Academic Success Centre
Engaging with a higher education programme at UCO is a life-changing experience. To make the most of this new phase in your education, expert Academic Development Lecturers in our Academic Success Centre are on-hand to offer a wealth of advice on the study skills required.
The Academic Success Centre regularly delivers workshops on all aspects of academic skills, including critical writing, exam techniques and writing a dissertation. The Centre also offers one-to-one tutorials in specific techniques such as presentation skills and public speaking.
Throughout the academic year there are always a wealth of activities on offer to ensure every student at UCO can access supportive, friendly and developmental guidance in relation to their studies.
The Academic Success Centre offers a range of services. The Academic Development Lecturers will help you to:
- strengthen your research
- improve your problem-solving skills
- manage your time effectively
- acquire good study skills
- adopt an academic writing style
- structure your work appropriately
- construct arguments
- gain confidence in referencing
- find and evaluate information
- improve your grades
- prepare for exams
Disability, Health and Wellbeing Support Services
At UCO we will make reasonable adjustments to support you to overcome difficulties your disability presents you with. Examples of the support available are:
- Exam concessions
- Extra time on library book loans
- Library assistance
- Additional tutorials with your course tutors
- Dyslexia screening
- Advice and guidance
- Health and Wellbeing Assessments
- 1:1 sessions
- Learning support plans
- Visual stress assessments
Disabled Students’ Allowance (DSA)
UK students with an additional learning need, disability, mental or long-term health condition can apply for the Disabled Students Allowance. It is a government grant to help pay for extra costs generated as a result of disability. This is also how you can get a non-medical helper, such as a Study Skills Facilitator or a Specialist Mentor, to assist you whilst studying in Higher Education.
We are able to support learners applying for DSA. The application process for Disabled Students’ Allowance can be a lengthy one, so it is advised that learners apply as soon as possible so that support can be in place for the start of term. Up to date information and guidance DSA can be found here.
For disability-related queries, please email Felicity Paris or call 0161 344 8877
For mental health and wellbeing queries, please email Grace Brogan or call 0161 344 8843
Our Graduate Hub is a dedicated space for employability skills development and is designed to further enhance your chances of entering the career of your choice. You can access careers support whilst at UCO and for up to three years after graduation to help you to make that next step in your career or education.
The Hub offers:
- workshops and drop in sessions
- CV development and interview coaching
- networking events and employer talks
- volunteering opportunities
We take our students’ employability very seriously. Our programmes are designed so our students develop knowledge and expertise on campus and the work place. Employability is embedded into the curriculum, so from the moment you walk through the door you are able to boost your career opportunities. With events like Employability Week, which features a host of face-to-face activities with employers and employment specialists, you are encouraged to build skills and broaden your horizons even further.
March 2017 - Launching of the new fully decorated Academic Success Hub
May 2017 - Academic English Course.
June 2017 - Dissertation Day with 2nd years transitioning into the 3rd year.
September 2017 - An induction session with new students.