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Style of writing (Open Learning)

Style of academic writing : Objectives and Overview

These pages aim to introduce you to suitable writing styles at University.Image of person writing in notebook in front of a laptop 

Academic writing needs to be measured. By this we mean that it’s cautious, emotionally neutral, inclusive and formal, so written in the third person.

By the time you have completed this tutorial you should be able to:

  • write in a more formal, academic style
  • know where to get some help with academic phrases


This guide will help you with techniques for writing in an academic style

Alternative formats

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Time allowance

This tutorial should take 15 mins to complete.