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Academic Skills support

About the Academic Skills team

The Academic Skills team can help you develop techniques to learn effectively, produce your assignments and improve your work to reach your full potential.

How can we help you?

  • Online guides for specific subject areas or academic skills topics
  • Taught workshops 
  • One-to-one appointments

Find out more about the Library and how the Academic Skills team can help you in our video below.

Your Academic Skills contacts

Team Manager

Alison Pope

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Library and Academic Skills Manager
Stoke Campus

Tel:  01782 294317
a.j.pope@staffs.ac.uk

Support for School of Digital, Technology, Innovation and Business (DTIB)

Eleanor Johnston


Academic Librarian and Skills Tutor
Stoke Campus

e.johnston@staffs.ac.uk

Eleanor is your first contact for:

  • Architecture
  • Art & Design
  • Drama and theatre arts
  • Engineering
  • English and creative writing
  • Film and media
  • International studies and history
  • Music and sound
  • Philosophy

Jodie Heap


Academic Librarian and Skills Tutor
Stoke Campus

jodie.heap@staffs.ac.uk

Jodie is your first contact for:

  • Accounting and Finance
  • Animation & VFX 
  • Business and Marketing
  • Computer Science, AI and Robotics
  • Cyber Security
  • Esports
  • Games
  • Tourism and event management

 

Support for School of Health, Education, Policing and Sciences (HEPS)

Liz White 

Academic Librarian and Skills Tutor
Stoke Campus

liz.white@staffs.ac.uk

Liz is your first contact for:

  • Allied and Public Health
  • Health ergonomics and human factors
  • Midwifery
  • Nursing
  • Operating department practice
  • Paramedic science

Tim Birch
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Academic Librarian and Skills Tutor
Stoke Campus

tim.birch@staffs.ac.uk

Tim is your first contact for:

  • Counselling
  • Psychology
  • Social Welfare
  • Social work and social care
  • Sociology
  • Criminal justice
  • Criminology and sociology

Angela Evans


Academic Librarian and Skills Tutor
Stoke Campus

angela.evans@staffs.ac.uk

Angela is your first contact for:

  • Clinical biomechanics
  • Early childhood and education
  • Education
  • Forensics
  • Sport and exercise

Jodie Heap


Academic Librarian and Skills Tutor
Stoke Campus

jodie.heap@staffs.ac.uk

Jodie is your first contact for:

  • Institute of Policing
  • Policing

Cross team support

 

Louise Yarwood

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Library & Skills Advisor

l.f.yarwood@staff.ac.uk

Arran Dickson

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Library & Skills Advisor


arran.dickson@staffs.ac.uk

Support for Staffordshire University London

Jodie Heap

Academic Librarian and Skills Tutor
Stoke Campus

Expertise: AI Literacy, Digital capabilities
jodie.heap@staffs.ac.uk

 

 

IT and Digital Capabilities Specialist

Julie Adams

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Library Digital Developer
Expertise: Digital capabilities, IT training

Stoke Campus

Tel:  01782 294183
j.f.adams@staffs.ac.uk

Library Systems and Research Support Specialist

Sarah Beighton

Research and Systems Librarian
Expertise: Library systems, eResource access, REF/STORE support

Stoke Campus


Sarah.Beighton@staffs.ac.uk

 

Study Skills

Some of the areas we can help you with include:

  • Academic Writing
  • Critical Writing
  • Effective reading
  • Paraphrasing
  • Planning your work
  • Numeracy
  • Time management

Please note that we do not proofread your work for you, but can help you learn how to do this effectively.

Explore Academic Study Skills guides

Subject Librarian support

Some of the areas we can help you with include:

  • Finding and using library resources
  • Research skills
  • Developing a search strategy
  • Understanding citing and referencing
  • Using reference management tools
  • Copyright

Explore the subject guides available for your area you are studying:

Digital Skills support

Some of the areas we can help you with include:

  • Using Microsoft Office effectively
  • Creating long documents in Word
  • Using PowerPoint for presentations or academic posters
  • Using Qualtrics survey software
  • Managing your files and using OneDrive