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Meet the Team at RWC

Meet Our Peer Tutors!

Our peer-tutors are just that - peers! They're undergraduate and postgraduate students who understand what it's like to worry about a paper, to panic over deadlines, to wonder if an assignment is proceeding on the right track or to hit a writing wall. They won't write your paper for you, but they will discuss it with you, give you feedback, help you establish a structure and give you tips on strategies so that you can continue to develop as a writer throughout the years you spend in college.

You can book a session with one of our experienced peer tutors in writing, by registering at:

Students cannot request to meet a tutor outside the Writing Centre. Any such queries should be sent to

Currently, we are offering one to one assistance from the following peer writing tutors: 


Eibhlín Walsh specialises in Education, and Psychology. She is available by appointment.


 Lauren Beadleston specialises in Psychology. She is available by appointment.


Angela Joseph specialises in Physiotherapy. She is available by appointment


Miriam Phillips specialises in Performing Arts and Cultural Anthropology. She is available by appointment


Sakshi Hans specialises in Neurobiology. She is available by appointment.


Avantika Bhardwaj specialises in Sports and Exercise Science and Medicine. She is available by appointment.

Kaavya Rekanar specialises in Electrical and Computer Engineering. She is available by appointment.

Gulfem Cevheribucak specialises in Public Administration and European Studies. She is available by appointment.


Mahmoud Adda Djeffal specialises in Applied Linguistics and Literary Studies . He is available by appointment.

James Lewington specialises in Music, Media, and Performance Engineering. He is available by appointment.

Cathal Histon specialises in English and Digital Culture. He is available by appointment.

Maria Lane specialises in Law and Accounting. She is available by appointment.

Meet the Administrative Staff, Regional Writing Centre!

Natasha Horan 

Natasha is the current Co-operative Administrative Assistant in the Regional Writing Centre. She is in her second year of a BA in English and Sociology.The main responsibilities of the co-op student are as follows:

   1. Assist with the maintenance of the daily operations of the RWC.

   2.  Assist with the organisation of RWC activities, including the One Campus, One Book initiative and the National Secondary School Essay-writing competition.

   3. Greet tutees and arrange appointments.

   4. Publicise and promote the activities of the RWC.

   5. Keep accurate records of RWC activity.

   6. Assist with the maintenance of the RWC website for promotional, administrative and didactic purposes.

 7. Assist with the maintenance of RWC literature, including handouts and pamphlets.

 8. Prepare and/or purchase materials needed for the RWC.

T: 061 202581 



Director, Regional Writing Centre, University Limerick

Lawrence Cleary (BA English, Illinois State University, 2001; MA ELT, University Limerick, 2003)

Lawrence manages the staff and directs the activities of the Regional Writing Centre (RWC). Rhetoric and Composition Studies, Rhetorical Genre Studies, Academic Literacies Studies, linguistic and language teaching knowledge inform his approach to writing and writing pedagogy. Lawrence designs, facilitates and evaluates writing support initiatives in UL and serves as a consultant across Ireland. He also trains and develop tutors and works with academic staff to develop student writing and research.

Key Areas of Responsibility:

  1.   Administration of the Regional Writing Centre, including its budget, staff, activities and hours of operation
  2. Design, development, delivery, assessment and evaluation of Peer Writing Tutor programme: peer tutor recruitment, training (including AW4006 Peer Tutoring in Academic Writing), induction, scheduling, supervision and professional development of RWC peer tutors
  3. Design, development, delivery, assessment and evaluation of Writing Across the Curriculum Workshops for students and academic staff, including workshops on writing for academic assessment, PhD Writers’ Week, writers’ groups, and workshops for teachers of writing
  4. Organisation of other UL activities around writing: First-year and Mature Student Orientation and First 7 Weeks writing workshops, How I Write, Ireland interviews, UL’s National Secondary School Essay-writing competition and writing-related President’s Volunteer Award opportunities
  5. Organisation of the Regional Writing Centre’s website, including the provision of online resources for writers in academic contexts
  6. Supervision of the Regional Writing Centre’s Administrative Assistant: recruitment, administration, training and supervision
  7. Research and innovation in writing development regionally and internationally, providing academic leadership on best practice for the development of writing in higher education
  8. Dissemination of research in high-quality, high-impact publications, including journal articles in internationally recognised peer-reviewed journals and book chapters in emerging studies in the area of writing, writing pedagogy and writing centre administration
  9. Design and development of innovative activities externally, leading and contributing on collaborative projects, developing external links that to ensure the sustainability of the RWC.

