Academic skills

The University Study Skills Moodle page has advice on essay planning and structuring, academic and critical writing, dissertations, exam preparation, time management, as well as guides to academic referencing.

The Academic Skills Adviser offers one-to-one tutorials and group workshops focusing on the skills you need to be successful with your studies. Advice is for all students, no matter what level or degree you are studying. 

One-to-one tutorials

You can book a 30 minute one-to-one tutorial with the Academic Skills Adviser to look at a range of issues including:

  • Improving your essay planning and structure
  • Developing your academic writing
  • Referencing
  • Critical writing
  • Time management & organisation
  • Dissertations & research skills
  • Grammar & punctuation

 Tutorials are now delivered online through Microsoft Teams, rather than in person, due to the coronavirus. You can view available slots and book online on the University Study Skills Moodle page. 

Please note: this is not a proofreading service and the adviser cannot provide subject tuition. 

Email feedback

You can book email feedback with the advisor to look at a sample of your academic writing and get advice on areas like structure, flow, style, criticality and referencing. 

If you would like to book email feedback then please send a sample of your work to and let her know if there are any particular areas you would like the feedback to focus on. She will then confirm when you can expect to receive your feedback. 


A series of workshops run throughout semester 1 and 2 covering the essential skills for studying at University such as developing your academic writing style, planning and structuring essays and constructing an argument in academic writing. Due to the coronavirus, workshops are being run online and with some limited places on face-to-face workshops.

You can view the workshop schedule and book a place on the University Study Skills Moodle page.

Contact details

Alison Wright

Academic Skills Adviser
01243 816049