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!

It’s the most wonderful time of the year…

Or it will be once your assignments are handed in and you make a head start on that January revision!

To help you on the way to success the University Library is open non-stop right up to midnight on Friday 18th December and we only close for Christmas on the 24th December.

During the festive period we will be offering additional opening hours to ensure you have somewhere peaceful to escape the leftover turkey and have some quality study time.


Closed: 24th – 27th, 31st December and 1st – 3rd January – for more information visit our opening hours pages.

Visit us between Christmas and New Year to take advantage of all we have to offer…

  • Networked PCs, loanable laptops and free eduroam Wi-Fi
  • Access to 200,000 items including books, journals and audio-visual resources
  • Printing and photocopying
  • Bookable individual and group study rooms
  • A range of study zones – group work, quiet work and silent study
  • Access to help and support – staff will be available at the welcome desk
  • 24/7 access to PCs in the LINC – available 365 days a year!

Of course if you aren’t ready to face life outside your pyjamas just yet you can always visit us virtually…

  • eResources are available via our Learning Services web pages and Library Catalogue – you can access 97,000+ eBooks, 40,000+ eJournals and specialist subject resources 24/7.
  • Contact Learning Services via our 24/7 Live Chat
  • Search our Learning Services knowledge base Ask Us for the answers to many common queries including using Turnitin, Harvard Referencing and much more.
  • Get support with academic writing, assignment planning, critical thinking and much more via our Uni Skills offer.
  • Give us a call 01695 650800 during our opening hours.

The University Library normal opening hours will resume 8am on Monday 4th January straight into midnight opening and our 24/7 hours begin again Monday 18th January – what more could you ask for this Christmas!

Merry Christmas, Learning Services 🎄