Information for Staff

​Guiding principles

As Academic Skills Specialists, our role is to enhance curricula at Cardiff Met by providing specialised academic skills teaching and learning activities. Our goal is to provide innovative, impactful and challenging teaching and associated resources that are overtly aspirational. Indeed, all of our activities are underpinned by these elements:

Whilst we provide students with a considerable amount of practical assistance in developing some of these skills, our work is shaped by a broader context, for it is focused on altering behaviour and developing what we consider to be academic literacies.

Learning and teaching

All of our teaching and learning activities are adapted so that they are contextualised and aligned to assessment requirements. Furthermore, students are required to participate actively in the sessions; experiential learning is used to engage students more effectively and promote deep-level learning.

Our teaching covers a range of topics, including:

Writing in an academic style

Structuring an essay

Constructing an assignment or report

Developing your writing process

Referencing accurately

Adopting criticality

Developing stronger arguments

Common writing mistakes and improving English grammar

Techniques for exam revision

Making effective notes

Preparing presentations

Improving proofreading skills

Formulating research questions

Contact us

We will be more than happy to meet and discuss any aspect of our work with you if you are considering using our services. Please contact us at one of the following email addresses:

Dr Chris Dennis -

Stuart Abbott -

Academic Skills -

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