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The University Skills Centre (USC) provides assessment and training in key
skills for academic success and employability. We operate on the Colchester and
- USC office - off Square 3, Level 4,
- Learning Resource Centre, Room 4.204
- The Forum, Skills Centre Office, Room TF2.42
What we do
Individual study resources
The University Skills Centre was established in 2010 and is managed by the
University International Academy department. The IA has many years' experience
of running Teacher
Education courses, and Student Pathway programmes.
The Skills Centre's high quality training also supports the University's
Learning and Teaching Strategy. Our activities fall into six main areas.
- Skills screening and diagnostic assessment
- Provision of credit-bearing skills modules
- Provision of non-credit training and support classes
- Development of self-study guides and information leaflets
- Provision of one-to-one advisor and mentoring support
- Signposting to skills training and support provided
elsewhere in the University
The University‘s commitment to enhancing the learning experience for its students is demonstrated by its membership
(.pdf) of the
Association for Learning Development in Higher Education (ALDinHE).
Working across the University
The University provides a wealth of skills development and support at all
levels of study. A key role of the USC is to act as an information hub
to make sure students have easy access to all the resources they need, and to
promote maximum student uptake of the many exciting academic skills and
employment training opportunities that are on offer.
University-wide providers of skills support and training