Academic Support Unit

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Supporting our students to fulfil their potential

We understand that as a university student you may face academic challenges that you need help to overcome. These may include:

  • writing assignments using appropriate academic English
  • understanding the difference between critique and critical analysis
  • generic statistic support for example in using Excel and SPSS
  • correctly referencing sources in your assignments
  • structuring a dissertation
  • knowing how to communicate effectively during oral presentations
  • effective revision techniques.

We offer bookable 30 minute one-to-one sessions and group workshops, which will help you to improve your study skills. You can find out more about these below.

Who can access this support?

Academic support is available to all undergraduate and taught postgraduate students currently registered on a course within the School of Life and Medical Sciences. Please visit our ASU StudyNet site for full details of our support services, a list of our upcoming workshops, calendar of university-wide support sessions and further information.

How does it work?

From September 2020 onwards we have enhanced our provision of remote sessions while continuing to provide ongoing face-to-face support on campus. The aim of this is to ensure that our services suit different student lifestyles, preferences and needs.

With all our services you will receive guidance and instructions prior to the session taking place to ensure you are able to access support safely and securely. Please ensure you read the guidance carefully and get in touch with us in advance if you have any questions or concerns. You can find further information and guidance by accessing our StudyNet site.

How to contact us

You can find us in Room C106, Main Building, College Lane Campus but if you are off-campus you can also contact us in the following ways:


Tel: +44(0)1707 286530 (ext 3530)

I would like to say thank you for your ongoing support throughout my final year. Receiving academic skill support has made a significant difference to my grades and I would like to express my gratitude for this.

Final year BSc (Hons) Dietetics student

The skills I have learnt from ASU sessions have been transferrable as I’ve been able to apply them to other areas of my course. The ASU are positive, friendly and helpful. I am very grateful.

MSc Psychology student