Institute for Academic Development
Institute for Academic Development

Supporting your students’ academic development – what IAD can offer

We work with Schools and Programmes to develop sessions and resources for students. How to contact the IAD’s Taught Student Development Team.

The Taught Student Development Team is part of the wider Learning and Teaching Team at the Institute for Academic Development. We help students to succeed with their studies and to make the most of their time at University.

We are currently a small team of 5 staff (4 FTE), providing support for the University’s 43,000 taught students. We offer a core programme of general academic support and also work with colleagues based in Schools to develop subject specific support.

Our core programme

Study Hub - online learning resources

https://www.ed.ac.uk/iad/studyhub

Study Hub is the home of our open access learning resources, offering practical advice and strategies for effective learning and studying. Study Hub resources are supported by a Blog and Twitter (X) feed @IAD_StudyHub.

Exam Bootcamp

This auto-enrol course in Learn has three steps to effective exams: getting set, revising effectively and exam strategies. Students can work through the sections or dip in and out as required.

Exam Bootcamp - find out more

Study development workshops

Our informal and interactive workshops provide support for undergraduates through to taught postgraduates, on campus and online, throughout the academic year.  The workshops cover a range of topics from Time Management and Getting to Grips with Essay Writing, to Effective Revision and Managing Projects and Dissertations. Workshops can be booked online.

UG workshops

PGT workshops

Study skills consultations

Our one to one study consultations offer a half hour slot with one of our friendly Study Development Advisers. Consultations take place online using MS Teams at various times of the week. In-person consultations are also available. Appointments can be booked using the lin ks below or through iad.study@ed.ac.uk

UG Study Skills Consultations booking page

PG Study Skills Consultations booking page

Five minute videos

Short videos that summarise our core programme of support for students

Undergraduate students - supporting you with your studies short video

Postgraduate taught students - supporting you with your studies short video

Working with Schools

We receive positive feedback from students about our core support. However, students tell us that they would also like to receive support for their learning and academic development from their School, in the context of their subject/ discipline and ideally as part of the core curriculum. This is backed up by research, and is particularly true for students from widening participation backgrounds (Howieson & Minty, 2019)

We work with colleagues in Schools to provide advice and assistance to develop sessions and/or resources to support students’ learning and development. The most effective sessions are integrated or embedded in the core curriculum. Programmes take ownership of any sessions or resources developed and take responsibility for maintaining and adapting resources.

Our resources in Study Hub and Exam Bootcamp are freely available (CC Licence BY-NC-4.0) to be used by staff directly, or adapted for their teaching.

Contact us/ Work with us

Please email us at iad.students@ed.ac.uk if you have a request to work with the team.

Reference

Howieson, C., Minty, S. (2019) Supporting widening participation students at university. Centre for Educational Sociology Briefing, The University of Edinburgh