Writing Advice from a Royal Literary Fund Fellow

RLF fellows are professional writers placed in universities throughout the UK to advise students on their academic writing.

Undergraduate and postgraduate taught students in any College can make an appointment with either Fellow to talk about their academic writing and editing.

We are privileged to have two RLF Fellows working with us here in LEADS: Amber Dodd and Dilys Rose.

A free, confidential service to help you improve your writing skills

The Royal Literary Fund Writing Fellow is a professional, published author whose role is to help you strengthen your writing. 

Sessions are for 50 minutes and take place on campus on Tuesdays and Wednesdays with Amber Dodd, and on Thursdays on campus and Fridays online with Dilys Rose, during term-time.

Please note that RLF Writing Fellows do not undertake proofreading or EAP tuition. The service is not suitable for students who require specialised English language help (e.g. TEFL, EAP) who should seek help from the university.

It’s best to visit the Writing Fellow some way ahead of a deadline, so you have time to apply any advice you might receive.

You may see a Writing Fellow as many times as you need, but only make one appointment at a time.


Please note that this service is only available to students currently living in the UK.

Dilys Rose

Alongside my own writing  – fiction, poetry and occasional essays and reviews –  I taught creative writing, and some literature courses, at postgraduate level for nearly twenty years at the Universities of Glasgow, Strathclyde and Edinburgh.

I can help with many aspects of writing, including:

  • how to approach an essay/dissertation topic
  • planning and structuring your research and writing
  • time management (life/study and research/writing balance)
  • how to introduce, develop and conclude an argument
  • quotation and referencing
  • expressing yourself clearly and effectively
  • shaping sentences and paragraphs
  • how to tackle a first draft
  • redrafting for sense, style and concision


Please note that my remit doesn’t include proof-reading or copy-editing. 

While it’s easier to advise on what you’ve already written, feel free get in touch if you’re seriously stuck with putting words on the page.

Sessions are one-to-one and confidential and can be booked by e-mail.  

Amber Dodd

I am the author of three critically acclaimed children’s novels. The most recent of which, The Thirteenth Home of Noah Bradley, has been translated into multiple languages. My short fiction has been published around the world and broadcast on BBC Radio 4. I have taught creative writing on the Oxford Prep programme and as a guest lecturer at the University of Chichester. I have also run creative writing classes across the UK and internationally.

I can help with many aspects of the writing process, including:

  • How to construct and write a persuasive essay
  • Discussing or framing an essay question
  • Creating your key argument
  • Structuring and planning your work
  • Revising and editing
  • Sentence structure and syntax
  • How to write for clarity and flow
  • Implementing references and footnotes


Please note, RFL Fellows do not spell-check or proofread work.

Whilst it is best to work on essays already in progress, we can discuss a starting point if you are really stuck.

Sessions are one-to-one and confidential. They can be booked by e-mail.