Accessibility statement

Academic support

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Many students worry about coping with the demands of academic work. This may be particularly true if you have been out of education for a while.

Throughout the academic year we run a series of study skills workshops aimed at first year mature students (although upper year students can attend). In the past year we have offered workshops on the following:

  • Referencing
  • Developing an Argument
  • Academic Writing
  • Note-taking
  • Presentation Skills
  • Report Writing
  • Making the Most of Feedback



Other useful information

Your Academic Supervisor is one of the people within the University that you can turn to for advice or help in relation to academic, developmental or personal matters.


The Student Skills Hub helps students improve their key academic skills in writing, maths, language and other academic skills.

There are also a number of online tutorials and a whole website on referencing.


For students who are struggling to use the IT systems, IT and online services offers information on how to use the IT systems that students at the University of York are expected to use.

You can also use the university’s skill guides and training sessions to increase your confidence.

Sometimes things happen that can seriously impair your performance in an assessment or prevent you undertaking the assessment at the scheduled time. If these events are unforeseeable and exceptional (i.e. serious and unusual) you may be able to defer an assessment or take it again. It is very important that you note the deadlines for submitting a claim. Speak to your personal supervisor as soon as possible and refer to the university’s guidance on exceptional circumstances.

The Students’ Union can also provide support on academic issues.