Welcome Back to Your Studies from UniSkills

A warm welcome back to all our returning students!

Getting back into the flow of studying again after a break can feel exciting, but also challenging.  This year, our whole University community will be getting to grips with living our lives in new ways, whilst re-engaging in and enjoying our studies, both on and offline. You may feel like you are starting all over again, but whether you are anxious about returning to learning after a break, or are ready to dive in and take the opportunity to gain some new skills, UniSkills is here with lots of resources and support to help you stay on track and do the best you can.

UniSkills Webinars

All Edge Hill University students can join our interactive UniSkills webinars for a chance to learn, discuss, and improve their academic skills.  From the 5th October, you can choose from a wide range of online workshops to refresh and grow your skills. Take your pick from brand new and returning favourite sessions, and book yourself a place at ehu.ac.uk/workshops.

1-2-1 Academic Skills Support

Whether you have a draft up and running, want to nail your search strategies, or would like to focus on using feedback to develop, you can book a UniSkills 1-2-1 appointment with an Academic Skills Advisor here.

Learning Communities

Being part of a learning community and engaging in discussion and peer support with fellow students is one of the best things about studying at university, and is important to flourishing as a learner.  One place to forge these links, in an informal and friendly setting, is the UniSkills Returning to Learning (R2L) community. Sessions are running virtually this semester and take place fortnightly on a Wednesday afternoon (2-4pm), with the first one starting on October 21st. Make yourself a cup of something warm, and follow the booking link to join our friendly academic skills advisors Kat and Helen for a chance to meet other students, chat about your learning experiences, and discover study tips and strategies, as we settle back into University life together.

Keep in touch and we look forward to meeting you soon!  You can also get news about our latest events and activities by following us on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook and find more news and tips at the UniSkills Blog.

A UniSkills welcome to new Manchester St. James’ students!

Our campus at Manchester St. James’ is buzzing all year round – even more so now the new academic year has arrived.

The pavement outside the St James building is full of people all the way down Oxford Street, Manchester.

The first few weeks of University can seem a bit of a blur, with a lot of information to take on board.  This is why UniSkills is here all year round to offer friendly support with all aspects of your academic skills.  It doesn’t matter whether you are a complete beginner, further on in your studies, or nearing the end of your course.

The library at St James, with seating areas and book stacks, a student checking out a book at the self-issue machine near the windows.

Hit the ground running by checking out our web-pages. These are full of useful resources, tips, online tool-kits and guides, from Harvard Referencing to preparing for exams (tip: you probably don’t need to think about this quite yet!).

Manchester St. James’ students can book face-to-face appointments with an academic skills advisor on campus. Our individual UniSkills support can cover whatever you like, whether that’s referencing, searching for literature, looking at a draft, or planning your workload.  It’s up to you.  We are here to help you work towards achieving the best you can in your academic work, so head online to book your own 1-2-1.

The large clock above the main door of the neo-classical entrance to the St James building.

You can also visit the St James’ drop-in every Wednesday 2pm-4pm – no question is too small, and no appointment is necessary.

Friendly UniSkills workshops are also running throughout the year to help you grow your skills in academic writing, Harvard referencing, and preparing for exams. Bookings open 2 weeks before the workshop – book your place online: www.ehu.ac.uk/workshops

Best of luck to all our students and look forward to seeing you soon!

UniSkills Support at Manchester St. James’

Edge Hill’s St. James’ campus is situated on bustling Oxford Road, the hub of student-life in vibrant central Manchester – and (allegedly!) one of the busiest bus routes in Europe.

It’s home to students on Paramedic, Operating Department Practitioner and Surgical First Assistant courses. It also houses specialist resources and innovative equipment tailored to their becoming professionals, including a clinical skills lab (complete with its own ambulance), and an immersive simulation suite.

Read more about Manchester St. James’ campus.

At busy and challenging times, it can be easy to get distracted, even if it’s by the world going by outside the windows of the cosy library, so if you would like some further support with getting your work back on track UniSkills is here to help! From academic skills queries, to writing an assignment, putting presentations together, literature-searching, or learning how to use citation tools and get your referencing spot on.

You can check out our UniSkills toolkits on our webpages (or your My Library tab) any time but we also offer lots of friendly help and advice in person.  Manchester St. James’ students can self-book one-to-one appointments with our Academic Skills Advisor based on campus.  These 45-minute appointments are tailored to you and cover a wide range of academic and information skills: just pick a time and come along with your questions, assignment information, and any work you want to discuss.  Don’t worry about what stage your work is at – something is always better than nothing as a starting point.

If you have a quick question, you are more than welcome to call into the Manchester UniSkills Drop-In every Wednesday afternoon between 2-4pm for a chat.  If you’re working off campus, don’t forget about Ask Us: an online knowledge base for finding  answers to your questions, getting in touch, and accessing the support you need.

We’re also designing some new UniSkills workshops especially for St. James’ students – so if there is anything you’d like to see academic skills-wise please get in touch – we are here to support you in your learning, so you can achieve your goals!