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Information for Academic Staff

What we do

The Library’s Learning Support Team provides research, academic and digital skills training for your students. Sessions can be tailored to your needs and linked directly to particular assignments.

How to work with us

The best way to incorporate skills support into your programmes is to make it specific to an assignment, have a clear learning objective, time it at an appropriate point of the semester and schedule the session into the timetable. We also find that the more involved academic staff are in the process, the more successful the learning outcomes. Students are more engaged when sessions are relevant to their needs and co-delivered by tutors. Collaboration between the Library Learning Support Team and academics works! There are a number of ways that we can work with you:

  • Design the content
    Help us to design the workshop by providing subject-specific material, examples, assignment briefs, sample assignments, etc. that we can incorporate into the session.
  • Co-deliver the session with us
    This works particularly well when we give the skills advice and you provide the discipline-related detail, guidance and examples.
  • Use our resources
    We can assist with designing or providing resources such as PowerPoint slides and handouts that you deliver yourself. You can also use the interactive resources from the Skills for Learning website and choose the student engagement level (i.e. optional, directed, integrated or contextualised).

    Watch this short animation to learn more about how you can help your students develop academic skills through Skills for Learning.

Skills we teach

Research skills

The Academic Support Librarians provide information skills sessions for your students at all levels. We cover a variety of information skills topics and tailor these to meet your students’ need.

  • Getting started using the Library
  • Researching for your assignments using the Library
  • Researching at dissertation level
  • We also offer bespoke training for researching using specific resources or information that your students require.
  • Endnote

Academic Skills

Our Academic Skills Consultants offer bespoke design and delivery of study skills support on a range of topics such as:

  • Referencing APA Harvard style
  • Academic writing including reflective pieces, essays, blogs, reports and dissertations
  • Critical analysis (including writing and reading)
  • Presentation skills
  • Revision and exam techniques
  • Effective group work

Digital skills

The Digital Skills Trainers help students make the best use of IT and digital resources through face-to-face and online training sessions. Topics include:

  • Word
  • Excel
  • PowerPoint
  • Social media

Unsure where to send your students for support?

Our flowchart will help you to identify where to direct students who need support in specific things.

Contact us

To discuss research skills contact the Academic Support Librarian for your School

To discuss academic skills contact the Academic Skills Consultant for your School

To discuss digital skills contact the Digital Skills Trainers

What we don’t do

The Library Learning Support Team does not offer proofreading, maths, counselling, disability or language support. Mathscope provides maths and statistics support to students. Contact the Wellbeing team for information and advice about counselling. To find out more about disability contact AskUS. For language support for native English speakers contact Wordscope or LEAP (Learning English for Academic Purposes) for students have English as their second language.

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