Higher education can open up exciting new opportunities in terms of your personal and professional development. Our role is to encourage you to achieve and to support you as you work towards making your future goals a reality.
Potential barriers to success
As a student, one of more of the following may apply to you, which could be perceived as a barrier to success:
- you have a learning difficulty or disability
- you have a learning difference
- you are a Care Leaver
- you are estranged from family
- you are a carer
- you have not studied in a while
- you have moved away from home to study
- you are juggling study with other commitments such as work and family
We will do all we can to support you to overcome any of these barriers.
How we support higher education students
Progressing from further to higher education can be a challenging time for any student. We offer a range of services to support you across all areas of student life, with specialist support available for students with disabilities.
Flying Start programme
We offer half-day 'Flying Start' summer schools to help equip you with the skills needed for higher education study. During these events, we cover topics such as academic writing, research, academic referencing and looking after your wellbeing.
The sessions, run by higher education learning mentors (HELMs) are for all students, including Care Leavers, people with disabilities and learning differences and adults returning to education after a long absence. They are a great way to meet other students
Individual and group sessions are available on different days between June and September, followed by ongoing mentoring throughout the year.
The Flying Start programme earned a national award at the National Education Opportunities Network (NEON) Awards 2016 for its effectiveness in helping students with the transition into a higher education environment.
We will contact anyone who declares a disability on their UCAS application and offer an interview to discuss any learning needs. We will help to identify any additional support requirements, liaise with course tutors and offer advice on applying for Disabled Student Allowances.
Study skills support
Whether you're used to study or you haven't studied in a long time the Higher Education Learning Support Team can help you to develop your study skills so you become a more confident student, capable of achieving your full potential.
Examples of the support we offer include:
- support in settling into higher education study
- development of academic literacy skills, such as critical and reflective writing and English Language proficiency (eg grammar and sentence structure)
- development of information skills, such as research, finding and using resources and referencing
- development of skills such as assignment planning and structuring, time management and organising, memory optimisation and revision as well as examination techniques
- assistance with personal development planning so you can gain the transferable skills needed to compete for employment
Information Technology (IT) support
The Higher Education Learning Support Team offers a range of IT support that allows you to refresh or develop skills specific to studying a higher education course.
Examples of the support we offer include:
- basic support with Microsoft applications such as Word, Publisher and PowerPoint
- support with College-specific programs such as the College email, Moodle and library databases
- support with internet searches and internet safety
- development of digital literacy skills such as communicating in different media
- help with networked literacy support software, including:
- Text help Read and Write, a reading and writing tool for PC and MAC users, which reads most typed information aloud from the computer to help identify grammatical errors and proof read written work. The software also includes an advanced spell-checker, dictionary, thesaurus and many other features along with ‘how to use’ tutorials.
- Mindview, a networked visual learning tool to enable you to organise ideas graphically, ideal for planning and organisation/project management.
- Essay Writer, an essay writing guide with animated tutorials and user guides for essay creation. Features include essays/maps, subject dictionaries and bibliographic references with built-in Text-to-Speech.
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