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Durban University of Technology (DUT) has five Writing Centres which are spread across five campuses, namely Steve Biko, ML Sultan and City Campus in Durban, Indumiso and Riverside in Pietermaritzburg. In total, the DUT Writing Centres have recruited and trained 20 tutors who will be ready to assist students and staff with the following:

  • strategies for writing in different disciplines;
  • assignments for humanities and science-related academic courses;
  • reading, researching and referencing;
  • proposals (academic and business);
  • dissertations;
  • articles, book chapters and books for publication;
  • business and professional writing (curriculum vitaes; e-mails, motivational letters, memos, etc);
  • creative writing;
  • course syllabi; etc.

What you can expect at the Writing Centre:

  • Tutors will guide, advise and support you, with the aim of developing your writing skills and confidence.
  • Tutors will offer support and writing companionship, but will not edit or write for you.
  • Tutors will listen and help you to put together your ideas and thoughts.
  • In all instances, you will make the decisions and direct your writing.

To find out more, book an appointment with the relevant contact person listed below.

Contact Us

Steve Biko Campus
Dr Gift Mheta
Coordinator
Tel: 031 373 3006
Email: giftm@@dut.ac.za
Location: Alan Pittendrigh Library, Steve Biko Campus
Ms Shahieda Kraft
Secretary
Tel: 031 373 6735
Email: shahiedak@dut.ac.za
Location: Alan Pittendrigh Library, Steve Biko Campus
City Campus
Ms Andrea Alcock
Manager
Tel: 031 373 2365
Email: andrea@dut.ac.za
Location: Room 124, 1st Floor City Campus
ML Sultan Campus
Nereshnee Govender
Manager
Tel: 031 373 6701
Email: NereshneeG@dut.ac.za
Location: BM Patel Library, 2nd Floor, ML Sultan Campus
Riverside Campus and Indumiso Campus
Ms Nonhlanhla Zuma
Manager
Tel: 033 845 9060/1
Email: nonhlanhlaz2@dut.ac.za
Location: Block 7, Indumiso Campus and Postgraduate Computer Lab, Riverside Campus, PMB

Opening Hours

The DUT Writing Centres have the following locations and consultation hours:

  • Steve Biko, Allan Pittendrigh Library, Ground Floor:
    Monday to Thursday 08h30 to 16h30,
    Friday 08h30 to 15h00
  • ML Sultan, BM Patel Library, Second Floor:
    Monday to Thursday 08h30 to 16h30,
    Friday 08h30 to 15h00
  • City Campus, Room 124, First Floor:
    Monday to Thursday 08h30 to 16h30,
    Friday 08h30 to 15h00
  • Indumiso, Block 7:
    Monday to Thursday 08h30 to 16h30,
    Friday 08h30 to 15h00
  • Riverside, Postgraduate Computer Lab:
    Monday to Thursday 08h30 to 16h30,
    Friday 08h30 to 15h00

Useful Links

Improve your typing speed - http://learntotype.com
Plagiarism policy - http://library.dut.ac.za/Plagiarism%20Policy%20and%20Procedure%20for%20S...
Referencing guide - http://library.dut.ac.za/e-refguide/index.htm

Dictionary Links

Youtube links to writing tips