MUT opens a Writing Centre to strengthen academic support to staff and students

Writing Centre staff, from left, Ntuthuko Mhlongo, Dr Bryant and Tshepang

Mangosuthu University of Technology (MUT) has opened a Writing Centre to empower both staff and students with academic writing skills. This latest move further solidifies the foundation for academic success for both groups.  The Writing Centre opened its doors at a time when universities are devising various strategies to support teaching and learning in order to save the academic year and save lives.

Dr Katie Bryant, Coordinator at the Writing Centre, said that the Centre would provide very essential academic writing skills. “The Centre will provide the following services: assistance with assignments, lab reports, essays, annotated bibliography writing, research proposal writing, and   support with understanding issues of academic integrity and referencing,” said Dr Bryant.

Dr Bryant, who is also an Adjunct Research Professor from Carleton University in Ottawa, Canada, said the goal of the Writing Centre is to continue to build a strong academic and research writing culture at MUT. “The premise here is that everyone needs some form of assistance with their writing. You can only get better with experience and you need a constructive reader,” said Dr Bryant.

The Writing Centre is a much-needed resource for first year students as they transition from high school into the tertiary education system. The Centre is operational during MUT working hours (Monday to Thursday from 8h00 – 16h00 and 8h00 – 13h00 on Fridays).

Students and staff need to register an account at the Writing Centre’s online booking platform or email the centre on They can also chat with the Writing Centre via WhatsApp on 079 020 0172. The Centre is on the first floor of the main campus’ library building.