Helping You to Study

Academic Support Centre (ASC)

The Academic Support Centre (ASC) is situated on the Upper Level of the Fifth Floor of the Summer Row Campus and can be accessed through the Library. Disabled access is via SR603.

The Centre is for all students and it is there to develop academic skills as well as improve students' coursework and examination outcomes. The ASC team seeks to give students opportunities to maximise their potential and move forward into further study or obtain the qualifications to enhance potential employability.

The Library Service

The UCB Libraries are based on two sites: you will find us on the Fifth Floor at Summer Row and the Fourth Floor at Richmond House. Most HE students will find their resources at Summer Row, but students studying Sports Therapy and Beauty Therapy Management will also find resources at Richmond House, where they are based for their practical sessions.

Beyond Books

The Library collection encompasses books, journals, newspapers, multimedia and online resources including e-books. Wherever available, an e-book is purchased to offer increased access when print copies are unavailable and to allow access when you are studying from home.

Please come to the Library for a tour of our resources.

Subject Librarians

There are four Subject Librarians dedicated to specific programme areas (see below). If you have any subject enquiries or questions about Library resources always contact your subject librarian:

Manjeet Dhillon: Tourism and the School of Education and Community

Dianne Hudson: The School of Sport and Creative Services

Fiona Murray: Hospitality and Events, The Business School and the College of Food

David Renfree: e-Resources

Using the Library

The counter staff in the Library are always available to assist you with the Self-Service System and to answer enquiries about your individual needs. You are also able to manage your library account online - renew items and reserve others - by logging on through the library catalogue.


Programme Type      No. of Items       Length of Loan

Undergraduate             12                      1 week or 3 week loan

Postgraduate               18                      (See book spine for 1-week loan)


You can renew up to 12 times unless the item is reserved by another user. Please remember to renew your books on or before the due date. You can renew online, at the self-service kiosk or by phone. Please contact your subject librarian or see the library staff for help.


Return your items by using the self-service kiosk in the Library. An "overdue" text message will be sent to your mobile phone if you ensure the Library has your current number. An email will be sent to your UCB account advising you of any overdue items.


Reservations, a maximum of 5 at any one time, must be completed online by logging in via the Library catalogue. Reserved items will be kept for your collection for 7 days after you receive the notification of availability to your UCB email account.


To avoid fines, renew your items in good time. A pre-overdue text message will be sent to your mobile phone if you ensure the Library has your current number. An email will be sent to your UCB account advising you of any overdue items. All overdue books incur a daily charge.

Using a Laptop

The Library is wi-fi enabled and there are quiet study spaces where you can use your own laptop and charge it up while working. The Library also has a laptop loan service to enable you to work on your own.

Learning Space

You will find that the Library offers quiet working space when you feel the need to concentrate fully on your current piece of work, while there are also individual study spaces in the main Library area which allow you to carry out some research near to the book collections.

If you wish to work as a group, there are working areas in McIntyre House and in ThinkSpace on the Sixth Floor. If you want to book a private room for a final run-through, email or call into Room 619 in the Summer Row Campus.

The Resource Centre (Ground Floor Summer Row Campus)

Please see the Student Portal for opening times.

Computers, Printers and Photocopiers

There are 130 computers in the Resource Centre, some of which are bookable in advance or on a drop-in basis, depending on availability. The printing facility offes photocopying, emailing and printing. Students are allocated a printing allowance at the beginning of the year. Additional printing credits can be purchased if required.

Assignment Tracking Service (ATS)

Non-electronic assignments can be submitted between the hours of 9:00am and 7:00pm Monday to Friday. The assignment service is not available at weekends. The deadline for full-time students is 4:00pm and for part-time 7:00pm. Students can track the progress of their assignments through the ATS and can collect them once marked.

Help Desk

There is a Help Desk situated on the middle level of the Centre. The staff provide IT support and general help and guidance.

Sales Counter

There is a wide range of stationery available for purchase. Laminating and binding facilities are available.


There are other wi-fi enabled areas in UCB with IT facilities and charging points:

  • Laptop loan service in the Summer Row Fifth Floor Library;
  • PCs in the Sixth Floor ThinkSpace;
  • PCs in the Ninth Floor Research Centre;
  • PCs in McIntyre House student social learning spaces.

English Language Support

Students for whom English is not their first language can receive free assistance in developing their academic language skills. English classes are timetabled in specific skill areas, such as academic reading, academic writing, listening and speaking; in addition, advisory sessions in all areas of English language usage are provided. A free language-checking service for assignments and dissertations is also available for those who regularly attend English language classes.

In addition, UCB offers pre-sessional English language courses (January, July and August) which are designed to prepare students for studying in the United Kingdom.

For details of the full range of services on offer and for information on how to make use of language support, please contact Stephen Dudley by email or by visiting him in Room 903 at Summer Row.

Personal Employability Development Plan (My PED Plan @ UCB)

All Universities and Colleges have to provide students with support in analysing and recording what is being learned across the programme as a whole and in planning how best to prepare for a career.

You will be focused on planning your professional and personal development because the degree for which you are studying is designed to lead directly to employment and the programme has been developed to give you evidence of skills that will be valued by employers. Your electronic ‘My PED Plan @ UCB’ is the medium for you to reflect on the ways in which you are learning and to document your developing Personal and Employability Learning skills.

It is clear what sorts of skills employers want when they employ graduates in our sector and all our programmes have been designed to give you plenty of opportunity to rehearse and demonstrate these employability skills.

Employers are more interested in your skills and competencies than in your knowledge, since the workplace is constantly evolving and a successful worker knows how to continue to learn about current issues and trends.