9.2 Support and Resources for Learning and Professional Development
The Library has a designated Academic Support Librarian (ASL) for each academic department. The Academic Support Librarians are able to provide advice about Library services and resources for staff who are planning courses or putting together course materials and module websites. They can give advice on the Talis Aspire Reading List software which can help you with acquiring resources and which improves the student experience by connecting them seamlessly to their reading material.
The ASLs work with academic colleagues to embed information skills throughout the curriculum, including the Student as Researcher programme (see https://warwick.ac.uk/services/library/staff/student-as-researcher/). They can also provide discipline-specific text about the Library for student handbooks. These include:
- General information about accessing and using the Library, various Learning Grids and the Modern Records Centre
- Information sources for your subject
- Developing information and research skills
- Sources of help and advice
The Library website at https://warwick.ac.uk/library for general information, and to subject web pages at https://warwick.ac.uk/library/subjects/ for support in starting research in their subject area. Regular news and updates can be found via the Library’s homepage, Facebook pages (@WarwickUniLibrary) and its Twitter/Instagram account (@warwicklibrary).
The Library also manages a number of learning and teaching spaces from which skills enhancement and community engagement programmes are run:
The Learning Grid, University House: https://www.warwick.ac.uk/library/using/libspaces/learning_grid/
The Learning Grid Rootes: https://warwick.ac.uk/library/using/libspaces/grid_rootes
The Learning Grid Leamington: https://warwick.ac.uk/library/using/libspaces/grid_leamington
Wolfson Research Exchange (for all Warwick’s researchers): https://warwick.ac.uk/library/using/libspaces/research-exchange
The Student Careers team offers a wide range of online resources, workshops, 1:1 information, advice and guidance, employer presentations, careers fairs and a student helpdesk accessible in person, by email and phone. Student Careers can help students:
Understand what’s important to them, their values, strengths and career goals.
Recognise and develop the transferrable skills employers look for.
Research employers, search for vacancies, gain work or volunteering experience and find a job or further study place for after graduation.
Each academic department has a designated Careers Consultant who can provide discipline-specific support for students and online careers. This can include 1:1 careers guidance, support for alumni events and discipline-specific information sessions.
Skills and Student Development
Skills and Student Development offers a wide range of online resources, workshops, 1:1 support, advice and guidance at all levels of study. There are three distinct programmes aimed at undergraduates, taught postgraduates and postgraduate research students. This includes:
- Warwick Skills Portfolio Awards
- Student Enterprise Fund
- Undergraduate Research Support Scheme
- 1:1 appointments on academic skills
- Personal writing mentors
- Drop in sessions for support in maths and stats.
- Study and Research Skills sessions like academic writing, notetaking, speed reading, project management, critical thinking and exam revision.
- Personal Development sessions like presentation skills, leadership, assertiveness and team work
- Programmes and events for female personal development
For the latest Student Careers and Skills guide, see: http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/9551a1bc#/9551a1bc/10
For more information: https://warwick.ac.uk/services/skills/
IT Services provide the essential resources and support necessary to give all students access to information technology services and support. If students have problems with IT related issues, IT Services provide a dedicated Help Desk. Students can go to the drop-in centre on the 1st floor of the Library building (Monday to Friday, 9am-5.30pm), telephone 024 765 73737 (Monday to Friday, 8.30am-5.30pm) or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Every student, with the exception of those students on courses at partner institutions which are validated by the University, is entitled to register to use the services provided by IT Services, which can be accessed from anywhere on campus. Information on setting up an account, accessing the network from on and off campus, printing and purchasing computers is available on-line at: https://warwick.ac.uk/its
IT Services also produce information on acceptable use of University IT facilities for students and staff: https://warwick.ac.uk/regulation31
A range of Help Desk Leaflets providing useful IT support information are available from: https://warwick.ac.uk/servicedesk/leaflets or students can pick up copies from the IT Services Help Desk Drop-in centre.
IT services also provide support for personal computer-related issues such as slow performance, removing viruses, replacing hardware and assisting with file recovery.
The training service provided by IT Services is available to all University students and is provided to facilitate students to work more effectively with applications delivered by IT Services: https://warwick.ac.uk/its/servicessupport/training
IT Services provides a number of open access work areas across Gibbet Hill, Westwood and main campuses, accessible to all students, and the University provides student residences with a network connection and access to wireless.
For further information on the Residential Network Service (ResNet), please visit: https://warwick.ac.uk/its/servicessupport/networkservices/resnet/
The https://warwick.ac.uk/languagecentre supports the University’s commitment to the increased provision of foreign language learning opportunities for undergraduate and postgraduate students across the University. For those interested in developing their language skills, the Language Centre offers a wide range of modules and the facilities, resources and programmes to support students. There are a number of choices available for acquiring a new foreign language or brushing up language skills:
i Modules for credits on the academic programme
These can be taken as part of an undergraduate degree course, but must be agreed with the student’s home department before enrolling. There are a range of levels available, as well as accelerated options for those who want to develop their language skills at a faster pace. More information is available from: https://warwick.ac.uk/languagecentre/academic/
ii Academic modules not for credit
The same modules as those available for academic credit are also available to take in addition to degree studies. A fee applies to these modules. More information is available from: https://warwick.ac.uk/languagecentre/academic/fees/
iii Lifelong Language Learning (LLL) Courses
A programme of language courses available to students and staff from beginner through to advanced level. More information is available from: https://warwick.ac.uk/languagecentre/lifelonglearning/
Online enrolment for Lifelong Language Learning courses is available from midS eptember. The Language Centre is located on the ground floor of the Humanities Building and can be contacted by email: email@example.com