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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

Academic Skills Workshops

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!