Academic and Study Skills

We’re here to support students with the development of their academic and study skills in achieving their qualification, ensuring that you have the help you need to get the most from your education.


All students have access to the Skills@Cumbria service, which supports your academic success and can be accessed throughout your programme. The service is delivered by a team of professional library and academic advisers who can offer you impartial advice and guidance on a range of topics, including effective approaches to study, finding relevant sources, academic writing, referencing and working towards your dissertation.

Many of the advisers will deliver skills development 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 via the university’s student portal. In addition, you will have access to individual advice and guidance sessions via face to face, email or skype appointments.

Headstart 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. Information about these programmes will be sent at the application stage. Each course introduces students to learning strategies, information skills, referencing, academic writing and critical thinking. 94% of participants in 2015 said they felt Head Start helped them feel more confident about starting at university.

The following programmes are currently available:

What our Students Say

“I have just received my first grade since attending a one to one meeting with you and also attending the lunchtime workshops…I cannot thank you all enough for your help and support. I have increased my marks by an entire grade. I have recommended the workshops to fellow students. the service you provide is excellent…” - Year 1 Adult Nursing student.

“Extremely useful course whether you have never come across these aspects before, or if you just need to refresh your memory. I only recently graduated, so I still remember most of these things, however the course gave me a fantastic, in-depth version of academic necessities - the best I've used!” – PGCE applicant 2015

“I totally agree with former students who have completed this short course and found it brilliant as now I feel like I can hit the ground running. The other great thing about Head Start is that you have constant access to the info during your degree, so don’t freak out if you forget the key information.” – UG applicant 2015