Academic Skills

We have a range of support services to help you study and write more effectively, enabling you to get the most out of your degree. 

Academic Skills Advisor

Based in the Library, the Academic Skills Adviser offers support to all students to help them to fulfil their academic potential. Support is available for all students, no matter what level or degree you’re studying.  Students can access study skills workshops, one-to-one tutorials and online resources for support in a number of areas including:

  • Improving academic writing
  • Referencing
  • Essay planning, structuring & writing
  • Presentation skills
  • Research, information gathering & general dissertation skills
  • Examination techniques & Revision strategies
  • Time management & organisation
  • Grammar, punctuation & spelling

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Subject Librarian Support

There is a team of professional librarians at each site to provide specialist information support, to liaise with teaching staff and students, and to develop and organise the library resources in their subject areas. If you have difficulty finding material for essays, seminars, projects, etc., the Subject Librarians will be happy to provide advice and assistance. Subject Librarians may also be able to provide specialised reading lists and bibliographies.

Royal Literary Fund Fellows

Support is also available from the RLF Fellows who are professional writers, appointed by the Royal Literary Fund. They are available for one-to-one confidential tutorials with any student, of any discipline, who would like help with any aspect of their writing.  These tutorials can help with structure, improving academic style or simply making an essay read more fluently and effectively. Whether a student has a specific problem to address, or is just lacking in confidence, the RLF Fellows offer time and space to work one-to-one on essays, dissertations and creative pieces.