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Academic Support

Here you will find useful directions to the variety of study support services available to you..


As with any new activity academic work does not come easily. Nobody is born with the ability to drive a car or build a bridge for example so there is no reason to believe that anyone is born with the ability to think critically, argue from evidence or write in a structured formal way.

We learn by doing and through experience. During your time at university you will be expected to master a subject area but you will also be expected to develop the academic skills to make the best use of your newly acquired knowledge and insight. While it is your course tutors' role to provide you with subject specific support there are other tutors available to you whose role it is to help you develop your academic skill set.

It is entirely natural and very usual for students to lack confidence in things like...

  • Taking lecture notes
  • Reading academic texts
  • Searching for research data
  • Writing structured academic essays

... and generally thinking critically.

These skills will come to you as you practice them and there is a great deal of support available to you to help you build up your academic confidence. What we offer in the Academic and Digital Skills Team is a friendly and approachable service where you can be assisted in overcoming particular problems relating to the demands of academic study. Visit our Web Hub for more information and some helpful advice about studying more effectively

Contact Us

It's easy to make an appointment to see any of our Academic and Digital Skills Team. Just use our online booking system, pick a time and tutor and an appointment will be automatically generated for you. You will receive immediate confirmation via email.

Meet one-to-one with one of our Academic and Digital Skills Team and get help with academic skills and research for your coursework, essay or dissertation.

Academic Skills Tutors:

Andrew Sinclair, Mike Alsford, Jenny Spinks, Paul Brewer, Peter Kargbo, Julie Mundair, Sharon Perera (team manager)

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