Academic Skills Centre

Updated 24/03/20

In response to the Prime Minister’s announcement yesterday evening - Monday 23rd March, our campuses are now closed. Please ensure you utilise all online resources available. Staff are contactable via email and phone, so please feel free to contact us as normal, but from a distance at home. We are still available remotely to assist you and offer any support you need.

Cambrian Hall & The Maltings will remain open and we'll continue to communicate with residents.

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The Academic Skills Centre (ASC) within CASE offers a range of study-based help delivered by a team of specialist lecturers.

So, if you are baffled by an assignment, need guidance with structuring an essay or are unfamiliar with the art of referencing, there is always someone you can turn to – and the advice is free.

The ASC is open to every student who attends UCB, from school-leavers enrolling on college courses to students taking postgraduate degrees.

All students can make 30-minute appointments for one-to-one help each week at our Summer Row building. If it is more convenient, you can just turn up at one of the daily drop-in sessions held during term time.

If you are a college student, you can also use our drop-in centre ‘The Pod’ to see one of our expert advisers at our base at Richmond House (4th Floor Library).

What do the sessions cover?

The sessions are driven by what you need, which might include help with:

  • Assignments and projects, including how to structure your work
  • Essay writing – i.e. does your copy flow and read well – and are you using the correct language?
  • Report writing skills
  • Tips on how to get a better grade
  • Getting started with presentations – and how to improve them
  • Building your portfolio of work
  • How to use referencing
  • Subject specific workshops
  • Understanding lecturers’ feedback

ASC lecturers will suggest strategies to improve your academic performance. You don’t have to be struggling with your studies to seek help – staff are also keen to assist students who are achieving good grades, but want to ensure they maintain and improve their performance. 

What our students say

"Initially, I wanted advice on referencing and one of my lecturers suggested the Centre for Academic Skills and English. A lot of students are apprehensive about asking for help but there is no need to be. Anyone can get support. It is just a case of opening the door and going in. Staff in CASE have done Masters degrees and they know what they are doing. They give you different angles to look at your work. They are a great sounding board and the expert feedback is invaluable. When I visit the centre, I can see the difference in the quality of my work. CASE has supported me hugely and put me on the road to success."

Richard Johnson, BA Hospitality Business Management student

Virtual tour

Take a look around the Academic Skills Centre.