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Academic study support

Academic skills support at St Mary's is delivered online and in-person by the Library and the Learning Development Lecturers, and English Language support is provided by English for Academic Purposes Tutors.

Online resources

Take a look at the Library online resources to see how these can support your learning and check for Library drop-in clinics and other sessions.

Drop-in support

Learning Development Lecturers (LDLs) offer support via drop-in clinics. LDLs can help with the following topics:

  • Library research, including finding resources, search strategies and more for your assignments
  • Referencing
  • Planning/structuring an assignment
  • Understanding assessment criteria
  • Academic writing
  • Critical thinking/critical analysis
  • Presentation skills
  • Time management

Have a look at our information for users to see how Learning Development Lecturers can support you.

Learning Development Lecturers

The Learning Development Lecturers work with your programme lecturers to set up initiatives to support you:

Melina Healy

  • Email:
  • Primary responsibility: Primary responsibility: Sport, Applied Health, and Performance Science. Education

William Pittam

Paul Gascoyne

Your lecturers are able to refer you for a one-to-one appointment with one of the LDLs to develop your academic skills.

Academic English support

English for Academic Purposes (EAP) Tutors carry out similar services to the Learning Development Lecturers, but they also specialise in English language support. This means any student who feels they need additional advice or support on English language issues should get in touch with an EAP Tutor.

Although this may be of particular use to students who speak English as an additional or second language, all undergraduate and postgraduate students can receive EAP support.

Learning Tutors

Lauren Gurteen

Royal Literary Fund (RLF) Writing Fellow

All students (and staff) can also book a 50-minute tutorial session with our RLF Writing Fellow to help strengthen their writing ability.