Academic Study Skills for Postgraduate Taught Students

Fiona Brown, Sharon Boyd

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This short presentation provides a high level overview of a long-term project undertaken to support the development of academic skills in postgraduate taught students. The predicted increase in numbers of postgraduate taught students raised concerns about how the limited numbers of staff could continue to teach academic skills such as information literacy, data analysis and writing for research. In addition, a change to the University teaching timetable reduced the amount of pre-course support available to new students prior to starting their programme of study.
In light of the dual pressure on students and staff, two new online courses were created to provide additional resources and guidance for postgraduate taught students. The first was a pre-arrival course, open access and available to all interested in applying to study at the institution. The second was an academic skills course designed to run through the year and available to all postgraduate taught students, including online and on-campus cohorts. The primary goal was to ensure students were better able to undertake the requirements of a postgraduate programme. A secondary goal was to achieve this with limited staff time and budget, whilst maintaining face-to-face engagement using online tools.
The presentation will focus on the academic skills course specifically. The course started in autumn 2013 with four staff catering for approximately 150 postgraduate students; the same number of staff are now catering for over 600 postgraduate taught and research students. The course has developed over this time in response to student and staff feedback. This presentation will be of interest to those looking for a solution to flexibly support and engage with increasing numbers of students. The presenters are keen to stimulate discussion on this solution and gain inspiration and feedback from delegates sharing experiences of how they are tackling this problem in other institutions.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 3 Jun 2019
EventAcademic and Research Libraries Group Conference: Working Smarter in a Time of Change - Teesside University, Darlington Campus , Darlington, United Kingdom
Duration: 3 Jun 20194 Jun 2019


ConferenceAcademic and Research Libraries Group Conference
Abbreviated titleARLG
Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom
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