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Essential Skills Portal: Staff

Supporting student skills development.

In addition to signposting students to our central calendar of events and support, you may also wish to arrange an on-course session for your students. Please contact the appropriate service from the information below to request a session.

Academic Writing and Study Skills

The Skills Centre are able to deliver academic skills sessions from their main programme on request. Sessions are 60 minutes long and can be integrated into the course timetable as face-to face sessions or online webinars in Blackboard.

Please view the schedule to identify which session(s) you are interested in before emailing the team with your request.

Where possible, please contact the team 6 weeks before your preferred session date.

Literature searching and information skills

Subject librarians are able to offer integrated literacy sessions on courses to support students with specific assignments.

Course Leaders should email their subject librarian to request a session. If you are not sure who your assigned librarian is, please email Hallam Help.

Supporting doctoral researchers

If you supervise or support MRES students or doctoral researchers in your area, a number of sessions are available by request. These cover:

  • information literacy and how to use databases, search engines, and reference managemnt tools
  • open access
  • getting published
  • copyright and e-theses
  • research data management
  • an introduction to social media as a researcher

To request a session, please register your interest with our online form and encourage your doctoral students to do the same. You can also email the team with any questions.

Money skills

The Student Funding team offer bespoke money skills workshops focusing on budgeting and managing finances. For more information or to arrange a session, Course Leaders should contact the team via Hallam Help.

There is also a wide range of online materials and courses available to all students through the Black Bullion platform: a learning platform designed for students and includes money skills pathways, bootcamps and budgeting tools.

Skills opportunities for staff.

Our teams can also support your skills development as a member of staff, focusing on research skills and supervision, and how you can integrate assistive technology into your teaching. 

Developing your skills as a researcher

The Library Research Support team provide advice and guidance for staff doing research on:

  • Finding information
  • Reference management software
  • Research data management, including writing data management plans and sharing research data
  • Getting published, including Open Access
  • Using Elements

For more information, visit the team blog or email the team.

Developing your skills as a supervisor

If you are a Postgraduate Research (PGR) supervisor or are completing a doctorate yourself, the Doctoral School offers a number of development opportunities exclusively for Hallam staff:

  • Non-credit bearing supervisor and examiner training
  • Non-credit bearing research modules as part of the Hallam Academic Programme for new academic staff
  • Co-ordination of development activities for Early Career Research (ECR) staff 

The Doctoral School also provides dedicated frontline support and signposting service for PGR supervisors. If you have any questions related to your role as a supervisor, please contact the team.

Integrating assistive technology into your teaching

The Assistive Technology offer support and training for students across a number of tools and software, including MindView for creating visual mindmaps, Microsoft Learning Tools for reading and research, and Audio Notetaker for recording and notetaking. 

Ifyou are interested in finding out more about how these tools, and how they can help your students to learn remotely, please contact the team via Hallam Help.

Guides are also available via the Assistive Technology website. Students can also access LinkedIn Learning with their Hallam login details to access thousands of online courses in creative media, software skills and career planning.