Study support for postgraduate students

Study at postgraduate level is stimulating and enjoyable, but also demanding and sometimes challenging. Many LUMS Masters programmes provide integrated academic skills development to help you make the transition effectively; this may take the form of workshops or in some cases a dedicated module.

The Effective Learning team in LUMS

In addition to the support provided by your programme, you can access a range of activities and resources provided by the LUMS Effective Learning Team. Our aim is to help all LUMS students develop as independent and effective learners, and to achieve their full potential.

The team includes two Student Learning Advisors and a number of peer student mentors who work alongside students in a variety of ways. We also work closely with programme teams and other key people such as the subject librarian for LUMS to help you access any support you may need. We are based in B103 in LUMS (near LT10).

Effective Learning is available to all LUMS postgraduates, whether you are returning to study from the workplace, moving into a new academic and cultural environment, studying a new field or discipline, coping with health or disability issues, or simply want to maximise your academic performance.

Student Learning Advisor for postgraduate students

Gill Burgess is the Student Learning Advisor for postgraduate students in LUMS, working closely with students on taught programmes as well as research students. Throughout the academic year she provides:

  • academic skills workshops and courses to help you develop effective study strategies and practices
  • informal open-access drop-in sessions where you can discuss study issues
  • one-to-one support for students where appropriate.

 Full details can be found on our Moodle site.

You are welcome to come along to consult books and other resources on how to study effectively in the Effective Learning base in LUMS. Our Moodle site has a lot of resources to support your study as well as information about sessions and workshops.

The Academic Writing Zone  

Postgraduates on taught courses can access the Academic Writing Zone, which is a friendly place for all LUMS students to discuss academic writing issues one-to-one with a trained student writing mentor.

Our team of twelve mentors is specially trained to help you develop effective strategies for approaching and managing the writing demands of your course. They will not help you with subject content, or proofread your work, but they will be able to discuss your assignments with you, and give you helpful feedback and advice on such matters as: how to get started on your assignment, how to look for good source material, the clarity of your writing, the different types of assignments, structure and style, referencing and citation, and much more. All the sessions in the Academic Writing Zone are staffed by a Student Learning Advisor as well as student mentors. More details and to book.

Current or prospective students with queries about study issues or academic support are very welcome to contact:

The Effective Learning Team

Lancaster University Management School
Email:  lums.effectivelearning@lancaster.ac.uk