ASC support for University of Birmingham staff

How the ASC can work with you

  • We provide academic, digital and mathematics skills support for your taught students. Please signpost your students to our student facing pages for one-to-one appointments, drop-ins, online resources and workshops.
  • We embed skills in the curriculum, support Personal Academic Tutoring (PAT), deliver the PASS scheme (Peer Assisted Study Sessions) and support your Birmingham Scholars.
  • We also support university-wide initiatives such as Outreach, Welcome Week, Assessment Support Weeks, the Student Support Development Hub and the PGT Essentials Workshop series. 

Embed skills in the curriculum

  • We support skills in the curriculum by offering workshops and/or online resources that can be tailored to meet the assessment requirements and learning outcomes of your module or programme. Our menu of workshops covers learning at university, writing, research, and digital skills. To request support, please fill in our booking form.
  • If your students require something that is not on our menu, please feel free to contact us at we are particularly keen to support new assessment forms so would welcome conversations on this.

Further information:

  • Careers Network have developed five Micro Employability Courses in Canvas, to be embedded in undergraduate and postgraduate modules, and which can be used to support bimodal teaching.
  • If you require Academic English support and/or have a large cohort of international students whose first language is not English then we recommend that you look at the College Embedded skills offer from the Birmingham International Academy

Online skills resources for your taught students

  • Our online resources allow students to access skills support in their own time. We have resources covering: writing and notetaking skills, using library resources, referencing, using Microsoft Office and much more. Students can access Canvas courses, LinkedIn Learning collections, Panopto videos, recorded workshops, and self-guided workbooks. If you would like to use any of these resources in your teaching or PAT modules, please feel free to do so. 

Set up a Peer Assisted Study Sessions (PASS) scheme

  • The PASS scheme is a discipline-owned, student-led scheme involving higher-year students supporting lower-year students with their study across an academic programme or module. PASS is part of a recognised National and International Network.
  • For lower year students, PASS can help with adjustment to University life, enhancing understanding of course content, improving study habits, and meeting new people. Higher year students trained as ‘PASS Leaders’ are also able to develop a range of employability skills, as well as consolidate their own course understanding.
  • Whilst we oversee PASS, all schemes are successfully supported and run in conjunction with academic colleagues. If you are interested in setting up PASS within your programme or module, please don’t hesitate to get in touch: .

Support Birmingham Scholars

In addition to our services for all taught students, we also provide the below enhanced support to our Birmingham Scholars as part of the University’s Access and Participation Plan:

  • 2 additional one-to-one academic skills appointments (6 per year per Birmingham Scholar student);
  • A dedicated series of academic and digital skills workshops throughout the year, specifically for Birmingham Scholars;
  • A cross-discipline Birmingham Scholar Peer Support scheme to support first year transition to University
  • Online skills guidance via the Birmingham Scholar Canvas course
  • To further discuss how we might best support your Birmingham Scholar students, please don’t hesitate to get in touch:

Contact us

Anna Pilson, Lecturer in Vision Impairment Education, School of Education

“The session from the Academic Skills Centre for the Vision Impairment PGT courses was outstanding. It was pitched perfectly for a cohort that contained many students who had not undertaken any academic study for some time. It was informative but challenging. Some of the immediate feedback from students included the words ‘fantastic’, ‘wonderful’ and ‘brilliant’ and I would certainly echo these! I would highly recommend that all Programme Leads engage with the Academic Skills Centre to support their students’ academic development.”



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