The Skills Centre’s Digital and Academic Skills Team has produced a new Skills Referral Guide to help staff navigate the recommended academic skills resources available if their students require additional support.

The Referral Guide signposts resources in the key areas of, among others: writing; reading; critical thinking; presentations; time management; group work; exam preparation and digital skills. It briefly describes what each resource is and the specific ways in which they will help your students.

The guide also provides more information about the personalised support available through 1:1 writing tutorials and, in the run-up to exams, exams skills appointments.

Digital and Academic Skills Course Leader Tim Ratcliffe, who created the Skills Referral Guide, explains:

“The guide was originally designed for advisors in Student Services who deal with referred students, but it is relevant for all academic staff. It can be quite difficult locating the right resources to recommend, so this guide brings everything together in one place. It is hoped that the online format and navigation offers a user-friendly way in which to find the most relevant support, depending on the individual needs of the student.”

Acting Head of the Skills Centre, Sarah Williment, says:

“We know that, to varying degrees, the pandemic has resulted in skills gaps among the new cohort of students and we want to build their confidence with crucial academic skills as quickly as possible. We hope personal tutors will find this at-a-glance Referral Guide a useful aid to ensure their students develop in the areas identified as requiring additional support.”

If you have any feedback on the Skills Referral Guide, please contact the Digital and Academic Skills Team.