Lifelong Learning Centre

Post Category: Academic Support

Below is a list of all posts in the category Academic Support.

Reflections on our student-focused approach

Wednesday, 05 June 2013

I started work at the Lifelong Learning Centre (LLC) as the Arts, Humanities and Academic Skills Tutor in January. Having now been here a few months, I feel that I’ve settled in and have a fairly good sense of what the LLC is all about. I’ve had similar jobs at other universities, but have been very impressed with the work that the LLC does in supporting students from a wide variety of backgrounds. The LLC is genuinely student-focused in its approach and staff are committed to the progress of the students. What I particularly like...

Categories: Academic Support


Some tips on juggling study with family commitments

Tuesday, 30 April 2013

Sociology and Social Policy Student Josina Maynard
Alongside my day job as a tutor in the Lifelong Learning Centre, I am also a student parent; I have a seven year old daughter and am in year two of a Doctorate in Education. This situation allows me to empathise with many of our learners in the Lifelong Learning Centre, who are also juggling study with work and family commitments. As anyone in a similar situation who is contemplating a return to education will know, time constraints are often a concern. It can seem quite a challenge to imagine how you will fit extra...

Categories: Academic Support, Learning, Student Parents


Celebrating academic support – reflections on the ALDinHE conference

Thursday, 18 April 2013

Just before Easter, I attended a conference on learning development in Plymouth, held by the Association for Learning Development in Higher Education (ALDinHE). The focus was on supporting and retaining students through study skills, peer support schemes, awareness of diversity and through curriculum-based approaches. I found it uplifting to find so many study skills specialists and academic teaching staff gathered in one place, talking about ways of supporting students, wanting them to succeed, and taking it for granted that this was a good thing. It did cause me to pause and...

Categories: Academic Support, Widening Participation