Academic Support Unit

The LMS Academic Support Unit (ASU)

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

  • understanding the difference between critique and critical analysis
  • correctly referencing sources in your assignments
  • structuring a dissertation
  • generic statistic support (Excel, SPSS)
  • knowing how to communicate effectively during oral presentations
  • effective revision techniques

ASU support for current students

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.

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.

One-to-One sessions

To help you with these challenges, our team of dedicated academic support staff offer generic help and advice through one-to-one sessions.

Do I need to book?

Yes, you need to book in advance. We also need an indication of what you would like to discuss, so you can be seen by the most appropriate member of staff.

To book an appointment please contact us via email including your ID number and query

What do I need to bring?

If the session is face-to-face, please bring your laptop or tablet, memory stick or a printed copy of the work you would like us to help you with. If the session is online or by phone you will need to discuss this with us in advance.

For all one-to-one sessions please come with specific questions, for example:

  • you don’t understand what you are required to do in an assignment
  • you need help with structuring your conclusion
  • you have been told that your language needs to be more formal

Please note, we do not proof-read work and you must contact us a minimum of 2 weeks before your submission deadline to discuss specific assessments.

How long can I spend with a tutor?

Each session lasts approximately 30 minutes.

graduating student with flowersWhat type of support can I get?

We will not be able to read your complete assignment, but we are able to offer targeted advice. We can, for example:

  • Help you to improve the structure of an individual paragraph
  • Provide guidance on referencing
  • Make sense of tutor feedback to improve your future assignments
  • Give advice on how to critically evaluate a short text
  • Direct you to further resources to help you with your studies (e.g. other UH workshops and on-line resources).


We provide a variety of sessions within a relaxed and inclusive environment for LMS students to develop confidence in their
study skills. Our workshops are free to all undergraduate and taught postgraduate students and include topics such as:

  • Statistics and SPSS
  • Exam revision techniques
  • Dissertation support
  • Presentation skills

Students will need to book their place in advance. Find out more about ASU workshops.

About the ASU

Get in touch

Email us including your name and ID number or call us on +44 (0)1707 286530.

We look forward to seeing you at our ASU one-to-one sessions.