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Semester 1 skills development

Find out about the skills development opportunities available for students in Semester 1 2023/24.


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Opportunities to develop your skills.

Semester 1 2023/24 programme

At-a-glance programme of skills development opportunities this Semester:

When Who for Purpose Information
Academic skills
Skills enrichment workshops Tues/Weds at different times All students Develop key skills to enhance your academic performance and boost your employability Weeks 2-11. 50 mins. LOIL & in-person. Booking required.
Writing drop-in Tues/Thurs 12.15-2.05pm - alternates with Academic Writing Circles All students Ask any question about academic writing In-person in the Skills Zone. No booking required.
Academic Writing Circles Tues/Thurs 12.15-2.05pm - alternates with writing drop-in All students Discuss and improve different aspects of your writing with peers In-person in the Skills Zone. Booking required.
1:1 writing tutorials Different days/times All students Individual support to develop your academic writing 20 mins. Online. Feedback by email also available. Booking required.
Online resources n/a All students Develop academic skills independently Self-access.
Maths & statistics
MASH drop-in 12.15-2.05pm daily All students Ask any maths, statistics or programming question In-person in the Skills Zone. Runs all semester including exam period. No booking required.
Python drop-in Tues 3.15-4.05pm 1st year maths students Ask any Python question In-person. No booking required.
Year 1 maths drop-in See timetable 1st year maths students Ask any question about year 1 mathematics units In-person. Run all semester excluding exam period. No booking required.
MASH 'Training Space' sessions Different days/times 1st year students who required maths for their course Run up to week 3. Explore 'Training Space' maths topics LOIL. Booking required.
1:1 statistics appointments Different days/times Students doing project work Help with any statistical problems relating to project work In-person in the Skills Zone or online. Run all year. Booking required.
Online resources n/a All students Develop numeracy, mathematics, statistics and typesetting skills independently Self-access.
Languages & intercultural skills
General English course Tues & Thurs: 6.15-7.45pm Students using English as a second language Improve English language Start week 2. In-person. New students need to complete a placement test.
Foreign languages courses Different days/times All students Develop language and employability skills Start week 2. Most 10 weeks. LOIL & in-person. 8 languages at different levels. Student enrolment opens 25 Sep.
British Studies courses See course information Visiting & exchange students Deepen your understanding of British literature, culture & English linguistics Weeks 1-11 (11 weeks). In-person. Booking required.
Peer Assisted Learning (PAL) language sessions Different days/times All students Develop language/intercultural skills informally In-person. Sessions in different languages run by student PAL leaders.
Virtual Exchanges To be arranged All students Develop language/intercultural skills with a partner overseas Available for Arabic, Chinese, French, Italian and German.
Language Café Thurs 26 Oct, 1-2pm All students Practise language skills informally In-person in the The Edge. Refreshments provided. Booking required.
Languages drop-in Mon & Weds: 12.15-1.15pm All students Get help and support with French (Mon) and German (Weds) In-person in the Skills Zone. No booking required.
Careers/Languages drop-in Alternate Wednesdays, 1.30-3.00pm All students Find out how to develop language and employability skills In-person in the Careers Centre, WH 2.24. No booking required.
Digital skills
Code First Girls (CFG) courses Varies All female/non-binary students Develop coding skills Range of free online courses available.
Code First Girls information event Tues 24 Oct, 4-5pm All female/non-binary students Find out about CFG's free coding classes 'Futureproof your career with CFG - South West introduction call'.
Online resources n/a All students Assess and develop your digital capabilities independently Self-access.

Table abbreviations: LOIL = live online interactive learning; n/a = not applicable.

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Information events

Skills Centre staff will be available at a series of information events in the Library throughout Semester 1. Come along and ask us any questions about developing your academic and employability skills.

Week Date Time What can you find out about?
Welcome Tues 26 Sep 11.00am-2.00pm Languages courses
1 Tues 3 Oct 12.15-2.05pm Semester 1 skills opportunities
6 Tues 7 Nov 12.15-2.05pm Academic writing
10 Tues 5 Dec 12.15-2.05pm Exams preparation

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