Supervising and Assessing Student Writing

The Specifics of Academic Writing in English


Speaker Date Time Format Subject
Dr. Mark Kyburz Wednesday, 7 June 2023 14.00-18.00 face-to-face Supervise & Assess Fairly and Efficiently

Course Description

Supervising and assessing student writing (e.g. seminar papers, bachelor's and master's theses, PhD dissertations) can be challenging. While supervisors realise that students need support, their lack of experience or tools (or work pressures) may hamper the supervisor-student relationship. This workshop introduces various strategies (coaching techniques, academic writing resources, grading rubrics, etc.) to help supervisors cope effectively with the demands of their role. It also explores a related challenge: supervising and assessing students writing in English as a second language.

Workshop Aims

  • to offer participants an opportunity to reflect on their role and responsibilities as supervisors
  • to develop and strengthen their skills and confidence in supervising and assessing student writing
  • to introduce tools and strategies for effective academic writing supervision and assessment
  • to explore the specifics of supervising and assessing students writing papers in English

Course Content

  • Supervising and assessing student writing: Challenges and opportunities
  • The student-supervisor relationship: Roles and responsibilities
  • Communicating goals and expectations
  • Supporting students during the writing process
  • Supervising and assessing papers written by second-language users
  • Useful resources (including the HSG Writing Lab, Centre for Academic Writing)

Target Groups

Teaching assistants, lecturers and other faculty interested in developing or expanding their ability to supervise and assess student writing.


Dr. Mark Kyburz

Dr. Mark Kyburz

is Team Leader English at the University of St. Gallen’s HSG Writing Lab (Centre for Academic Writing). He has almost 30 years of experience as an editor, translator and writing coach. Mark has taught academic and business writing for over 25 years at universities in the United Kingdom, Switzerland and West Africa. He has also run his own language agency ( since 1990 and has completed basic and further training in solution-focused coaching.