Supervisors, your Director of Studies (DoS), and a Specialist Associate work with you, and with each other, to support your transition to university learning.

Studying at a residential, collegiate university poses a number of opportunities and challenges from the level and open-endedness of the course content, to the discussion format of supervisions, to time management, to the development of verbal and written presentational skills. 

The student 'owns' the learning process - as in everything else, you will get more out of the collegiate learning experience, the more you put in. Your commitment is reciprocated by the support which you can expect to receive from all those involved in different roles in your learning.

Your Director of Studies meets with you individually at the beginning and end of each term, as well as being available to advise at any point on any issue arising on the academic front.

Your supervisors offer feedback on your written work, and in conversation with you and in their termly report on your progress may also make suggestions about how to get the most out of supervisions.

The College's Teaching Associate in Learning and Writing organises a program of workshops focussing on specific skill-development (eg effective reading and note taking, essay structuring, time-management etc), as well as offering one-to-one support.

"I like to work collaboratively, you are the expert on you, I am hopefully the person who can help you make sense of how you can learn."

College Teaching Associate in Learning and Writing

Sidney's Teaching Associate helps many students to develop their academic skills, including:

  • A first-year undergraduate finding time management, exam revision or referencing a bit of a mine field;
  • A second-year undergraduate thinking about the sort of independent study skills they might want to improve now they have received first-year feedback;
  • A student of any cohort wishing to chat about study skills and dissertations (from line-spacing rules, to rules of citation, plagiarism, structuring of the argument)/exam technique;
  • An International Master’s student creating their first dissertation within the English academic system and wanting to talk through appropriate forms of English expression.

Current students can book a session to see Sidney's Teaching Associate on Moodle.