Support for academic staff
Research, academic and digital skills training
We provide information skills sessions for your students at all levels, covering a variety of topics tailored to meet your students’ needs:
- Getting started using the Library
- Researching for your assignments using the Library
- Researching at dissertation level
- Bespoke training for researching using specific resources or information
We offer bespoke design and delivery of study skills support on a range of topics such as:
- Referencing APA Harvard style
- Academic writing including reflective pieces, essays, blogs, reports and dissertations
- Critical analysis (including writing and reading)
- Presentation skills
- Revision and exam techniques
- Effective group work
We help students make the best use of IT and digital resources through face-to-face and online training sessions. Topics include:
- Social media
We don't offer...
- Mathscope provides maths and statistics support to students.
- Contact the Wellbeing team for information and advice about counselling.
- To find out more about disability contact AskUS.
- Native English speakers requiring language support should contact Wordscope. Students who have English as their second language should contact LEAP (Learning English for Academic Purposes).
Work with us
The best way to incorporate skills support into your programmes is to:
- make it specific to an assignment
- have a clear learning objective
- time it at an appropriate point of the semester
- schedule the session into the timetable.
The more involved academic staff are in the process, the more successful the learning outcomes. Students are more engaged when sessions are relevant to their needs and co-delivered by tutors. Collaboration between the Library and academics works!
There are a number of ways that we can work with you:
- Design the content
Help us to design the workshop by providing subject-specific material, examples, assignment briefs, sample assignments, etc. that we can incorporate into the session.
- Co-deliver the session with us
This works particularly well when we give the skills advice and you provide the discipline-related detail, guidance and examples.
- Use our resources
We can assist with designing or providing resources such as PowerPoint slides and handouts that you deliver yourself. You can also use the online resources and choose the student engagement level (i.e. optional, directed, integrated or contextualised).
Ordering materials for your teaching
The Library’s Collections Policy outlines the Library's approach to providing high quality, fit for purpose collections which support the University’s strategic goals for learning, teaching and research.
You are required to order materials for your teaching via the appropriate module on the University's online reading list system, Reading Lists at Salford. Additional materials for wider reading can be ordered via your Academic Support Librarian (see the contact details at the top of the page).
Staff and students can also Request new library items. In response to feedback that more books were needed, the Library has set money aside to buy additional copies of key texts or copies of books not currently in stock.