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Cath’s experience as a non-fiction writer and editor, Fellow of the HEA and ESOL teacher provides an ideal skill set for facilitating writing-skills courses and workshops.

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Additional expertise:
  • blogging
  • critical reflective writing
  • hosting library reading groups
  • mentoring
  • proof reading
  • reader development
  • work with international students

Courses offered by Cath Senker include:

  • Planning and structure
  • Critical thinking
  • Effective reading techniques
  • Developing argument
  • Editing
  • Improving academic style

Cath’s background as an award-winning non-fiction writer and editor, RLF Fellow and teacher in higher education provides an ideal skill set for facilitating writing-skills courses, workshops and one-to-one sessions. She runs sessions in-person and online.

Originally a project manager and editor of children’s educational books, Cath turned to freelance writing, and has written around 170 children’s non-fiction titles, specialising in history, world religions, and global, social and environmental issues. She has also written several non-fiction titles for adults. Cath also edits books and academic reports on a wide range of subjects, including fiction titles. A qualified and experienced ESOL teacher, she teaches English to refugees and migrants and runs story-reading groups. As part of her academic role, she has embarked on some research projects. 

Cath was a Fellow of the Royal Literary Fund (RLF) at the universities of Sussex (2008–10), Chichester (2011–12) and Southampton (2013–14), where she offered one-to-one tutorials to students across all disciplines from pre-university to PhD level.

Since 2013, Cath has run regular writing-skills workshops at the University of Sussex for undergraduates and postgraduates. She also offers workshops tailored to specific disciplines. Currently, Cath is a Lecturer in Academic Skills in the School of Law and an Academic Skills Consultant at the University of Sussex. She has a Postgraduate Certificate in Higher Education and is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

Discipline areas: Arts, Business & Management, Humanities, Social Sciences
Topics: Essays, dissertations, theses, literature reviews, reflective commentaries, business reports, online communication, letters and emails, books
Participants: School/college students, undergraduates, postgraduates (research), postgraduates (taught), staff (non-academic), international students
Activities: Workshops, immersives, seminars, tutorials, talks/presentations
Consultant's background: Non-fiction, biographer, children’s non-fiction
Location: London and South East England
Availability for travel: International
Testimonials for Cath Senker

The vast improvement in performance of our students, particularly as regards oral presentation skills, is due, in no small part, to the focussed attention provided by you and Esther Selsdon in those intensive sessions that you delivered so effectively.

-- MA course leader

I would welcome the opportunity to work with you again, as I found your focus on clear objectives, your strong engagement with the students and your detailed approach to subject-specific learning has made an invaluable contribution to the confidence of my students as well as to the effectiveness of our learning environment as a whole.

-- MA course leader

I am impressed by your skills, the methodologies you introduce to the process of learning and generous spirit of inclusivity that you employ to connect with the students.

-- International Support Co-ordinator (Postgraduate)

Cath’s sessions are of a very high standard with a great balance between theoretical input and practical application. … Her workshops are mainly aimed at undergraduate students and we continuously receive excellent feedback for her sessions.

-- Academic Study Skills Development Coordinator
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