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Academic Engagement and Learning Development Team: Academic Skills

Who we are and what we do

How Can We Help?

Are you looking to develop academic and lifelong skills, including academic writing, critical thinking, researching, and other study skills? The Academic Engagement and Learning Development team offers to University of Westminster students the following academic skills support:

  • Workshops 
  • One-to-one appointments 
  • Online guides 

If you've got a question, contact us through library chat or email us at

Specialist study skills for Dyslexia

If you have or think you have a learning disability like dyslexia, you might be entitled to access specialist study skills support. Make sure you are registered with Disability Learning Support. You can also book an appointment with a Disability Learning Support team member.

Academic Skills Workshops

Spotlight on Upcoming Academic Skills Events 

Ace your Assessments Programme

(June 18th - June 28th 2024)

Tuesday 18th June - Friday 28th June

  • Writing Meaningful Reflections for your Assessments: Tuesday 18th June 1-1.45pm
  • How to Write Great essays: Step-by-Step: Wednesday 19th June 2-3.15pm
  • Demystifying Critical Thinking and Writing: Thursday 20th June 1-2.15pm
  • How to Write Compelling Reports: Friday 21st June 1-2pm
  • Mastering Revision, Exam Skills, and Procrastination: Monday 24th June 1-2pm
  • Thinking about Next Year's Dissertation: Wednesday 26th 1-2pm
  • See your thoughts! Generating, Developing and Visualising Ideas for your Dissertation with Mind Mapping: Friday 28th June 1-2.30pm

All workshops are bookable via Engage 


Dissertation Programme

(June 13th - July 17th 2024)


  • Dissertation Programme: Generating and Developing Ideas with Mind Mapping: Thursday 13th June 1-2pm
  • Dissertation Programme: Researching for your Dissertation: Friday 14th June 1-2pm
  • Dissertation programme: Dissertations in the Humanities: Wednesday 19th June 2-3.15pm
  • Dissertation Programme: Writing the Literature Review : Friday 28th June 1-2pm
  • Dissertation programme: Writing your Methodology Chapter : Friday 5th July 1-2.15pm
  • Dissertations: Writing your  Results and Discussion: Wednesday 10th July 4-5pm
  • Dissertations: Writing your Introduction and Conclusion: Wednesday 17th July 3-3.50pm


All workshops are bookable via Engage 

During term-time, our professional team delivers friendly and interactive workshops to help you improve academic skills, including:

  • research
  • referencing
  • time management
  • critical thinking
  • essay writing
  • report writing
  • reflective writing
  • literature reviews
  • dissertations
  • presentations
  • exam preparation

For more information, and to book your place, see workshop listings on Engage


Book an appointment with us! 

Academic Engagement Librarians

Advice on subject-specific research and referencing.

Academic Learning Developers

Advice on academic writing and other study skills topics (see our online guides for topics we help with).

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Online Guides

We have a range of online guides to help you get to grips with essential study skills:

Library skills guides

Our library guides will help you get started in researching your subject; understanding how to use Library Search and how to cite and reference everything correctly. There are also subject guides to get you started in finding library material for your studies.

Academic skills guides

Our Academic skills guides cover a range of topics including:

Essay Writing

Report Writing 

Reading and Note-Taking 

Critical Thinking 


...and the various stages of preparing a dissertation!