Academic Skills

Develop skills for academic success through a programme of Workshops, small group Forums and online Resources. View our calendar of all events.

If you find the session you wish to attend is fully booked or is at a time that you are off campus – please see our FAQs for ways in which we can help.

New student? Follow the instructions here to register on our booking system.

What is a Workshop?
A workshop is a taught session led by a tutor on a specific academic skill. Our workshop programme covers a range of essential skills and practical approaches.  There are usually 8-12 people in a workshop, allowing them to be interactive and offering lots of opportunity for discussion.

Workshops on offer include –

  • Getting started
  • Introduction to independent learning
  • Introduction to managing your time
  • Making the most of your lectures
  • Introduction to seminars and group work
  • Introduction to presentation skills
  • Improving your exam and revision technique
  • Ten tips to improve your academic writing
  • Ten tips to improve your academic reading technique
  • ProQuest RefWorks – Basics
  • Getting Started with APA Referencing

Further Development

  • Techniques for planning and structuring your assignment
  • Techniques for proof reading and editing your own work
  • Getting started on your dissertation or extended project
  • Introduction to critical writing
  • Critiquing an article
  • Writing a literature review
  • ProQuest RefWorks – Fundamentals

You may also be interested in Masterclasses offered by the University English Scheme.  These are stand-alone sessions open to all, with topics including critical reading and writing, effective paraphrasing and referencing, and proofreading strategies.

What is a Writing Forum?

A Writing Forum is small group session (up to 4 students) where you can share and discuss your piece of work with peers and the Academic Skills Tutor.   Attending these sessions will be beneficial to –

  • share experiences with peers and see other students’ writing
  • receive feedback in order to develop your writing
  • get to grips with a particular type of writing (e.g. reflection, literature review)
  • understand and address tutor feedback on your writing
  • write less descriptively and more critically
  • discuss your initial assignment ideas to help with drafting a plan

To get the most from this session bring a short piece of writing on a USB stick to share and discuss. 

It’s helpful to bring your assignment question and assessment criteria as well.

You will receive individual input from the Academic Skills Tutor and have the opportunity to discuss any further support you might need.

Booking onto a session
  • to secure your place on a Workshop or Writing Forum view and book through the live calendar of events or through UniHub
  • the first time you access UniHub you will be asked to register your details and enter your preferences, just follow the instructions here for a quick guide
  • if you have not booked onto a session you would like to attend, you are welcome to turn up and take a chance there is a spare place.
Cancelling sessions if you are unable to attend
  • if you are unable to attend a booked session, it is important to cancel so the place can automatically be offered to the next student on the waiting list
  • you can cancel your place up to 24 hours in advance using the link to UniHub in your confirmation email
  • if you have too many booked sessions you have not attended and have not cancelled, you may be temporarily banned from using services and will need to contact the to ask to be reinstated


If you have a question about Academic Skills which is not answered here, have a look at our online Resources or Frequently Asked Questions for additional information.