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Academic Skills – Bath Spa University

ASk (Academic Skills)

The Academic Skills service (ASk) is a resource for the whole University. We're here to support you in your academic work, at any stage of your academic career.

Based in Commons (Newton Park campus) the ASk team is here to help students and staff in their academic pursuits. Whether you’d like some feedback on your writing or help with Maths and Stats, we offer a range of support, both in-person and online:   

  • Feedback on your written assignments 
  • Academic and digital skills workshops 
  • Advice on academic referencing 
  • Help with Maths and Statistics.

Appointments are available both in-person and online. Students on low residency courses or placements can ask for feedback via email. 


ASk is open during the vacation! 1:1 appointments are available in-person at Newton Park campus, and online.  

Based in Commons (Newton Park campus) the ASk team is here to help students and staff in their academic pursuits. We offer a range of support, both in-person and online:  

  • Feedback on your assignments  
  • Advice on academic referencing.

Support for students

1:1 appointments

Book an appointment at a time that suits you. Appointments are available Monday-Friday 9am-5pm and there is a choice of online or in-person.  

If you've chosen an online appointment, you'll be sent a calendar invite so that you can log into the appointment at the correct time. 

In-person appointments are held in Newton Park's Commons building (opposite Costa). 

We can work with you on a one-to-one basis to provide feedback on your academic assignments, including advice on structure and academic writing styles. Here’s what you need to know: 

  • You can book up to two appointments per assignment, or up to four for a dissertation. PhD thesis chapters are treated as individual assignments. 
  • You need to book appointments one at a time. You can book a second appointment once you’ve attended your first appointment.  
  • Please have some work or drafts ready to share during the appointment. 
Drop-in: vacation time

We don’t hold a drop-in service during the vacation. To get help with an assignment please book a 1:1 appointment. 

Students on low residency courses and placements 

Feedback is available by email for students on placement or low residency courses. 

Please send us a query; attach your work and include your student number in the message headline. Let us know what kind of help you need, for example, referencing or structure. Please include the assignment brief as well. 

We do our best to reply to queries within 3 working days, but at busy times there may be a delay of up to 5 working days before your essay feedback is available. 

Alternatively, you can book an online appointment

Guidance on the use of GenAI

Ever wondered how to use AI tools as a student – or if you should use it at all? Our guide on Generative AI for students will clear up some of your questions, and you can also get help from us via a workshop on how to use Generative AI ethically for your assignments. 

Help with referencing

Referencing online drop-in service

We don’t hold a drop-in service during the vacation. To get help with your referencing please book a 1:1 appointment.

Online referencing resources

The Library provides two fantastic tools that you can access right now.  

  • Cite Them Right Online: clear and concise referencing guidance with examples to help you confidently create references in your academic assignments.  
  • RefWorks: a reference management system that you can use to create bibliographies. 

Skills workshops

We offer a wide range of Academic and Digital Literacy Skills workshops to all students and staff. Book now; simply scroll to the event that you’d like to book or use the filters to narrow down your search.  

Students – are you and your peers interested in a workshop? We may be able to offer student workshops to groups of five or more. Please send us a message to arrange. 

Support for staff

We support staff with their writing and deliver academic skills workshops to support students within specific modules. Please contact us at to arrange a workshop for your students. 

Online resources

Resources in our virtual community space offer hints and tips on a wide range of academic skills including academic writing, referencing, Maths and Statistics, digital literacy and critical thinking.

Contact us

ASk was formerly known as the Writing and Learning Centre.

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