit the Stirling Essentials Student Skills SharePoint site to see what’s on and to book a place

Word Formatting your Dissertation  

Dreading the Word formatting part of your dissertation? See our FAQ which includes help, training, and a template document to drop your text into. Download a pre-formatted Word template for your dissertation. 

We are also running dissertation support sessions for students looking for help formatting their dissertations in Word.  

Date Time Book a place 
Tuesday 8 March 10-11am Book now 
Wednesday 9 March 10-11am  Book now 
Wednesday 10 March 10-11am Book now 

If you are having problems formatting your dissertation you can request dissertation formatting support. To book an appointment, please fill in the request dissertation formatting support form with as much detail as possible. If you have a document you are working on, upload a copy so we can have a look before your appointment time.  If your issue is a simple one, we may fix it for you and send your document back to you rather than have a meeting. 

All meetings between our Librarians and IT advisors will take place via Microsoft Teams

Printing and Binding your Dissertation 

If you are required to submit a hard copy of your dissertation (please double-check with your department first) you will be required to print on a higher quality dissertation paper. We have two student printers, located in the Cottrell print suite 2A18, loaded with higher quality paper for printing dissertations.  

For more information on how to send your dissertation to these printers and details on the cost please see our section on printing your dissertation in UniDesk Self Service.  

Graphics and Print Services also offer a dissertation (soft) binding service. See our section on binding your dissertation in UniDesk Self Service for all the details.  

Don’t forget to have a look at our dissertation support pages in UniDesk Self Service for all things dissertation-related and keep an eye on #StirDissertationWeek on Twitter and Instagram.  

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