Institute for Academic Development
Institute for Academic Development

Study advice

If you want advice and guidance about your studies, there are a number of places you can go to. Info on IAD study skills consultations and links to online booking.

Sources of advice in your school of study

If you are concerned about a particular subject or piece of work associated with your programme, it might be best to ask the members of staff who teach on your programme, such as your tutors, lecturers and Programme Director.

There may also be dedicated members of staff within your school who provide guidance about learning and studying. Some courses or schools have a student support team or office who can offer support for your studies.

For further academic advice or guidance concerning your programme you should contact your programme director. Check the programme information in your handbook or online for details of who you should contact within your school.

Advice from the Institute for Academic Development


You may find attending one of our open or programme-specific workshop a useful way of picking up information and advice about studying.

Topics covered in workshops have included study skills, academic reading and writing, doing a dissertation, presentations and public speaking, and more:

Study skills consultations

The Institute for Academic Development offers half-hour one-to-one sessions with a Study Development Adviser that can help students to learn and study more effectively by developing effective study strategies and enhancing current study skills.

When making an appointment you will be asked to give one or two study skills issues that you wish to discuss.

Please feel free to bring examples of feedback so that you can reflect on your academic work, but be aware we cannot proofread or edit individual pieces of work or give subject specific guidance.

How to get an appointment - semester 1 & 2

Study skills consultations are available in two formats:

  • in person (select '(Study Skills) On-campus Consultation'), and
  • online (select '(Study Skills) Online Consultation')

How to book: All our study skills consultations are available to self-book on the University event booking system. Bookable appointments, when available, will appear on the following online booking webpages:

On campus study skills consultations - online booking

Online study skills consultations - online booking

If there are no appointments that are suitable for you, it may be possible to arrange an alternative consultation time. However, this is dependent on the availability of our Advisors and can take up to 2 weeks. Please email us at the address below to check if there is an alternative time available.

There is no drop-in service available.

Support for masters students

Contact details

How to get an appointment - outside semester 1 and 2

If you would like a consultation during this time, please email us (at the address above) with your name, matriculation number, the study skill issue you wish to discuss, and at least 2 date and time options when you are free. These appointments depend on the availability of the Study Development Advisors.

How to get to the IAD

1 Morgan Lane - how to find us

Are other issues affecting your learning?

Concerns about learning can be linked to other issues like stress or money worries. The guide to student services at the University provides a short description of all student services that may be able to help you; it includes information on advice services to support your health and welfare.


If anything is seriously affecting your work, you should tell your Programme Director or another member from the Student Support Team in your school as soon as possible.