Information for staff

Student Learning Services priorities are to -  

  • Identify and engage with ‘at risk’ students
  • Provide a student drop-in service and on-line resources
  • Work with staff to embed learning strategies into the curriculum
  • Contribute to university initiatives and projects
Students ‘at risk’

SLS offer one-to-one bookable tutorials for students 'at risk'.

‘At risk’  could include students who -

  • Have failed an assignment or module.
  • Are getting marks below 45 (undergraduate) or 55 (postgraduate).
  • Are managing anxiety or mental health issues which impact on their academic work
  • Are on a waiting list for an Educational Psychologist’s assessment or who are waiting for an Assessment of Needs.
  • Are thinking of leaving.
  • Are returning after a leave of absence.
  • Have been been identified by staff as being academically vulnerable for a variety of reasons. 

To refer a student for a tutorial, please ask the student to contact

We will book them in to see an SLS tutor as soon as possible. 

Publicity Materials

If you would like publicity materials to share with students, please use the links below. We have

Please feel free to disseminate these materials to students and post onto Succeed sites

Remember to recommend students to the Student Learning Services Succeed site

Working with Faculties and academic staff

If you are working on a learning project or are promoting the development of ‘study skills’ within your programme and modules, please feel free to contact us to discuss this further.

Recent developments we have worked on include  –

  • Reviewing assessment strategies across programmes.
  • Supporting assessment design and reviewing assessment tasks.
  • Mapping the delivery of ‘Learning Strategies’  across module and programmes.
  • Offering advice and materials for ‘Learning Strategies’  and induction workshops.
  • Facilitating staff development sessions.
  • Working with personal tutors to resolve student difficulties.
  • Working on the University Feedback policy.
  • Collaborating on the 'Feedback First' project (Faculty of Arts and Humanities).

‘Feedback First Project’

Led by the Faculty of Arts and Humanities in partnership with Student Learning Services.  All new students entering an Arts and Humanities degree are invited to submit a short essay.  Teaching assistants  provide individual feedback and identify areas for further development.  Students ‘at risk’ are referred to central services for immediate support and the  feedback data are used to design and deliver a number of in-house interventions.  This is running for the first time in 2016-2017.   

Ambitious Futures 

We have an Ambitious Future graduate working on a project which aims to identify what 'academic orientation' activities may benefit students during their transition into university.  The project is also exploring staff perceptions of learning strategies within the curriculum  and identifying examples of good practice.  More information on Ambitious Futures can be found here.

‘Learning Strategies’ framework and mapping tool

SLS have developed a ‘Learning Strategies’ framework which is being used to develop students and staff resources.  It has also been used to map ‘Learning Strategies’ within modules. Initial work was presented at Scot-ELAS conference (May 2016) and the QAA conference (June 2016) in partnership with the Faculty of Health Sciences and the Careers and Employability Service.  Please e-mail  if you would like more information.

Review of ‘study skills books 

SLS have reviewed a number of study skills book from the library.  This is to help staff and students choose one suitable for their needs.  Copies of these reviews are available here. (Link to BOX)  

Feedback Friday 

SLS have been involved in developing the new University Feedback policy.  SLS have worked with the Students’ Union on ‘Feedback Fridays’ to collect and collate data on how students use and value their feedback.

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