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Skills enrichment programme

The Skills Centre runs a programme of skills masterclasses to enhance your academic performance and help you get the best grades possible for your work.

We want to help you develop the academic skills you need to get the most out of your studies and boost your employability skills.

Our skills enrichment programme is based on the most common areas for development identified in students' work.

The interactive sessions are carefully planned to help you at different stages of your academic journey, whether you are tackling your first essay, preparing for exams, or writing your dissertation.

Session summaries

Find out more about the skills enrichment sessions available.

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Academic writing

  • Improve your academic style: Discover how to write in the appropriate way and follow correct academic conventions in your assignments
  • Kickstart your assignment: Discover how to begin the assignment-writing process by analysing your title and creating a content outline and plan
  • Perfect paragraphs: Learn how to write great paragraphs, the foundation of all clear and compelling academic writing
  • Summarising and paraphrasing: Discover how to write critically and safely about the ideas of others in your work
  • Power introductions and conclusions: Learn how to make an excellent first and final impression in your assignment with a powerful introduction and conclusion
  • Reader-friendly writing: Learn some helpful hacks to make your writing ‘flow’ and guide your reader clearly and easily through your work
  • Report writing under the microscope: Examine the structure and style of a lab report in order to hone your scientific writing skills
  • Edit and proofread like a pro: Refine your editing and proofreading skills to polish your work, avoid embarrassing errors, and make an overall positive impact
  • Speculation in writing: Discover how to incorporate speculation in your writing to strike the right balance between potential scenarios and evidence-based claims

Other study and employability skills

  • Email and communication etiquette: Learn the do’s and don’ts of communicating by email at university and beyond
  • Listening in lectures: Develop sound listening techniques to ensure you get the most out of live and recorded lectures
  • Criticality: navigating knowledge landscapes: Over two sessions, explore the concept of knowledge production and 'criticality' in today’s information-rich age
  • Make the most of feedback: Explore how to use your tutors’ valuable feedback to upgrade your academic performance
  • Presentation skills: Over two sessions, practise how to design and deliver effective and engaging presentations at university and in the workplace
  • Referencing refresher: Recap on how to reference sources correctly to avoid plagiarism and be an ethical scholar
  • Strategic reading and note-taking: Explore a range of smart techniques to help you read and process large quantities of materials efficiently
  • Using assessment criteria to boost your grades: Discover how to use the rubric to understand fully how your assignment will be evaluated
  • Understanding argumentation: Gain insight into how arguments are structured so you can develop practical ways to criticise academic literature
  • Participating in seminars: Get some top tips on how to communicate your ideas clearly and listen actively so you get the most out of a seminar discussion
  • Taking part in meetings: Discover how workplace meetings work and what you might be expected to do before, during and after a meeting
  • Getting exam-ready: Explore tried and tested techniques to stay calm and positive throughout the exam season
  • Devising your exam strategy: Learn how to approach exams strategically and how to tackle different question types

More information

What you need to know about the sessions and how to book.

The sessions run each semester and are suitable for all students at all levels of study.

All sessions are 50 minutes except 'Presentation Skills' which is 110 mins per week and runs for two weeks.

Sessions are either in-person on campus or live online (LOIL) on Microsoft Teams.

Advance booking is required on MySkills. Before signing up for a session, please make sure that the day and time do not clash with your academic timetable by checking MyTimetable.

You can learn more about our skills enrichment sessions in the following student blogs:

Please note, sessions may be cancelled at short notice if there is insufficient take-up. We will advise you as soon as possible if a session is cancelled.

How to book

Book a session on MySkills Booking for Semester 1 2023/24 sessions is now open.

Contact us

If you have any questions about our skills enrichment programme, please get in touch.