Academic and Study Skills


We’re here to support students with the development of their academic literacies and study skills, ensuring you have the help you need to make the most of your education and achieve your qualification. 


All students have access to the Skills@Cumbria service throughout your programme. The service is delivered by a team of professional library and academic advisers who offer you impartial advice and guidance on a range of topics, including: effective approaches to study, finding and evaluating relevant sources, academic writing, referencing and working towards dissertations and extended projects.


Advisers often deliver workshops within your timetable in liaison with academic tutors and at key times such as induction and assessments. As a registered student, you will have access to a suite of online self-help resources 24/7. In addition, you will have access to individual advice and guidance sessions via email and Microsoft Teams appointments.

Head Start to Academic Study

All applicants have access to one of our online free pre-entry Head Start courses designed to help students better prepare for university study, whatever their level of study. The courses introduce students to learning strategies, information skills, referencing, academic writing and critical thinking for different levels of study.


Information about all of our Head Start courses and how to access these are on our Head Start webpage. You can also contact our team via with any Head Start queries.

What our Students Say

“I thought the service was fantastic and I will definitely be using it again” QTS student 2021/22


“I have found this service very useful. The feedback has always been constructive and taking on the feedback in year one of my studies I feel improved my marks going forward in future” Health student 2021/22


“Being new to studying at this level, the service helps me by checking citing, referencing, layout and the flow of paragraphs. It encourages me to review my own work” Policing student 2021/22


"I've started sifting through the treasure trove of resources you hold, which will be invaluable over the year" PG Student 2021/22