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Higher Education Skills

Higher Education Skills

HE Skills

These sessions are designed to prepare you for aspects of higher education study which you may not have encountered while at school or college.

In 2019, attendees took part in the following sessions:

Critical Analysis

Critical analysis is an essential skill to develop, no matter what subject you aim to study. The session introduced attendees to critical analysis, including what it is and why it's important at university.


While at university, it's very important that every significant source of information should be formally acknowledged, whether you employ your own words or quote directly. This session aimed to introduce the skillset of academic referencing, and will gave some practice in referencing in the Harvard at Newcastle style.

Library Orientation

This self-guided session introduced the four libraries which make up Newcastle Univeristy Library. The orientation helped to show:

  • The study spaces and facilities available across campus.
  • How to find books and journals.
  • The services available to all Newcastle University students.

HE Skills Extra

In addition to the core HE Skills sessions, we also host a range of optional HE SKills Extra sessions. They are designed to introduce you to the services available to you once you start at Newcastle University.

In 2019, attendees could take part in the following sessions:

Putting the Fun into Funding

Developed by our student finance team, this session helped students to make the most of the money available while at university. The session included:

  • Information and advice on available scholarships
  • How to budget
  • Where to get help if you get into financial difficulties

British Red Cross - First Aid Skills

Delivered by the British Red Cross, the sessions introduced students to the basics of first aid, with the aim of increasing confidence and awareness of giving first aid to others.

Street Scientists

At this interactive workshop the Street Science team introduced students to some of the fun experiments that they take out to the public.

Guided Meditation

This gentle guided meditation session helped students to chill out and recharge their batteries.

Language Resources Centre

An introduction to the language development opportunities that are available to all Newcastle University students, regardless of subject. The event included a tour of the Language Resource Centre and activities that make use of some of our state-of-the-art equipment and resources!

Introduction to Clubs & Societies

Students discovered more about the hundreds of clubs and societies that they can be a part once they begin studying in September.

Writing Development Centre Introduction

The Writing Development Centre is the University’s study skills team, offering guidance on everything from critical thinking to writing essays and revising for exams. This session looked at the step up to university study from the perspective of writing – what does it mean to write like a university student?