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Skills Enrichment: Semester 1

A range of academic skills sessions throughout Semester 1 to help you get the most out of your studies.

We want to help you develop the right skills so you get the most out of your academic studies and achieve the best grades possible.

Our Skills Enrichment courses and one-off academic writing sessions have been carefully planned to support you at each stage of your academic journey, from getting started on your first assignment to preparing for assessments.

Further details about the sessions are provided below. They will be delivered live online on Microsoft Teams.

Bookings for these sessions will open on MySkills in late September 2021.

Timetable: Semester 1 2021/22

Two students developing their academic skills, sitting in the University Library and working on laptops.
Academic skills sessions: Semester 1

Discussion Skills

This course is for all students who use English as a second language. It is designed to enhance your English language discussion skills and build your confidence with spoken communication. You will develop your vocabulary and grammar and your speaking, listening and pronunciation skills.

Visiting and Exchange students can obtain three credits taking this course.

Course length Day Dates Time Duration
10 weeks Weds 13 Oct to 15 Dec 14:15 or 18:15 1.5 hours

Presentation Skills

Giving presentations is a vital skill that you will need in your studies and in your future work. This four-hour course will help you to plan, practise and increase your confidence in delivering presentations, whether face-to-face, online or in a group.

You will learn the skills that make effective presenters and presentations and have the opportunity to record and receive constructive feedback and advice on a short presentation. Suitable for all students at all stages of their studies.

Course length Day Dates Time Duration
2 weeks Weds 13 Oct & 20 Oct 12:15 2 x 2 hours
2 weeks Weds 3 Nov & 10 Nov 12:15 2 x 2 hours
2 weeks Weds 24 Nov & 1 Dec 12:15 2 x 2 hours

One-off academic writing sessions

These one-hour sessions are designed to support your success with certain aspects of academic writing. Suitable for all students at all stages of their studies. Choose the sessions in the areas you want to develop.

Week Day Date Time Session name
2 Mon 11 Oct 18:15 Analysing Assignment Titles
Tues 12 Oct 18:15 Planning & Organising your Assignment
Thurs 14 Oct 18:15 Writing Introductions & Conclusions
3 Mon 18 Oct 18:15 Paragraph Construction
Tues 19 Oct 18:15 Summarising & Paraphrasing Sources
Thurs 21 Oct 18:15 Making your Writing Flow
4 Mon 25 Oct 18:15 Writing Critically
Tues 26 Oct 18:15 Academic Style
Thurs 28 Oct 18:15 Analysing Assignment Titles
5 Mon 1 Nov 18:15 Writing Introductions & Conclusions
Tues 2 Nov 18:15 Analysing Assignment Titles
Thurs 4 Nov 18:15 Planning & Organising your Assignment
6 Mon 8 Nov 18:15 Making your Writing Flow
Tues 9 Nov 18:15 Paragraph Construction
Thurs 11 Nov 18:15 Summarising & Paraphrasing Sources
7 Mon 15 Nov 18:15 Academic Style
Tues 16 Nov 18:15 Writing Introductions & Conclusions
Thurs 18 Nov 18:15 Writing Critically
8 Mon 22 Nov 18:15 Writing Critically
Tues 23 Nov 18:15 Paragraph Construction
Thurs 25 Nov 18:15 Planning & Organising your Assignment
9 Mon 29 Nov 18:15 Summarising & Paraphrasing Sources
Tues 30 Nov 18:15 Making your Writing Flow
Thurs 2 Dec 18:15 Proofreading & Editing

Course descriptions

Analysing Assignment Titles

In this session you will practise analysing assignment titles. This will help you to complete tasks to the best of your ability and show the marker that you understand the question.

Planning & Organising your Assignment

In this session you will develop your planning and organisation skills to bring clarity to your writing.

Writing Introductions & Conclusions

In this session you will develop the structure of introductions and conclusions to ensure your message is clearly communicated.

Paragraph Construction

In this session you will improve the structure of paragraphs to support your ideas and arguments.

Summarising & Paraphrasing Sources

In this session you will develop your summarising and paraphrasing skills to increase understanding and give credibility and authority to your writing.

Making your Writing Flow

In this session you will learn how to tie your ideas together and guide the reader through your writing.

Writing Critically

In this session you will develop your writing skills to show how you interpret evidence, demonstrate your understanding and your stance.

Academic Style

In this session you will develop your style to write in a way that will convince the marker that you understand what you are talking about.

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

Bookings will open on MySkills in due course.

Self-access academic skills resources

A range of short online skills development modules is also available on academic writing, study skills and other topics for you to access in your own time. View the modules here.

You can also find a wealth of useful tips and hints on how to get the most out of your studies in the Academic & Employability Skills blog.

Skills enrichment opportunities during Semester 1

Skills Co-Creator Mackyla introduces the skills enrichment sessions available to all students during Semester 1, academic year 2021-22.


Contact us

If you have any questions about the Skills Enrichment sessions, please get in touch!