Academic Skills

The Academic Skills tutors support all aspects of study skills development through a full workshop programme and a series of small group forums.  All sessions run on the Bridge in the Adsetts Library at City and in room 0.01 in the Library at Collegiate.

All the forums and workshops can be viewed here and booked on UniHub below. We also have a range of resources available online.

What is a Forum?

A forum is small group session where you will discuss a specific piece of work. The sessions usually last for one hour and have 4-6 participants.

  • you can attend an Assignment Planning Forum or a Writing Forum
  • you bring along your assignment question and assessment criteria or a short piece of writing on a USB stick to discuss with your peers, facilitated by the tutor
  • you will receive individual input from the Academic Skills Tutor and have the opportunity to discuss any further support you might need
Assignment Planning Forums

These sessions are designed to help you get started on a new assignment. The session will be useful if you want to:

  • discuss your initial assignment ideas and approaches
  • generate and develop a draft assignment plan
  • these sessions are designed to complement our Writing Forums
Writing Forums

These sessions are designed to help if you feel stuck with a piece of writing you have already started or if you would like to receive feedback in order to develop your writing. The session will be useful if you want to:

  • share experiences with peers and see other students’ writing
  • further develop your writing style or get to grips with a literature review
  • address tutor feedback or write less descriptively and more critically
What is a Workshop?

A workshop is a taught session led by a tutor on a specific academic skill. There are usually 8-12 people in a workshop. They are led by the tutor, will be interactive and will provide lots of opportunities for discussion.  Our workshops cover a range of essential skills and practical approaches.

Workshop Titles

We run different workshop titles throughout the year, from the topics below.  You can view a live list here.

  • interpreting and understanding your assignment question
  • writing introductions and conclusions
  • 10 tips to improve your academic writing
  • thinking critically and improve your critical writing
  • writing literature reviews
  • critiquing an article
  • referencing using APA
  • formatting long documents in Word

You may also be interested in Masterclasses offered by the University English Scheme.  These are stand-alone sessions open to all, but will be of particular interest to students returning to study, with topics including critical reading and writing, effective paraphrasing and referencing, and proofreading strategies. View these here.

To secure your place on a workshop or forum, book onto a session through UniHub. Alternatively, you are welcome to turn up and take a chance there is a spare place.

You will be asked to register your details and enter your preferences when accessing UniHub for the first time, just follow the instructions!

Follow the link below to access UniHub and book your sessions:


If you need help accessing unihub click here for a quick guide

For further information about the Academic Skills Service please contact the Library Helpdesk