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, 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.
Support for students
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.
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.
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.
Help with referencing
You can chat online with an advisor about any referencing queries. The service is available Monday – Friday, 12:00pm - 1:00pm during term time.
The Library provides two fantastic tools that you can access right now.
Support for staff
We support staff with their writing and deliver academic skills workshops to support students within specific modules. Please contact us at email@example.com to arrange a workshop for your students.
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.
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.
ASk was formerly known as the Writing and Learning Centre.