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Research Commons services at SFU Vancouver

Writing support

SFU Vancouver graduate students can access various types of writing support through the Research Commons. Graduate Writing Facilitators are available for one-on-one writing consultations, or you can meet with a facilitator to get feedback on the content of an upcoming presentation. Read Ahead consultations provide intensive and extended support for graduate students writing theses, projects, or other longer papers.

Please visit Writing services to find out more or to request an appointment.

Our Graduate Open Writing Lab: Write Time, Write Space provides a quiet, dedicated space for graduate students to work on their writing at SFU Vancouver. Sessions will take place in room HC 7400 on Fridays, 10:30 am to 2:00 pm, September 15 - December 1.  A Graduate Writing Facilitator is available for consultation. No registration is required.

On Thursday, 1 to 5 pm, HC 7400 hosts a Graduate Open Writing Space, without a facilitator, but with the same dedicated writing space for graduate students.

Writing workshops at SFU Vancouver are included in the list of graduate workshops below.

Thesis support

The Library's Assistant for Theses is available to meet with graduate students for formatting and thesis submission assistance.  Appointments can be made using the Research Commons' consultation booking software.  In-person appointments are available at all three campuses.

ESL/EAL support

Please use our Consultation Request form to book a consultation for help with academic reading and writing, speaking, pronunciation, presentation techniques, and more.

NVivo support

Graduate Peer NVivo Facilitators are available to assist graduate students by email ( or in one-on-one consultations. To schedule a meeting, please use the request form on the Consultations page. The Research Commons also offers workshops and other training on the use of NVivo software.

At SFU Vancouver, NVivo is installed on computers in the Belzberg Library. Please see NVivo: Getting Started for information on downloading NVivo to an individual computer.

Graduate workshops at SFU Vancouver

Pronunciation for Social, Academic, & Professional Settings

NOTE: Feb. 8 & Mar. 8 classes take place in 2925, Harbour Centre.

This non-credit course provides the rules, learning strategies, and contextualized practice in the stress, rhythm, and melody of English words, phrases, and discourse. Students will also learn how a Canadian accent differs from American, British, and Australian varieties of English by analyzing popular TV shows.

Required textbook: Speech Craft: Discourse Pronunciation for Advanced Learners, by Laura Hahn and Wayne Dickerson. Textbooks will be distributed on the first day of class. Open to both undergraduate and graduate students.

There is no fee for the workshop, but the cost of the required textbook is $40.

Upcoming Workshops

Thursday, January 25, 2018 - 4:30pm to 6:00pm
Thursday, February 1, 2018 - 4:30pm to 6:00pm
Thursday, February 8, 2018 - 4:30pm to 6:00pm
Thursday, February 15, 2018 - 4:30pm to 6:00pm
Thursday, February 22, 2018 - 4:30pm to 6:00pm
Thursday, March 1, 2018 - 4:30pm to 6:00pm
Thursday, March 8, 2018 - 4:30pm to 6:00pm
Thursday, March 15, 2018 - 4:30pm to 6:00pm
Thursday, March 22, 2018 - 4:30pm to 6:00pm
Thursday, March 29, 2018 - 4:30pm to 6:00pm
Harbour Centre, Rm(s) 1500 & 2925

Thesis Boot Camp

This multi-day boot camp is for SFU graduate students at both the PhD and Masters level, who are currently writing their thesis or dissertation.

Here's your opportunity to dedicate three days to making serious progress on your dissertation or master’s thesis. Along with a comfortable, quiet working environment, snacks and lunches, you will benefit from structured time, dedicated space, professional advising and peer support—all motivating factors in that final push towards completion of your dissertation or thesis.

Upcoming Workshops

Tuesday, February 13, 2018 - 8:30am to 5:00pm
Wednesday, February 14, 2018 - 8:30am to 5:00pm
Thursday, February 15, 2018 - 8:30am to 5:00pm
Harbour Centre, Rm 1410-1430

Other services

Other learning, general writing, and EAL services and workshops are available at SFU Vancouver through the Student Learning Commons.