Academic skills support

The PDD offers extensive support to students across the full range of topics reflecting academic skills and numeracy skills.

These can be in the form of group workshops, lunchtime drop-in consultations and bespoke one-to-one tutorials.


Workshops are provided in response to student groups' direct requests as well as in collaboration with module and course leaders.

These include a series of structured numeracy evening workshops. Lunchtime drop-ins are offered for both ‘academic’ and ‘numeracy’ support three times per week, every week throughout academic term time. Tutorial support is by individual negotiation.

All our workshops are tailored to meet the requirements of our students, module and course leaders.

Academic Skills Workshops

Lunchtime drop-in sessions

These drop-in sessions can help you to develop and manage your learning.

Date and time: Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays,12-1pm

CINAHL Plus (for Health Care workers) and Social Care online (for Social Workers)

If you are worried about searching for journal articles either for your Social Work course or Health Course that you are doing, The Personal Development Department (PDD) and Mary Seacole Library are running fortnightly workshops over the next academic year aimed at 1st and 2nd year students. The database Social Care On-line is used as an example for those doing a social work course or CINAHL Plus for other health courses. The workshops offer a hands-on approach to improve your literature searching skills whatever level of research expertise you have.

You will need to telephone 0121 331 7011 to book a place.

All workshops are held at City South Campus, Seacole 271, to find out the dates please call the number above.

Numeracy Tutorials

We offer bespoke numeracy support on a one-to-one basis or for small groups of students. Support is tailored to meet your specific requirements.

Date and time: Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays,12-1pm

Numeracy workshops


For help with maths for drug calculations, such as dosages, infusions and converting units. These workshops can be tailored to address specific queries.

Date and time: Monday, Tuesdays and Thursdays, 12.15-12:45pm


Each workshop will have structured revision/practice, plus the opportunity to discuss specific numeracy issues brought by the students

  • Session 1 Whole Numbers
  • Session 2 Fractions
  • Session 3 Decimals
  • Session 4 Percentages
  • Session 5 Maths in Drug Calculations

Date and time: Evenings, 5-6pm

Once you are a student at the University there will be extensive support also available via our virtual learning environments 'Moodle' and 'iCity'.