All students are welcome to use Student Learning Services. You may find it particularly useful if you -
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During semester, drop-in tutorials are available to all students between these times -
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday: 2pm-5pm
Thursday, Friday: 10am -1pm
The drop-in sessions are non-bookable and last for 30 minutes. You can discuss any aspect of your learning, studying and academic work.
Come along to 3A1, Cottrell Building between the times advertised. Sign up for the next available slot and then take a seat. A tutor will be with you as soon as possible. If you want to discuss a specific assignment, please bring a copy with you to the session.
If you are based in the Highlands or Western Isles or you are taking an online programme, please contact us by e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org . We will then book you in for a 30 minute drop-in session by e-mail or phone. This may occur outside of the advertised drop-in times. If you want to discuss a specific assignment, we will ask you to send this in advance of the session.
We offer a series of study skills workshops. Find out what topics, dates and times are available. The workshops are designed for undergraduate students in their first or second year of study. However, any student who feels that they may be useful is welcome to attend. The workshops are non-bookable and places are limited. If possible, please turn up early to ensure a place.
These are reserved for students who are having particular difficulties with their studies. This includes students who -
If you fall into one of these categories, please contact us (email@example.com) to organise a booked tutorial. Tutorials are usually face-to-face but for off-campus students, we can work with you via e-mail and phone. Of course, you can also attend a drop-in session at any time.
Student Learning Services have a Canvas site which all students are automatically registered on. We have a range of study skills materials, recommended study skills books and useful links. Access the pages via Canvas.
If you have a diagnosis for a specific learning difficulty or a disability which impacts on your studying, and feel that you require ongoing study skills support, please contact the Access and Inclusion Service
Many students run into difficulties at some stage of their degree. You may be feeling that you cannot cope with certain aspects of your degree programme or there may have been changes in your personal circumstances. You may have started to think about withdrawing from your studies and leaving the university.
However, just because you are expected to be an independent learner, that doesn't mean that you have to handle all of your problems on your own. There are lots of people within the University who can work with you to find solutions and help you progress - you just need to ask. We are here to help you work out the best solution for you.
The people you can contact are -
Student Learning Services (SLS) run a confidential service where students can discuss their academic issues with SLS tutors. It is essential for SLS Tutors to keep brief notes on their engagement with students. This is to ensure that we provide continuity of service and also, so that we can monitor uptake and use of the service. Notes may include limited personal information, key issues discussed with the tutor and any agreed actions. All student notes are stored securely within the case management system operated by SLS and are available to a limited number of appropriate support staff. These notes are not available to academic staff, except under exceptional circumstances.
Exceptional circumstances might include:
Wherever possible, we will seek the consent of students to share information and we will encourage them to disclose this themselves where appropriate. However, if there is no indication that this has happened, or is likely to happen, or if the risk of harm is sufficiently acute, we may pass on the information directly to relevant staff or to external parties.
SLS produces reports on trends, for example who accesses our services and how satisfied students are with the support they receive. Student information may at times be used for these statistical monitoring purposes, but no individual student will be identifiable from reports produced using that data.
Please let us know if you are not willing for us to keep your record. If this is the case, it may be more difficult to provide adequate support.
If you would like more details, please ask a member of SLS staff or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Data Protection: Access to notes
Under the Data Protection Act 1998, students have a right of access to notes kept on them by making a Subject Access Request. Find out how to do this at this link http://www.stir.ac.uk/policyandplanning//legalcompliance/accessinginformation/
Details of case notes containing personal information are exempt from disclosure to third parties under Freedom of Information legislation.