Academic Learning Development

Helping you reach your academic potential

Develop and master academic writing and the academic skills to succeed in your studies and in your career.

Students on all programmes use our service, including:

  • undergraduate students
  • postgraduate students
  • mature students
  • international students

Our Services:

Academic Skills Appointments

Book a 45 minute appointment with a Learning Adviser to discuss any aspect of assignment writing and studying. 

Appointments take place at 101 New Cavendish Street and Harrow Campus. They can be for one student or for a group (maximum 6). Topics include, but are not limited to:

  • planning your essay/dissertation
  • structuring your assignment
  • organising your time
  • writing in an appropriate style
  • critical thinking and writing
  • delivering presentations
  • preparing for exams

Booking for an appointment opens two weeks before the appointment (keep checking the booking page, as appointments will continuously become available). You may cancel an appointment up to 24 hours before it is due to take place. Bookings can be cancelled via the Engage ‘dashboard’.

Cavendish appointments take place Monday - Thursday

Harrow appointments take place on Friday (term-time).

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Assignment Quick Queries

Book a 20 minute appointment to discuss questions about your assignment. 

Appointments usually take place on Wednesdays and Thursdays between 10.30-1:30pm. Topics include, but are not limited to: 

  • Understanding question and assignment briefs
  • Planning your assignment
  • Structuring your study time
  • Brief questions on writing style and English language use
  • Referencing questions

Booking for an appointment opens two days (48 hours) before the appointment. Please be aware that quick queries are 20 minute sessions and for more in-depth queries you may need a 45 minute academic skills appointment. Bookings can be cancelled via the Engage ‘dashboard’.

>Go to quick query booking

Academic Skills Workshops

We deliver a range of workshops to help you develop your skills. Topics include:

  • Critical thinking and writing
  • Essay writing
  • Literature reviews
  • Presentations
  • Reflective thinking and writing
  • Report writing
  • Time management

Our friendly and informal workshops include presentations by our Learning Advisers, as well as exercises, group work and interaction, to ensure you get the most out of the sessions.

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Skills Resources

We provide online resources on academic skills, including helpsheets, presentations and activities. Log in to Blackboard, go to the tab 'Learning Resources' and click 'Skills Resources'.


Blog Feed:

Appointment availability

Published 9 November 2017 @ 04:21 PM, by Nicola Allett

Our Learning Adviser, Nicola Allett, is leaving the University of Westminster on 22nd November for a new role at Aston University. As a result, we are afraid that our 45 minute 'academic skills' appointments will be unavailable until the new Learning Adviser starts (which will be no later than January).

However, we will still be running the 20 minute assignment queries during this time. Booking for an appointment opens two days (48 hours) before the appointment: click to book

Welcome to Westminster!

Published 14 September 2017 @ 03:01 PM, by Nicola Allett

A warm welcome to new students joining Westminster!

To get a head start with your studies, you could take a look at the Skills Resources Blackboard, where you will find information and videos about preparing assessments.

Isabelle joins our team

Published 14 September 2017 @ 02:44 PM, by Nicola Allett

We would like to welcome Isabelle Coy-Dibley to the Academic Learning Development team. Isabelle is a current PhD student in the English, Linguistics and Cultural Studies Department, researching the relationship between memory, touch and language in women’s experimental literature. She will be supporting students with their academic writing in both workshops and assignment quick query sessions.