HEAR: Academic skills

Enhance your skills to get the most out of your academic programme.

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Academic Skills Programme

This student has attended a series of skills workshops and completed assignments where they have demonstrated the application of their learning. The transferable skills developed include: effective reading strategies, effective communication in group situations, listening skills, note taking, researching and identifying relevant information, and writing skills.

To achieve the Certificate you need to:

  1. Register your interest by in the Academic Skills Certificate by emailing academicskills (@gold.ac.uk)
  2. Complete the Skills Self-Assessment Questionnaire that will be sent to you
  3. Attend four workshops from the Academic Skills Programme
  4. Submit reflective exercises for each workshop 

Activity Organiser: Sian Cannell 

For further information email academicskills (@gold.ac.uk)

 

Academic Research Positions

Description

GRIP is for penultimate year undergraduate students to gain practical, paid experience in a research setting. This improves both research-specific skills and broader transferable skills.   Students will receive training and development in the research process, time management and project management. GRIP interns work alongside an academic Project Lead assisting in a defined area of their research.

Criteria

  • Be successful in obtaining an 8-week GRIP internship through a competitive application process.
  • Complete internship to an acceptable standard.
  • Have this endorsed by the Project lead.

How do I find out more?

Email Vanessa Freeman in the Careers Service 

Description

Students may be able to find work in their departments assisting academics with ongoing research projects. They develop knowledge of academic research, indexing and referencing, qualitative and quantitative research methods, independent study, collaborating in a research setting, and/or assisting in a creative capacity for research projects in the arts and humanities sectors.

Criteria

  • Commit to working on a research project for a minimum of 15 hours
  • Complete a reflective log that will be signed by the lead academic researcher on the project and submitted to the Activity Organiser

How do I find out more?

Research Assistants are recruited internally in departments. If a student wishes to find a position as a Research Assistant, they are advised to speak to their Personal Tutor or Lecturers to enquire about any available work. If they are successful and their work meets the criteria, they may email HEAR to have this work added.

English Language Centre

This student has successfully completed Academic English Skills development: an optional short course which develops skills valuable for the workplace: writing in a clear, concise and persuasive manner, negotiating various writing genres, prioritisation of tasks and managing time effectively, enhancing research and note-taking skills, and developing confident presentation skills.  

Criteria

  • Completed at least 80% attendance
    Demonstrated engagement by completing tasks set by the teacher

How do I record this activity on my HEAR?

Find out more about the English Language Centre or contact Marl'Ene Edwin, Centre Manager.

PAL

Description

Peer Assisted Learning (PAL) is an international model for peer-led learning called Supplemental Instruction. PAL Leaders are trained to facilitate in pairs. PAL Leaders deliver a weekly 50-minute session for under 20 students and attend regular debrief sessions with PAL staff. Leaders develop skills including communication, time management, leadership, teamwork, group dynamics and facilitation.

Criteria

  • Be available to attend a 1.5-hour briefing in May
  • Be available to attend 2 days of training in June
  • Provide 20 hours of face to face study sessions across the academic year (primarily in autumn and spring terms)
  • Participate in session preparation prior to and debriefings following PAL sessions
  • (To become a PAL Leader you must have achieved 40% or above in all modules required to proceed into year 2 of your studies.)

How do I find out more?

Contact the Learning Support Coordinator (PALs).

Funding: PAL Leaders receive a bursary as part of this activity