Association Membership: The Irish Network for the Enhancement of Writing (INEW), The European Association for the Teachers of Academic Writing (EATAW), The European Writing Center Association (EWCA), The Association of Writing Across the Curriculum (AWAC), Writing Research Across Borders (WRAB) and the National Council for the Teachers of English (NCTE).

Board Member The European Writing Centre Association (EWCA)


Cleary, L., & O'Sullivan, Í. (2008). Innovations, activities and principles for supporting students' writing. In Moore, S. (ed.) SEDA Special 24;Section 3, pp. 15-20.

Cleary, L., Graham, C., Jeanneau, C., & O'Sullivan, Í. (2009). Responding to the writing development needs of Irish higher education students: A case study. AISHE Journal: 1(1), pp. 4.1-4.16.

O’Sullivan, Í. & Cleary, L. (2012) Editorial: The role of the student experience in shaping academic writing development in higher education. Journal of Academic Writing: The Journal of the European Association for the Teaching of Academic Writing. 2 (1) autumn, pp. ii-iii.

O'Sullivan, Í., & Cleary, L. (2012). The Role of the Student Experience in Shaping Academic Writing Development in Higher Education: The Peer Writing Tutors’ Perspective. Journal of Academic Writing2(1), 138-164.

O'Sullivan, Í., & Cleary, L. (2012). Introduction: Peer writing tutors’ narratives 138 the role of the student experience in shaping academic writing development in higher education: the peer writing tutors’ perspective. Journal of Academic Writing; 12(2), pp. 138-139.

O'Sullivan, Í., & Cleary, L. (2012). The Regional Writing Centre at the University of Limerick. In Bräuer, G., Carlino, P., Ganobcsik-Williams, L., & Sinha, A. (eds). Writing programs worldwide: Profiles of academic writing in many places. C. J. Thaiss (Ed.). Parlor Press, LLC., pp. 261-270.

Cleary, L. (2013). Apologia for undergraduate peer-tutors in writing. AISHE-J: The All Ireland Journal of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education5(1), pp. 1181-1187.

O'Sullivan, I., & Cleary, L. (2014). Peer-tutoring in academic writing: The infectious nature of engagement. Journal of Academic Writing4(1), 52-65.

Cleary, L., & O'Sullivan, Í. (2015). The political act of developing provision for writing in the Irish higher education context. In Lillis, T., Harrington, K., Lea, M., & Mitchell, S. Working with academic literacies: Case studies towards transformative practice. The WAC Clearinghouse/Parlor Press.

Cleary, L. (2017) Why good academic writers perform poorly in the workplace: Teaching for transfer across contexts of writing (Part 1 of 2). In WLN: A Journal of Writing Center Scholarship, a publication of the International Writing Centers Association. Available at:

Cleary, L. (2017) Why good academic writers perform poorly in the workplace: Teaching for transfer across contexts of writing (Part 2 of 2). In WLN: A Journal of Writing Center Scholarship, a publication of the International Writing Centers Association. Available at:

Cleary, L. (2019). At the Centre of Changing Contexts: A Writing for Life Centre. In Essid, J., & McTague, B. (Eds.). Writing Centers at the Center of Change. Routledge, pp.


Module leader on

ME6051 Advanced Technical Writing for Engineers for MSc and ME in Mechanical and Aeronautical Engineering

AW4006 Peer Tutoring in Academic Writing for the BA in Arts

“Do you Write like an Engineer?” embedded within the Introduction to Engineering module, ME4001.