Routemaster – Steps to Success – Semester 2

Routemaster2In semester 1 Learning Services ran sessions on developing academic skills and employability skills for all students. Following their success a new set of sessions are running for semester 2.

Academic skills topics include writing for your dissertation, referencing and academic writing. There is even a Collaborate online session on locating resources which you join remotely from your computer. The academic skills session take place February – April 2014.

The employability sessions take place May 2014, when you may be thinking about employment, and cover topics such as your digital tattoo, your online presence, finding information in the workplace and an introduction to the ECDL.

To view the calendar which details all the topics covered, go to Your Route to Success and click on any date to make a booking. You can book any session up to 2 weeks in advance (3 weeks for Collaborate).

Look out in the Library for the printed Routemaster brochure which also gives full details of all sessions.

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Award-winning Student Assistants!

Have you noticed our award-winning Student Assistants, resplendent in their red sweatshirts answering enquiries in the library?

At the Employability Awards Evening organised by the Careers Centre on Tuesday 23 April, the Student Assistant team who work in the University Library, Ormskirk won the Student On-Campus Employee Team Award.

This award celebrates students or teams of students who work within their university or college including those working in students’ unions or other departments on campus.

In presenting their awards, Deputy Vice-Chancellor Steve Igoe commended them for their professional and committed attitude and their relaxed, informal style which is communicated to the enquirer.

He also mentioned the unforeseen advantage to employing students in this way is that the organisation has also benefited from their valuable insights into how our services and resources are organised and perceived.

The Student Assistants are based at the ‘Ask’ desk on the first floor of the University Library, Ormskirk. They deal with a range of with basic enquiries including finding books and journals, demonstrating eResources, referencing, navigating Learning Services web pages, using reprographics equipment and ICT issues.

If you have any questions don’t hesitate to ask.

Michael Stores

Michael Stores

Academic Liaison and Skills Librarian

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Support for developing academic skills






Learning Services launched its semester 1 timetable of skills session in October and within 2 weeks the whole of our programme (including the Saturday School in November) was fully booked.

The programme ‘Steps to Academic Success’ is a range of academic skills workshops, providing students with opportunities to help them succeed at university. Due to the success of our original dates we have added some extra dates in November.

Tuesday 6th November 4:00 – 5:00 pm Developing your academic writing

Monday 12th November 4:00 – 5:00 pm Critical analysis and essay planning

Friday 16th November 12:00 – 1:00 pm Right referencing

Monday 3rd December 4:00- 5:00 pm Developing your academic writing

If you want to attend, please book online ASAP

We expect these sessions will also be very popular, so if you find they are fully booked, please speak to a member of staff at the Ask desk, 1st Floor University Library who can help you get the support you need.  We have lots of guides online which you might find useful and you can use these as your starting point.

Rachel Bury

Academic Liaison Manager  –  Quality, Communication and Marketing

Steps to Success: Help with Harvard

Come along to the session on Monday 26 March if you would like help with using Harvard referencing in your assignments. This is one of a series of sessions called Steps to Success which have been designed to help you to improve your academic skills.

You can find out how to reference some commonly used (and some less commonly used!) sources in your assignments including books, journals, reports and websites and you can also learn more about different ways to reference by using direct quotations and paraphrasing.

You can book a place at:

Monday 26 March 2012  1:00 PM to 2:00 PM

Development Room S7, 2nd floor, LINC building