It may be cold outside but a warm welcome awaits all new students starting at Edge Hill in January. We’re really looking forward to meeting everyone and supporting you on this exciting journey. We’re the Student Engagement Team, also known as UniSkills and we’re here to ensure your academic experience is smooth sailing.

We understand that starting university can be overwhelming and filled with excitement, with a wealth of information to take in. However, not to worry as we’ve got you covered! Our team has thoughtfully compiled some essential details to help you navigate your first few weeks effortlessly. Within this handy blog, you’ll discover everything you need to know about your Learning and Support Services Induction, how to make the most of UniSkills support, and valuable tips to easily locate your academic resources.

Welcome new students. Find out how we can support you in your first few weeks and beyond.

Learning and Support Services Induction

To get started, head over to the Learning and Support Services Induction page, where you’ll find an engaging interactive toolkit waiting for you. Feel free to explore it at your own pace or simply watch the handy video recording instead. This induction will introduce you to the three essential support Services in Catalyst: Library and Learning ServicesStudent Services, and Careers. Learn about how each Service can enrich your experience and discover how easy it is to access their invaluable support.

If you’re curious about Catalyst and want to find out more about the services and facilities we’ve got the perfect solution. Join us for a Student Led Catalyst Tour! Our friendly Student Advisors will be available to give you a guided tour of the building, showcase its resources, and familiarise you with the available support.

DateTimeDurationMeeting Location
Wednesday 10 January12-2 (last tour 1.30pm)Approximately 20-30 minutesCatalyst Foyer
Wednesday 17 January12-2 (last tour 1.30pm)Approximately 20-30 minutesCatalyst Foyer
Monday 29 January12-2 (last tour 1.30pm)Approximately 20-30 minutesCatalyst Foyer
Tuesday 30 January12-2 (last tour 1.30pm)Approximately 20-30 minutesCatalyst Foyer
Wednesday 31 January12-2 (last tour 1.30pm)Approximately 20-30 minutesCatalyst Foyer
Thursday 1 February12-2 (last tour 1.30pm)Approximately 20-30 minutesCatalyst Foyer
Friday 2 February12-2 (last tour 1.30pm)Approximately 20-30 minutesCatalyst Foyer

If you can’t wait to visit Catalyst you can take a Student Led Virtual Catalyst Tour or explore our interactive 360 Catalyst Tour over on the Learning and Support Services Induction page.

Academic Skills Support – UniSkills

UniSkills provide a wide range of face-to-face and virtual support designed to help you develop your academic skills and confidence at University. A great place to begin exploring the support on offer is the UniSkills web pages. On here you’ll discover handy guides, video tutorials and interactive online toolkits all available 24/7 around a wide variety of topics including:

  • Getting Organised
  • Finding Academic Information
  • Academic Reading and Writing
  • Exam Preparation
  • Referencing and Academic Integrity
  • Presentations
  • Dissertations
  • And lots more!

UniSkills Workshops and Webinars

UniSkills offer workshops and webinars tailored to enhance your academic journey. Delve deeper into essential skills that will bolster your learning experience throughout university. Our wide array of topics includes academic reading, writing, referencing, effective exam preparation, finding academic resources, conducting literature reviews, presentation skills, and more!

You won’t want to miss our popular UniSkills Workshops, available throughout the academic year. Each term, we unveil a fresh programme with exciting opportunities. Most of our workshops are delivered online* via Blackboard Collaborate (*except Returning to Learning) and you have the flexibility to book as many sessions as you like. Mark your calendars! The spring workshop programme has already kicked off so you can get booking right now!


If you’re keen to hit the ground running you can join your Student Advisors again, all week Monday 5 to Friday 9 February as they take you on a virtual guided tour of:

  • Your Student Homepage
  • Finding and logging into your virtual learning environment (VLE)
  • Exploring the Institution Homepage and tips for navigating Blackboard
  • Where to find your library resources including books and eBooks
  • Overview of UniSkills academic skills support
  • Jargon busting Q&A opportunity

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One-to-One Appointments

As you embark on your university journey and begin tackling research and assignments, you might find the need for more in depth support. Fear not, our knowledgeable Academic Skills Advisors are here to guide you in developing your academic skills and strategies. Personalised one-to-one support is readily available, covering a diverse range of topics.

To benefit from this valuable support, you can book a one-to-one appointment with an Academic Skills Advisor through the student portal. The booking process allows you to select the most convenient date, time, and location, whether it’s an in-person meeting or an online session. Rest assured that the support you need is just a few clicks away!

Finding Your Resources

Before you begin writing your assignment you will need to think about your researchreading and resources. You can explore your print and electronic resources through the University Library search tool Discover More. Discover More enables you to locate physical books, eBooks and electronic journals in one handy place.

As an Edge Hill student have access to thousands of high quality academic eResources. These are particularly useful when you are working off campus as they can all be accessed online. Your Subject Resource pages contain relevant journals and databases for your programme of study as well as links to newspaper collections and useful websites. You can also check out your tutors essential and recommended resources on your Online Reading List.

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 Finding Academic Information web page – all available 24/7! You can also explore our UniSkills Focus On blog which tells you all you need to know about Reading Lists Online, Discover More and your subject resources.

Further Help and Support

Wow, that was a lot of information to to take in but you can always come back to this blog whenever you need a reminder.

If you have any questions or need any further support you can contact the Catalyst Helpdesk via Ask Us and in person:

  • Monday to Friday | 8am and 8pm
  • Saturday and Sunday | 10am and 6pm

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!