Hello and a massive welcome to all our new undergraduate students, we look forward to meeting you and getting to know you all this coming year. And welcome back to all returning students too! We are the Student Engagement team (you may also hear us referred to as the UniSkills team) and we are here to provide support with all aspects of your academic and information skills.
Head over to the Learning and Support Services Induction pages to find out more information about who lives in Catalyst, what they do and how they can support you and our Welcome (back) to Catalyst blog tells you more what facilities are available in the building.
There’s an interactive induction toolkit that you can work through at your own pace, which will introduce you to Library and Learning Services, Student Services and Careers. Or you can even watch an induction video if you prefer. If you haven’t had a chance to explore the facilities, make sure you find some time to book a Student Led Catalyst Tour or take a virtual tour with our Student Advisor, Maya today!
There’s even chance to win some Amazon eVouchers over the Welcome period in our ‘welcome competition’, so keep an eye out on our blog pages as further information about how to enter is coming soon.
The best place to find out more about how we can support you is to head over to the UniSkills web pages where there’s a wealth of information and support for all your academic skills available 24/7. You’ll discover interactive online toolkits, which contain loads advice to help you with assignment planning, critical thinking, punctuation, proofreading and much more. There’s also lots of handy guides and video tutorials too!
UniSkills Workshops and Webinars
Our popular Uniskills workshops and webinars programme launches w/c 11th October and covers a wide range of topics including academic reading, writing and referencing, effective exam preparation, finding academic resources, conducting a literature review, presentation skills and much more!
Get Going With UniSkills
If you’re keen to hit the ground running then why not join our Student Advisors all week Monday 4th to Friday 8th October at one of their lunchtime Get Going With UniSkills webinars. They will show you how to log in and navigate your Blackboard Institution homepage, how to find academic information for your assignments and tell you all about the support available from UniSkills!
If you require more specific support you can also book a 1-2-1 appointment with an Academic Skills Advisor who can work with you on a piece of work or research.
Finding Your Resources
To find all your print and electronic resources Discover More is the place to search. From here you can also access your online reading lists and, by clicking on the book titles, you can jump straight through to find out the items location and availability. You can collect items directly from the shelves and check them out on any of the self-issue machines located around Catalyst. If an item is unavailable (e.g. all out on loan) you can place a reservation and we will let you know when it is ready to collect.
As an Edge Hill student you also have access to thousands of high quality academic eResources. Your subject resource pages contain all the relevant journals and databases for your programme of study as well as links to newspaper collections, classroom resources, useful websites so you can keep up to date with current affairs and recent developments in your subject area. If you need any help finding your academic information or navigating your online resources don’t forget we have lots of handy UniSkills toolkits, videos and guides on the UniSkills pages – all available 24/7!
You Want It, We Get It
And, if there is ever a book or journal article that we don’t have in our collection you can ask us add a copy by using the You Want It, We Get it service. Just fill in the details on the form and we’ll do our best to get it in for you – how cool is that!
Further Help and Support
If you have any general enquiries about resources for your study, IT related enquiries or academic skills support you can contact the Catalyst Helpdesk Monday to Friday between 8am and 8pm and Saturday and Sunday between 10am and 6pm.
So, that’s everything we have to share with you today – we wish you all the very best for this coming academic year and look forward to supporting you soon!