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Covid-19 update

Term 3 sessions will be delivered online - we're working on the details over the Easter vacation.

Academic skills lectures

Students participating in an interactive lecture

Learn to be an effective student in this series of interactive lectures.

This lecture series is for all students: undergraduate, masters and PhD students. You'll learn about what it means to be a university student, and develop some key academic skills to prepare you for essays and assignments.

Topics covered throughout the year include:

  • The Higher Education context: where are you and why are you here?
  • Academic writing: approaching assignments and writing for assessment
  • Reading and thinking: approaching academic reading and critical thinking
  • Participating in learning: how to get the most out of your studies
  • Dissertation writing: what is it and how to write one?


Click to find out more about each lecture and book your place.

If you want to learn more about dissertations, what it means to write a dissertation, and develop the academic skills to prepare you for writing your own dissertation, then follow this series of 15 minute talks.

Topics covered in the series include:

  • Dissertations:  What are they? Why do we write them? Who do they serve?
  • Literature reviews: making them fit their purpose; reading to write a review
  • Methodology and results: purpose, content, structure, style
  • Starting and finishing your dissertation to create an impact

We're working on creating online alternatives for these lectures - check back soon!

Can't make it?

Spaces are limited, so if you sign up for a lecture but can't make it, please cancel your place. To do this, follow the booking link for the lecture in the information above and cancel your booking.