Skills@Library in the University should provide more academic support to students 

Passed: March 2021 (16th)

What do you want? / Why do you want it? 

The Skills@Library provides a wide range of resources to students who would like to develop their academic skills and offers 1-1 appointments to students who are in need of academic support. This is beneficial to students’ learning journey in terms of enhancing their academic writing and preparing their research project, because students will have the opportunity to receive 1-1 support and receive more guidance on improving the quality of their work.

In particular, the individual support is extremely useful for students who struggle with Maths and Statistics. For example, a number of students reported that they experience difficulties in using statistical software for data analysis or they may find it very difficult to understand different types of statistical methods from reading the textbook.

However, each student is only permitted to have up to three sessions per semester. While appreciating the extra support provided by the university, a maximum of three sessions may not be deemed as desirable to deliver a good level of support to students who struggle academically, especially for students with special educational needs who are more likely to require more dedicated support in relation to their studies. Therefore, the university should ensure sufficient academic support for students and increase up to five 1-1 sessions per semester.

Expires: March 2024 (16th)

Submitted By: Vanessa Ngoshan Lo

Officer: Education 

Area of Work: Education Service Provision


February 2022:  Meg (Education Officer) has had ongoing conversations with the new Head of the Library on this, at the moment she is asking-- Will Skills@library have more sessions/support for students during strike action to make up for lost lessons etc. 

July 2021: There are plans to use the MA Management Programme and BA Business Management Programme as examples of mapping where academic literacies already happens, what opportunities exist or gaps. Ensuring learning outcomes are reflected appropriately. This will happen over the coming academic year.

March 2021: New Policy