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Working in Partnership

Working in partnership to provide support for education

The Liaison and Academic Skills teams are committed to developing our students’ academic literacies and study skills in partnership with academic staff.

What the Liaison and Academic Skills teams will do:

  • offer advice to help you identify your students’ information and academic skills needs, and how these might be addressed in a sustainable, accessible way
  • design lectures, workshops, blended learning (including VLE) material and other educational activities to meet your students’ specific needs, to be delivered by us or by you as mutually agreed
  • co-develop and co-teach sessions with you
  • review teaching sessions and embedded VLE material each year to continually improve them in conjunction with feedback from you and your students

What academic staff can do:

  • engage with us in early dialogue to plan for teaching, and request our availability when submitting a request to timetabling services
  • discuss with us the context of the teaching session or VLE material, where it sits in the programme/module/curriculum, and when and how it is linked to assessment or learning outcomes
  • help us understand and target student learning needs by discussing with us any issues commonly arising in your assessment, or feedback from students
  • work with us to embed a teaching session at the optimal point in the module so that students can reflect on and put guidance into practice in a timely way in the context of their current work
  • provide examples of research topics or samples of authentic text where relevant to enable us to tailor workshop materials to the discipline
  • promote our teaching sessions to your students, along with our VLE material, to enable them to see the connections between the skills and competencies they can develop now that will help them in their chosen field
  • provide us with feedback on the impact of our teaching sessions and VLE materials on your students, to enable us to improve and refine our offer

What students can do:

  • take responsibility for your learning
  • participate fully in teaching sessions, offering input, and asking questions
  • decide how to make the best use of the sources of help available to you for your needs, whether in person or online
  • provide us with feedback on Library teaching provision (whether face to face or the use of VLE materials), enabling us to improve and refine our offer to you and other students.

We would be happy to meet with you to discuss your students’ academic skills and information literacy development further.

The scheduling of teaching is dependent on resourcing and availability. Due to high demand for teaching sessions and our other activities, we may not be able to accommodate all requests. We aim to prioritise sessions, which are fully embedded in modules.