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Academic Development Week 2020.

Student news

Academic Development Week 2020.

Academic Development Week takes place from 26 – 29 October for students on semester calendars. As we continue to adapt to our new normal of living and studying with Covid-19, this week is the perfect opportunity to take time to reflect on how things are going, where you may need some additional support and what you need to help you reach your full potential.

A great starting place for navigating what’s available this Academic Development Week is the ADW Online Hub. Here you’ll find lots of useful resources from other students and professional services to help you with your studies. Whether you are need some extra help in understanding how to write a dissertation, or looking to boost your assessment outcome, use this week to find out more and explore all the resources available to you.

Develop your skills

Even when you’re not on campus, there’s a wealth of resources accessible online so you can improve your skills and get involved at a time that suits you:

  • Learning Skills Hub – develop your skills & knowledge through a series of modules and access a wealth of resources specific to your year group and Faculty.
  • Your Digital Library – as well as the traditional academic books and journals we have lots of modern research tools including e-books and free access to our digital media archive.  All the journal articles you find using LibrarySearch, which are shown as full text, are available to read online off campus.
  • SkillsforStudy  – a free resource available to all students. Whether you are looking for tips on how to improve your writing skills or guidance on referencing, these interactive online modules make it easy for you to get to grips with a range of essential study skills.
  • Productivity Tools – You can access a range of productivity software packages on University PCs and to use at home, including accessibility tools, text to speech, time management, note taking, and much more!

Access support

Don’t forget that if you need further support we’re here to help- from accessing your Personal Academic Tutor to speaking to a student peer mentor:

  • Personal Academic Tutor (PAT) – whether you’re an undergraduate or postgraduate student, your personal academic tutor is here to help you to develop, grow and succeed in your studies and research.
  • Learning Skills Team – this team offer guidance on researching information, referencing and writing assignments. Each faculty is assigned a specialist Learning Developer and Learning & Research Librarian to offer you personalised support.
  • Student Wellbeing Advisers – have a chat with our Support and Wellbeing Advisers if there is anything about your personal circumstances that you feel may be impacting your studies or you are generally worried about. They offer virtual drop-ins Monday – Friday, between 12 noon and 1pm.
  • Peer Mentors – if you’re looking for someone who can help you improve your academic skills, help you develop strategies, share hints and tips on how to prepare for assessments or be your study buddy, then connecting with a student peer mentor might be for you.

There’s also plenty of support available for blended learning – from advice on looking after your digital wellbeing to details on assessments. And keep an eye on social media over the next two weeks for study tips and advice from students and staff.

Need specific support? Make sure you check-in with your Programme Team and visit your Blackboard for planned activities and support specific to your studies.

Get involved…

A great way to expand your knowledge & horizons, develop your skills and gain support is through attending workshops and events at the University. Here are some of the highlights coming up:

Peer Mentoring Virtual Cuppa 

Fancy a virtual cuppa and a chat with our student peer mentors? Join them on Tuesday 27 October at 1pm.

It’s a great way to make connections and stay connected, share hints and tips about university life, life in general, the benefits of being involved in the mentoring service and more.

To join the session via collaborate please use this link.

Stress and Anxiety Virtual Peer Support Session

Whether you’re struggling to adapt to the ‘new normal’ of living and studying with Covid-19, have any worries, or just want a chat, come along to the Stress & Anxiety Virtual Peer Support Sessions – our Student Support & Chaplaincy team are here to support you. Join them virtually on Wednesdays 1-2pm.

Peer Mentoring Academic Development Themed Quiz 

Join our student peer mentors on Thursday 29 October at 1pm for a quiz! How good it your university knowledge on Academic skills and development that is available at the University?  Why not test yourself to see if you can win one of our 3 prizes available.

To join the session via collaborate please use this link.

Careers and Enterprise Workshops

  • Microsoft training – develop your Microsoft skills throughout October and November in a series of workshops.
  • Beginning your business, 27 October – if you’re thinking of stepping out with big ideas you want to explore, or already have a formed business idea you’re wanting to start up, this online workshop is a must with Rowan from the Kent Foundation.
  • Money talks, 5 November – understand money basics, gain advice on budgeting and saving and much more!
  • The mystery of shortlisting, 17 November – find out what potential employers are looking for when shortlisting.

Black History 365 events

  • Poetry and Motion, 20 October – this event brings together voices, sounds, images, and stories that when placed together reveal an example of powerful solidarities of collective resistance.
  • In Conversation with Ricky Benjamin: Rapper to Banker, 21 October – Ricky is a Capability Manager at TSB Bank and is a BAME Network co-chair, he has been heavily involved in the organisation’s response to the Black Lives Matter movement in 2020 along with planning and organising Black History Month.
  • In Conversation with Dr Shardé M. Davis: #BlackintheIvory, 28 October – Dr. Shardé M. Davis is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Communication at the University of Connecticut and the creator of the popular hashtag #BlackintheIvory. Her research examines the way Black women leverage communication in the sistah circle to invoke collective identity, erect and fortify the boundaries around their homeplace, and backfill the necessary resources to return to white/male dominant spaces in American society.
  • Student Allyship Workshop – in recognition of the Black Lives Matter movement, the #IMATTER and Allyship campaign serves to shine a light on racial disparities in higher education, build a supportive learning and working community in which members of Christ Church and Christ Church Students’ Union can stand together against racism.

For further details on Black History 365, and how you can get involved, click here.