Learning Development Service

Contact Info

Learning Development Service
Student Guidance Centre

Tel: +44 (0)28 9097 3618

E-mail: lds@qub.ac.uk

Office Hours

Normal hours are Monday-Friday 9.00 am to 5.00 pm.

Skype appointments are available upon request.

2011 Teaching Award Recipient


About Us


The Learning Development Service (LDS) is located within the Student Guidance Centre.  LDS works with staff and students to enhance learning and develop students’ ability to learn. We have developed resources on a range of areas including essay writing, referencing, time management and maths and statistics.  

We offer a number of services to staff and students to facilitate this process:

  • Online Resources
  • One-to-One Appointments for Undergraduate Students
  • Workshops at staff or student request

Our LDS Video offers a brief overview of our services. 


We also facilitate undergraduate peer mentoring schemes across various Schools.

Academic Literacies

LDS draws on the aligned pragmatic foundations of Academic Literacies and Writing in the Disciplines. These models reject the notion that “academic skills” are a generic or neutral skill set, which must be “acquired” by the student. It is based on the belief that separating academic development from content is artificial and that making “skills” the focus of a separate form of teaching is pedagogically and theoretically unsound approach that pathologises the student

Academic Literacies is predicated on several fundamental points:

  • Writing is inseparable from intellectual development

  • Academic practices differ across subjects.

  • Emphasis of academic development should be on process rather than product

  • Academic development should be situated in the discipline.

  • A successful approach involves a range of forms of academic production

  • Students should be viewed as joining a conversation in their discipline

Thus, this approach argues that it is through the process of academic production that students participate in their learning, and therefore that production is intrinsic to their disciplinary education and not a separate set of skills. Academic “skills” within this framework are seen as multifaceted, varied social practices which are discipline, genre, context and community specific.

A more comprehensive overview of our approach can be found in our Framework Document: Academic Literacies and LDS