Most students visit the Writing Centre in the beginning of the week (Mondays and Tuesdays). Visitation numbers peak on Wednesdays, with fewer students booking appointments on Thursdays and Fridays. On average 54 students visit the Writing Centre every week. Visitation is usually low in the beginning of the semester, but increases towards the end of the semester with an average of 70 visits per week.
The majority of students who visit the Writing Centre are students enrolled in the academic writing courses LNG240 and EDS275. As part of the course, students are recommended to book a weekly 30 min consultation to get assistance on their weekly writing assignments. The Writing Centre is also open for students who need help with other types of academic writing, and the Centre is currently experiencing an increase in the number of students coming to get assistance with term papers, and Bachelor and Master thesis. Some PhD students that are writing their term papers as part of their compulsory courses have also started to use the Writing Centre to further develop their academic writing.
The Writing Centre has hired four new Writing Advisors this semester (Spring 2017), two of whom that can assist with academic writing in Norwegian. In spring 2017 the Writing Centre has 15 writing advisors, including five that can assist with Norwegian writing. The Centre has therefore increased the capacity for appointments with multiple students at the same time, increase opening hours and availability. The Writing Centre has opened a satellite location at Sørhellinga, which is staffed three days a week. The Sørhellinga Writing Centre is located in one of the group rooms in the library and is open Monday-Wednesday 09:00-15:00. The satellite location is staffed by both international and Norwegian Writing Advisors who have experience with academic writing in the natural sciences.
As more students become aware of the Writing Centre we expect visitation numbers to continue to increase in coming years. We are responding to this increase by both by hiring new staff and increasing our availability with new satellite locations of the Writing Centre. Through constant turnover of new students working as writing advisors, trained by senior staff, we will maintain and develop the quality of our service in response to current student demands.