The Department of Writing Studies is the first of its kind in Australia. Modeled on writing centres in the United States and Europe, we engage with the New Rhetoric as a way of developing students’ academic writing, critical thinking and public speaking abilities as essential graduate attributes. We focus on composition, argumentation and cross-cultural communication across print and digital media, adapting New Rhetorical concepts for the Australian context. This assists us in equipping students for the modern work environment, where specialist knowledge needs to be complemented with both a continual capacity to learn and broad cross-disciplinary knowledge.

To further this end, our academic staff engage with the latest research in writing and rhetorical theory. This informs their own research projects and provides a foundation for their teaching. Our staff are involved in numerous research projects, using their specialist fields to contextualise their approach to rhetoric and further their understanding of writing across the disciplines.