To say this term has been a different experience to any other term would be an understatement but the Centre for Lifelong Learning, both staff and students, have worked incredibly hard to provide a supportive, friendly academic cohort over the past few weeks.
As the Student Support Team we have worked together to make changes to our offer so we could still reach our cohort to ensure they feel part of the Centre.
Along with increasing our online self-guided resource suite, we have telephone one to one essay clinics with the Centre’s Senior Tutor, Anil Awesti, giving the students a chance to speak to an academic about their written work. We also run fortnightly study skills workshops via Teams. So far these have covered notetaking, learning styles, effective online learning, and organisational skills which have been attended by both undergraduate and postgraduate CLL Students. In the coming weeks we will be working with the Library and the Wellbeing team to provide workshops on productivity and staying healthy whilst studying.
As well as providing wellbeing support through our workshops, Elaine Moore, the Welfare Officer, provides online and telephone one to one pastoral support providing guidance, advice, and a listening ear for any students who need it.
Alongside our study, academic, and wellbeing support, the team has been running a weekly online social catch ups for students to drop in and chat about their week, their studies, their families – whatever comes up!
Not only have these chats been able to provide a sense of togetherness, along with our student Facebook group, they have demonstrated how supportive the CLL community is. The team has been incredibly proud to see how students have reached out and provided guidance to each other in such uncertain times.
Although this first term has not been easy, our cohort have risen to the challenge and adapted impressively well, and we hope the support we have offered them has helped make their experience run a little smoother.