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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)

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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?

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.

  • Models for structuring reflection

    Learn about the models and theories that you can use to help structure your reflective work.

  • Team theory

    Learn about Belbin's team role theory, a number of other team development theories and assess the roles of members of your team.

  • Essay writing

    Learn to analyse essay questions, to write your own questions and to plan, prepare and write essays using the appropriate style and presentation.

  • "Quote, Unquote"

    "Quote, Unquote" is an authoritative source on author-date or 'Harvard' referencing. It contains the details of how to reference many types of sources and also gives advice on how to cite sources in your work.

  • Plagiarism

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