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Academic Life

 

Whatever degree you are studying at Chichester, we have the facilities and support services to help you. Whether it's borrowing equipment, getting essay writing tips or learning new IT skills, our staff are here to help.

Academic Skills Advisor

Based in both Learning Resource Centres, 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 and writing
  • Presentation skills
  • Research, information gathering and general dissertation skills
  • Examination techniques and revision strategies
  • Time management and organisation
  • Grammar, punctuation and spelling

Contact us: academicskillsadviser@chi.ac.uk

Subject Librarian Support

Can't find a book? No idea where to look for a journal or article? 

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. You'll meet them during Freshers Week as part of your induction. 

If you have difficulty finding material for an essay, seminar or project, 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

Writing support is available from the Royal Literary Fund 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.

CREATIVE HUB

Our Creative Hub is a facility designed to support students and staff from across the university in working with digital media – video, audio, and graphics.  Whatever your subject area or your expertise, you are welcome to use the facilities and consult our specialist experts.

We have six purpose-built edit suites and a professional finishing suite each in its own sound proof enclosure, along with a multi-purpose edit suite/teaching station with high quality HD TV display.

In addition, there are two flexible teaching / open access rooms and a fully open access area equipped with iMacs, all equipped with a wide range of software. There's a high quality large format colour printer too. 

Our specialists are on hand to provide training, support, project advice and consultation.

For more information, including opening hours, software availability and supported formats, visit the Creative Hub pages

Learn a new skill

The Skills Team can help and support you with a range of skills that you may need to support your studies.

LEARNING TECHNOLOGIES

  • Moodle
  • Turnitin
  • ChiPlayer (Panopto)
  • Blended Learning
  • Developing Digital Literacy

IT SKILLS

  • Office 365 utilities - Email and calendar
  • Office 365 apps - Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneDrive, OneNote
  • Skype for Business
  • Windows 10 and MacOS support
  • Assistive Technologies

CREATIVE SKILLS

  • Video editing - Avid, Final Cut X
  • Image editing - Adobe Photoshop
  • Audio editing - Logic Pro X
  • Desktop publishing - Adobe InDesign
  • Large format printing

ACADEMIC SKILLS

  • Referencing
  • Academic Writing
  • Essay Planning & Structuring
  • Dissertations
  • Exams & Revision
  • Time Management and Organisation

You can request support by talking to the SIZ, or via:

skills@chi.ac.uk
(01243 79) 3535
@ChiUniSkills

EQUIPMENT LOANS

During semester-time, a wide range of equipment is available from our equipment loans service, including:

  • video cameras
  • lighting rigs
  • audio recorders
  • laptop security cables 

The Loans Counter is located in the Academic Building at Bishop Otter campus, complete with it's own loading bay to help when you're collecting or returning kit.  

 In addition, smaller items, including video cables for use in the Group Study booths, laptop security cables and voice recorders, are available from the SIZ counters.   

NETBOOKS AND LAPTOPS

At both campuses have a stock of netbooks and laptops available for loan. Netbooks are available for short term loan (48 hours), and our laptops are currently available for use in the LRCs only.

You can ask to borrow a netbook and, on production of your student ID card, you will be able to take an available machine on the same terms as a short-issue library book.  

 

Off-Campus Access

Wherever you have access to the Internet, you have access to the University's information systems.   

Our Staff and Student Links page gives you access to: 

  • Moodle (our virtual learning environment where module and lecture details are published)
  • ChiView, where you'll find your personal timetable, module feedback, and results
  • Email
  • The self-service portal, Support Me, which connects to all of the Support and Information Zone's service (including IT support)
  • The Library catalogue and all of the Library's electronic resources
  • Password and account self-service, so you can unlock your University account or reset your password

In addition you can download the University of Chichester App, available to students, staff, guests, and visitors.

The App is available from Google PlayApple App Store and Microsoft.

