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Making the most of your Library on and off-campus

1-1 appointments and webinars

The Skills Centre is offering a range of ways to develop your academic writing while working remotely:

1-1 appointments

You can book a remote 30 minute one to one appointment with an Academic Skills Adviser to discuss your academic writing – these can take place via telephone or using Blackboard Collaborate (a web chat tool that allows screen sharing). View our current appointments or for up-to-date availability see Unihub.

We offer a limited number of appointments after 5pm from Tuesday-Thursday: view our calendar to book.


We offer online webinars, on topics including academic writing, critical writing and writing for your dissertation or extended project. View our calendar for a full schedule of webinars and to book your place.


We are in the process of recording screencasts of our most popular academic skills workshops, including Critical Writing, Advanced Critical Writing and Literature Reviews. These will be available shortly via our online study guides.

Online resources

You can also access the following services and self-directed study resources to develop your writing:

  • Studiosity - Studiosity provides an online writing feedback service and a live chat service (Connect Live).  You can use these services up to 8 times each academic year – be sure to check your current allowance before submitting. They are available 24 hours a day/7 days a week/365 days a year.
Tip - A Connect Live chat counts as one of your 8 annual ‘interactions’ – if you have questions on your Studiosity feedback or your written work, consider booking a 1-1 with the Skills Centre instead.

  • Online study guides – In-depth self-study guides on a wide range of academic skills topics, including downloadable worksheets and ‘quick-read’ resources for studying in short bursts.
  • Skills4Study campus – Log in with your SHU credentials to access online learning modules on key academic skills topics including critical thinking, academic writing and research planning.