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Our podcast series explores a variety of academic skills topics such as essay writing, plagiarism and statistics.

Latest episode (23rd Nov)

Report writing


Discover 'Quote, Unquote', our guide to Harvard referencing, and our series of Little Books, which cover a range of academic skills you will find useful during your time at university.

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Welcome to Skills for Learning

Skills for Learning is a collection of resources to support the learning and teaching of academic skills.

Developing your academic skills is an essential part of successful study at university and your future employability. Academic skills include the use of IT, numeracy, academic literacy, problem solving, critical thinking, working with others and research skills.

We also offer Skills for Learning workshops and tutorials on academic communication, maths and IT skills.

Off-campus access: If you are accessing the site off-campus, you will be asked to log in using your user id and password from your student card. For more information, see our Frequently Asked Questions page.

What you'll find on Skills for Learning

Resource collections

Further information on workshops and tutorials can be found on the Workshop and Tutorials page.

To book onto a workshop, please visit the Skills for Learning workshop calendar.

What's new?

  • Creativity and problem solving

    Learn the importance of creativity and how to use various techniques to help you solve problems.

  • Professional Skills theme

    Learn how to work effectively in a group, improve your time management, and identify techniques for creative problem solving.

  • Abstracts

    Understand what abstracts are for and how to write one for your dissertation or report.

  • Learning and Study theme

    Find out about different methods of assessment, learn how to manage your studies independently and confidently.

  • Exam preparation and revision

    Learn preparation and revision techniques for exams and different techniques to improve memory.

  • Global Student theme

    Improve your cultural awareness, consider your global perspective, and discover approaches to learning a new language.

Popular resources

  • Critical thinking

    An introduction to critical thinking at University. Learn how to analyse arguments used in sources and how to improve your own arguments.

  • Time management

    Analyse how you use your time, identify areas for improvement and learn how to prioritise academic work and other activities.

  • Plagiarism

    Understand what plagiarism is, why it matters, and what you can do to avoid plagiarism in your work.

  • Mathematical Operations

    Understand the four main mathematical operations, powers and the sequence in which operations should be tackled in calculations.

  • Report writing

    Find out about the sections that should be included when writing a report and the correct writing style that should be used.

  • The research process

    Identify different types of research, the purposes of research, and the stages of a research project.