About the centre

For more than twenty years, we have been helping University of Bristol students develop their academic language and literacy skills.

'Academic language... is nobody's mother tongue.' – Bourdieu et al., 1994

Because nobody is born speaking academic English, we run programmes and courses for UK, EU and international students at all levels. We also run academic development courses for teachers.

Our courses are taught by highly qualified and experienced teachers, all of whom are dedicated to constantly developing their professional practice. We are accredited by BALEAP, the global forum for English for Academic Purposes professionals.

In our 2019 survey, student satisfaction ratings averaged 90 per cent or more in the categories of learning opportunities, academic support, learning resources, learning community and student voice.

Our purpose-built facilities are located in the heart of Bristol.

Our vision:

to be a cutting-edge centre that works with all individuals to develop their communication in academic contexts.

  • Developing and sharing expertise​
  • Transforming individuals​
  • Communicating across boundaries​
  • Informing research and research-informed​
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