Returning to learning: support for postgraduates

“Most postgraduate students need guidance and support,” says Sue Smith, Student Development and Study Skills Manager, “especially those who are returning to education after being out of it for some time.  Tracey_Jones_Mature_Student_

People forget how to reference or write an academic essay, and lots of courses, from nursing and engineering, contain an element of maths which can be quite challenging for some.”

We’re very experienced at supporting postgraduate students, and are aware of the particular issues they face. 

Our support encompasses online, face-to-face and self help material. Working closely with the study skills team, we have a strong team of information librarians who can help with everything from assignments to theses.

We try and encourage our postgraduate students to pop in and say hello in their first few weeks. 

Most are amazed (and reassured) by the support we can offer them, and the difference it can make to their academic studies.”

Where to find help

Self help 

Our online resources tackle common issues to help you avoid the pitfalls. 


We offer a range of free workshops that focus on certain aspects of academic development from referencing skills, reflective writing to report writing.

One-to-one support

If you have particular needs, you can book a one-to-one appointment with a study skills tutor. You can do this at any campus, the one where you study or whichever is closest to home. We also offer online support via email or Skype. 

Maths support 

Many courses contain an element of maths, statistics or numeracy and this can be a challenging aspect for lots of postgraduate students. Our maths tutors offer informal tutorials and drop-in sessions. 

Information librarian

If you would like help finding information for your assignment or dissertation you can make an appointment with your Librarian. “We can make your academic life so much easier!" says Linda Graves, one of our librarians.