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Academic staff - support guide: Skills Support

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Book an appointment (students)

Students can book an appointment (either individual or small group) with a Skills Adviser. Students can choose from the following type of appointments:

  • Study skills
  • IT and study skills
  • Maths & Statistics
  • Information search skills

Study Skills Workshops and Webinars

Workshops, masterclasses and Webinars are available from the Skills Team for many aspects of academic skills development.

For more information on how to book an appointment or how to book a place on a workshop or masterclass see the Skills Team webpages.

For information on support available from the Archives team see the Hull History Centre website.

Academic staff support

The Skills Team within the University Library provides both teaching and research support for academic members of staff. 

Supporting Teaching
The Skills Team can help support academic staff with embedding skills development practices into the curriculum. Support can include:

  • Helping to develop skills development resources for taught sessions or as online resources in Canvas
  • Acting as consultants and course designers for skills-related areas of the curriculum
  • Supporting your delivery of skills-related content through providing and contextualising session plans, online content, Microsoft PowerPoint presentations and handouts
  • Providing direct teaching in the curriculum where appropriate, specifically where it helps to have an expert from our team support a lecture or other session
  • Helping you develop new skills so you can pass these on to your students
  • Training on the reading list software, Talis Aspire
  • Supporting the provision of Peer Assisted Study Sessions (PASS) in your academic modules.

Supporting Research
The Skills Team can support research and academic staff with their own skills development. Our areas of expertise include:

  • Expert literature searching and systematic review
  • Bibliographic management (EndNote & RefWorks)
  • Specialist analysis software (NVivo to expert level & introductory use of IMB SPSS)
  • Microsoft Office for research purposes
  • Survey Design and JISC OnlineSurveys
To arrange a teaching consultation or research appointment, please use the webform on the Academic Skills Support page. 

Skills Leaders

The Skills Team run workshops each semester covering different study skills. Skills Leaders help run these workshops by facilitating activities that cement the teaching delivered by the Skills Advisers.

Skills Leaders also promote the services of the Library. Skills Leaders are provided with facilitation and study skills training to help them with their role. 

Peer Assisted Study Skills (PASS) Programme

PASS is an established initiative within the University, supported by the Skills Team. PASS involves higher year student volunteers working in pairs with small groups of first year students in weekly timetabled sessions. 

PASS is not designed to replace interactions between staff and students. PASS sessions are always based on existing materials, so that the student leaders are not put in a position where they feel they need to teach. PASS has been developed to enhance the student experience by helping students to develop their academic skills while fostering a sense of community.

PASS is discipline based and is usually attached to a challenging first year module. The leaders don't re-teach material; they help first year students work together using facilitation strategies specifically designed for PASS. 

For more information see the PASS webpages.