Dr Deborah Laurs

Assistant Manager, Student Learning · Peer-Assisted Study Programme coordinator
Student Learning · Te Taiako

My doctorate is in New Zealand children’s literature and I taught academic writing, English literature, drama and media studies at Massey University. At Victoria, I work with all students (primarily thesis students), and am responsible for Student Learning’s PG research skills seminars and ‘thesis-writing’ workshops. I also coordinate the PASS (Peer Assisted Study Support) programme, which offers voluntary study sessions in core 100-level courses and train student leaders and university tutors. My interests include horse-riding and handcrafts, and my current research focuses on student leadership and doctoral writing.


Carter, S. & Laurs, D. (2014). Developing generic support for doctoral students : practice and pedagogy. New York, NY: Routledge.

Carter, S., Laurs, D., Chant, L., Higgins, R., Martin, J., Teaiwa, T. & Wolfgramm-Foliaki, E. (2016). Giving feedback on doctoral writing: A guide for supervisors and advisors. Available from: https://akoaotearoa.ac.nz/doctoral-writing-feedback

Carter, S. & Laurs, D. (2018). Developing research writing : a handbook for supervisors and advisors. New York, NY: Routledge.