Learning Development Service
Student Guidance Centre
Tel: +44 (0)28 9097 3618
Normal hours are Monday-Friday 9.00 am to 5.00 pm.
Skype appointments are available upon request.
2011 Teaching Award Recipient
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:
Our LDS Video offers a brief overview of our services.
We also facilitate undergraduate peer mentoring schemes across various Schools.
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