Academic Skills Centre

New students' skills web page goes live

Tue Nov 29 08:00:00 GMT 2016

Develop your skills at BathThe University, as part of an institution-wide initiative to enhance skills support for students, has launched a new Skills web page – go.bath.ac.uk/skills – to help students find the skills development opportunities they need more easily.

Aimed at helping students benefit from the comprehensive skills development opportunities provided by the University and the Students’ Union, this new web page is the first step in a wider project to design and develop a ‘one stop-shop’ Virtual Skills Hub. The plan is to include an online booking system and links with SAMIS.

Led by Maggie Ward Goodbody, Director of the Skills Centre, this initiative brings together all those involved in central skills provision including the Library, Students’ Union, Careers Service, Student Services and Placement teams. The Skills Centre itself now incorporates:

•    Academic Skills and Writing Centre
•    Pre-sessional English language and academic skills courses for international students
•    Extra-curricular foreign languages and the Self-Access Language Centre
•    Maths and Statistics (MASH)
•    International English Language Testing (IELTS)

Representatives from all the central skills providers are participating in two additional projects to develop:

•    A cross-institutional approach to the marketing and communications of skills provision
•    A University-wide consistent approach to quality assurance and student feedback.

In line with the launch of the new Skills web page, the first of a series of Skills Roadshows rolled out w/c 7 November as another way of drawing students’ attention to the skills provision available. The November Roadshow promoted the skills support available for students on writing assignments. The next Roadshow, which will focus on employability, will take place w/c 5 December.  

Commenting on these recent developments, Professor Peter Lambert, Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Learning & Teaching) said:

“I am delighted to see the launch of the new Skills web page and would like to congratulate the team of staff who worked hard to put this together. The initiative reflects growing demand for skills training and will enable us to really add value to the student experience.”

Following the launch of the Skills web page, the three project teams are now running student focus groups to inform future methods of communication regarding skills provision and the design of the Virtual Skills Hub. Discussions are also underway, as an integral part of the new Transforming Curricula & Assessment (TraCA) programme reviews, on the development of generic and subject-specific graduate attributes as a core part of a wider framework comprising skills, values, knowledge and attitudes for students.

For further information, please contact Maggie Ward Goodbody, Director, Skills Centre or Sarah Williment (formerly Turpin), Programme Manager for the implementation of the Skills Review.