Centre for Academic Success - staff information

Centre for Academic Success

CAS online support

For Staff

See all available support from Central Services: Connections - Central Services Support.

  • Our email address is available for staff queries and consultancy.
  • Our Staff resource Moodle site provides resources that staff can use in their teaching and add to their Moodle pages to assist with the development of academic literacy skills etc.
  • The forum on the student resource Moodle page is also available to staff.
For Students

The Centre for Academic Success offers several ways for students to obtain support when off-campus:

  • Advice for studying online – a short document with tips and advice for getting the most out of your time spent studying online.
  • Study guides – our study guides are available from our student resource Moodle page.
  • Workshop presentations and resources – slides, activities and videos from our programme of open-access workshops, available from our student resource Moodle page.
  • Success online course – a Moodle based course introducing academic writing, referencing, study skills and maths, aimed at Level 3 and 4 students, but available to all. Enrol on the course.
  • Email and MS Teams tutorials – for feedback and advice on assignments, English, maths, study skills etc - book using our usual system
  • Quick question forum – available on our student resource Moodle page for students to ask quick questions..

Our goal is to work with academic staff in exploring their students' needs around academic and assessment literacy, and assist them in identifying and implementing effective approaches to meeting those needs.

To do this, we recommend that academic literacy skills, for example academic writing and reading skills, are embedded within programme teaching. This gives a discipline focus to the development of these vital skills and emphasises their relevance to students' studies. To assist with this, CAS offers a consultancy service to academic staff.

Our consultancy service

Individual lecturers or programme/module teams can book time with one of our Senior Learner Developers to work on approaches to embedding academic literacy into their teaching and the development of teaching resources.

In some cases we are able to offer delivery or co-delivery of sessions.

We also work with academics to develop crucial assessment literacy skills in their students.

Academic and assessment literacy consultancy

We can offer ideas, advice and co-delivery based on our experience and knowledge of practices inside and outside the University on the following:

Embedding academic literacy
  • Academic reading and writing
  • English
  • Critical analysis
  • Referencing and plagiarism
  • Reflective writing
  • Dissertation skills
  • Study skills
  • Professional skills
Assessment literacy
  • Assignment brief design
  • Preparing students for assignments
  • Helping students understand assignment briefs
  • Avoiding plagiarism
  • Revision and exam techniques

Get in touch

Please feel free to contact us regarding any of these issues:

Or drop in to our office for a chat and a coffee: 

Room C142, Curzon Building

Further support

We work alongside our colleagues in other parts of the Education Development Service who offer a broad consultancy service to academic staff and teams, through Academic programme support, a range of Individual professional development, or advice and guidance in Technology Enhanced Learning and Teaching.