Enhancing academic, maths and language skills

At Russell Group universities, professional support staff work in partnership with academic staff to help undergraduates and postgraduates get the most from their studies by running workshops for academic, maths and language skills.

For example, the University of Nottingham has a student services centre at each of its three campuses which students contact by phone or email or visit in person to access many services, including a personal and practical approach to academic study, with specialist academic support for students with dyslexia, dyspraxia and other specific learning difficulties.

The University of York's academic skills support has recently been enhanced through online academic skills tutorialswhich focus on critical thinking, managing reading, referencing and academic writing. The tutorials are designed to be a stimulating resource for all students and were developed by staff and students at the university, co-ordinated by the Learning Enhancement Team in the Academic Support Office.

Many students lack the confidence to cope with the maths element of their studies. At Cardiff University, the Maths Support Service provides all students, regardless of their course, with the chance to build the maths skills they need for success in their degree and future employment.

The services available include additional classes, general drop-in sessions and advice on online resources.

The Oxford University Language Centre has been operating for over 30 years. It supports members of the university and colleges who need foreign languages for study and research, academic exchange, and personal and professional development, through excellent library resources and a mixture of paid and free courses.

Undergraduate and postgraduate students can take a course in any of nine languages where it supports their studies, the only charge being a modest course registration fee. The Language Centre library holds an impressive range of materials covering 140 languages available for use by students and staff.

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