Centre for Academic Skills and English (CASE)

Tailored support to help you shine

Baffled by an assignment? Not sure where to start with structuring an essay? Or do you need guidance on presentations and exams? Whatever your needs, there is always someone here who you can turn to – and the advice is free.

Our Centre for Academic Skills and English (CASE) offers tailored support to all students at University College Birmingham, enhancing your study experience and helping you achieve your goals. We offer a range of support and resources, while our friendly staff are always available for you to chat to in the strictest confidence.

How CASE can help you

  • Academic Skills Centre (ASC) – providing academic support through one-to-one or small group sessions
  • CASE Toolkits – digital resources to help you develop your academic skills online
  • CASE SENsitive – offering support and advice for students with additional needs or disabilities

Academic Skills Centre (ASC)

Based within CASE, our Academic Skills Centre (ASC) is open to all our higher and further education students, offering a range of study-based support delivered by specialist lecturers to help you discover your full potential.

You can make 30-minute one-to-one appointments each week at The Link (6th floor), or if it is more convenient, you can come to one of our daily drop-in sessions during term time.

If you are a college student, you can also meet one of our expert advisers at ‘The Pod’, our drop-in centre at Richmond House (4th floor library).

Thanks to the ASC, I was able to access mentoring to help with issues such as anxiety and receive study skills support to assist me with academic writing and assignments, while my allowance has also helped towards the cost of a computer for my studies.

Ross Yates Bakery and Patisserie Technology FdSc

What do sessions cover?

Sessions with the ASC are driven by what you need, which might include help with:

  • Assignments and projects, including how to structure your work
  • Essay writing – how your text flows, 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 – our staff are also keen to assist students who are achieving good grades but want to ensure they maintain and improve their performance. 

ASC opening times

The Link (for higher education students)

Term time

Monday to Thursday – 9am-7pm
Friday – 9am-4pm
Saturday and Sunday – closed

Vacation

Opening hours vary and are advertised at the time.

Please note the ASC is closed on all bank holidays. We are also closed for a two-week period over Christmas and New Year – exact dates will be available nearer the time. Alternatively, please check the contact us page, where Christmas closure information will be published in December.

Richmond House (for further education students)

Term time

Monday – 12pm-4pm
Tuesday to Friday – 9am-4pm
Saturday and Sunday – closed

Vacation

Closed

Please note we are also closed for a two-week period over Christmas and New Year – exact dates will be available nearer the time. Alternatively, please check the contact us page, where Christmas closure information will be published in December.

CASE Toolkits: Boost your skills online

In addition to the ASC, we also provide a range of digital resources to help further develop your academic skills.

Our CASE Toolkits offer a variety of online materials including videos, fact sheets and quizzes covering an array of subjects, from referencing or how to plan and structure academic writing to reading and lecture listening skills, presentation skills, critical thinking and exam techniques.

To sign up for a CASE Toolkit, simply click the link provided on your Canvas dashboard to start our quick and easy enrolment process.

CASE SENsitive: Disability support

Every student at University College Birmingham is entitled to an equal and outstanding learning experience, and we welcome everyone regardless of physical disability, medical conditions or other specific special needs.

Whether it's holding regular one-to-one sessions or providing additional tools and materials, we can offer individual assistance and guidance to support you throughout your studies.

Find out more about disability support

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