Academic Support for all Students

Student in journals area, LCF library
Student in journals area, LCF library, by Ana Escobar, 2013

Academic Support at UAL is for all students whatever your level of study, subject, background or ability. Group and one-to-one sessions are offered within Colleges, openly across the University and through Academic Support Online

Academic Support aims to help you develop effective approaches to your learning, and to improve skills and understandings that are relevant both to your studies and your professional future. You will be able explore and find support in

  • Approaching learning
  • Reading and Writing
  • Research and Library skills
  • English Language
  • Digital skills
  • Making presentations
  • Collaboration skills
  • Understanding assessment

Academic Support Online is a good place to start: this is a searchable resource base where you can access information and guidance at any time, book in to Academic Support workshops, and find links to your College offer and many other useful sites.

For further information about our Academic Support offer see

Learning to use the Library

An essential aspect of academic support for all students is provided by the library: knowing how to use information resources supports not only your current studies, but also your personal and professional development and employability.

Inductions at the beginning of your course introduce the Library and the Academic Support Librarian relevant to your subject. Further sessions throughout your course develop your ability to use the library effectively so that you can find what you need and manage research. Sessions are designed to match your level of study and are arranged with your course team to ensure they are relevant and timely.

There are special collections across the Colleges, and there is a University Archives and Special Collections Centre based at the Elephant and Castle (LCC). You may be introduced to collections through your course projects or in Academic Support worskhops.

For help using the Library

  • ask for assistance at any time
  • book a one to one support session (at your Library Information Desk or arts.ac.uk/study-at-ual/library-services/contact us/)
  • check the online guides by subject
  • useASK, our online enquiry service
  • see further information about library support on Moodle
  • Library Guide 2016-17 (1.3MB PDF)

Learning Zones

Learning Zones are located within the Libraries at Kings Cross (CSM) and Elephant and Castle (LCC). These offer new technology and traditional study resources. They are informal student-focused facilities designed to encourage a culture of student ownership and peer support.

The Learning Zones offer

  • spaces for individual study and group work
  • professional advisors on hand to help you with digital skills and resources
  • assistive software such as Text help ReadWrite Gold
  • adjustable and flexible furniture
  • workshops and activities supporting your digital capabilities