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 Will Hall 
  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 

For further information email Will Hall.


Academic Research Positions


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.


  • 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 careers (@gold.ac.uk)


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.


  • 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.  


  • 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 the centre.