Jamie Roberts

Learning Adviser

Contact: LG13, North Wing, Chancellery Building
Telephone: +61 (2) 9385 - 2060
email: jamie.roberts@unsw.edu.au

Jamie completed his PhD in 2009 in politics at at the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, UNSW. It was concerned with developing a general theory to explain what occurs within people when they attempt (or fail to attempt) to bring about some kind of change in themselves or the world. It was quite philosophical in nature, drawing on the works of philosophers and writers such as Plato, Rousseau, Lacan, Nietzsche, Tolstoy and Conrad. On the way to his PhD, Jamie attempted a degree in Psychology before dropping out and dropping back in to complete a degree in English with honours.

Jamie began teaching at UNSW in 2005, tutoring and lecturing in both Sociology and Politics and participating in the Peer Writing Assistant program at The Learning Centre, and began working as a Learning Adviser at The Learning Centre in 2010. In Jamie's years at The Learning Centre, he has taught on, coordinated and designed a number of programs and courses for students at a range of levels. Some of these include U@UNSW, a program for high school students; the University Orientation and Study Skills courses (core components of the University Preparation Program, a program for mature age students wanting to gain university entry); Academic Skills Plus, a general education course for undergraduate students; and Developing a Research Proposal, a course for new PhD students.

In 2017, Jamie's book, Essentials of Essay Writing: What Markers Look For , was published. This book is the outcome of over 10 years of teaching essay writing at the UNSW Learning Centre. The book uncovers what markers look for and demystifies the secrets of effective writing. As the title suggests, the book focuses on the characteristics of a good essay. Each chapter covers a core element of effective essay writing, and provides clear guidelines student writers can apply to their work.Topics covered include essay structure, writing introductions, body paragraphs and conclusions, critical thinking and engaging with sources. The book features many examples of students' writing. Essentials of Essay Writing is available at UNSW bookshop.

Jamie is married and has a small son. In his spare time he enjoys writing fiction (novels, short stories, plays), running (10km – half marathon), and playing ultimate frisbee. Jamie harbours a dream of one day building an immersive art environment somewhere on the south coast.

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