It offers access to services such as:

  • Email
  • Moodle
  • Timetable
  • Library
  • Bookings
  • Student handbook
  • Campus maps
  • Inter-site bus timetables
  • QR Code reader 

OPEN ACCESS & PRINTING

All of our open access PCs are the latest all-in-one models, designed to maximise both desk space and flexibility.  We provide high speed internet access with the Learning Resource Centres, communal areas and all teaching spaces all wifi enabled so that you can study wherever you are most comfortable. 

Our PCs have a wide range of software to support your studies, and your account will give you access to email-for-life, plus generous network and internet storage for your files.  We have a PC booking system, which allows you to reserve the machine you need in whatever study zone (Group, Quiet or Silent) you want to work.  

BISHOP OTTER CAMPUS

There are PCs available throughout the Learning Resource Centre, with an open access study area available on the ground floor near Costa Coffee, the Creative Hub and the SIZ.  A specific area for silent study, with PCs available, is located on the second floor, and there are PCs available on the first and second floor landings and throughout the library area. We also have two Mac rooms for students preferring to use them. 

BOGNOR REGIS CAMPUS

At the Bognor Regis Campus, extensive open access facilities are available in the Learning Resource Centre in the group study, quiet study and silent study zones.  There are also four group study booths equipped with large display screens for use with laptops.  In the Dome, there is another open access room.  

PRINTING

Printers are available on both campuses, located in corridors, the Learning Resource Centres and many other locations. Our "follow-me" service means you can send your work to print and then pick it up at your convenience from any printer you choose.  The machines also offer scanning to email or a memory stick, as well as photocopying.  Print credits can be purchased from self-service machines in the LRCs.  

For more information on how to print, see our help pages

THE PRINTSHOP

A wide range of high quality and specialised printing at competitive prices is available through the PrintShop.

These services can be used for your student work as well as any other personal or commercial printing needs.

OPENING TIMES

Bishop Otter campus:
8.30am - 4.30pm Monday to Thursday
8.30am - 4.00pm Friday
(closed for lunch between 1-2pm)

Bognor Regis campus:
8.30am - 4.30pm Monday to Thursday
8.30am - 4.00pm Friday

Drop in or you can email your request to printshop@chi.ac.uk

Find out more on our help pages.

LIBRARY SERVICES

The Learning Resource Centres hold more than 200,000 books and students also have access to over 500,000 ebooks.

There are around 380 print subscriptions to journals, as well as electronic access to a further 12,000 journals containing over 20 million articles. 

In addition, the multimedia databases have over 100,000 streamed media clips.

Electronic databases can be accessed both on and off campus. All subject areas have specific sections within our Virtual Learning Environment (Moodle).

At the Bognor Regis campus there is a ‘Classroom Resources’ collection, which allows trainee teachers to borrow an array of materials relating to the national curriculum for use in their classrooms, including puppets, educational toys, children's fiction books and posters. 

Both of our LRCs contain a café, social areas, IT/teaching rooms, and wi-fi throughout, with bookable areas for group work, and silent study areas.

Read for visitor library access services.

CLASSROOM RESOURCES COLLECTION

The Classroom Resources Collection is based on the ground floor of the library at Bognor Regis. It mainly serves Primary Education students, although there are items to support Secondary courses. There are approximately 20 000 items that can be used for assignments and with placement schools.  The collection includes books,DVDs, CDs, puppets, story sacks, artefacts, big books, dual language books and posters.

More information for our current students can be found on the Classroom Resources Moodle where you can find help with choosing resources to use on placement, links to useful websites and information about becoming a book reviewer for our collection.

All items in Classroom Resources can be located using the library catalogue.  All items from this collection can be borrowed for 4 weeks and will not incur fines.  This collection can be accessed during opening hours by members of the public who can also apply for borrowing rights to this collection.

Subject Librarian, Ruth Clark, is based at the Bognor Regis campus and works with our Education students to promote the Classroom Resources collection.

She loves children's books and is passionate about reading for pleasure and encouraging our students to share great books in the classroom.

Please contact Ruth if you would like to be on the team of children's book reviewers based at the University.

@ruthellenclark
r.clark@chi.ac.uk
01243 812119