Stepping Up to Higher Education Workshops

The Stepping up to Higher Education workshops are designed to support your transition into higher education, providing you with the opportunity to plan, prepare and practice the skills you will need at UCSD. The sessions are held in the University Centre. You can apply for a certificate of achievement once you have completed all 6 workshops. 

Our Workshops

What is it like to study at UCSD?  

This workshop offers an experience what it is like to study at UCSD. Here you will have the chance to explore the UCSD building, discuss what to expect in your teaching sessions, and find out about some of the key resources that we use. There will also be an extended Q&A for any questions that you have.  

UCSD expectations and standards  

In this workshop we highlight some of the key expectations and standards for your studies. This includes the expectation and standards that UCSD has of students, as well as what you can expect from teaching staff.  

Thinking about ‘employability’  

The aim of this workshop is to get you thinking about your learning and experience in terms of life goals and ambitions. We cover what we mean by ‘employability’, how your studies will build your employability, and some tips to get started tracking your development. You will also be introduced to some of our careers-related resources. 

Wellbeing for study   

This session will focus on how you can manage your wellbeing whilst studying, will discuss time management, and strategies to support your positive wellbeing, and what to do if things get challenging. 

Reading techniques for HE 

This workshop introduces reading techniques for study at Higher Education. These tips and tricks will support you to engage with a wide variety of academic literature, research, and reports, think critically about the texts you are reading, and to find the information that you need. You will also have the chance to see our library resources.  

Academic writing for HE 

Writing techniques for studying at Higher Education are introduced. It offers a broad introduction to the principals that underlay different kinds of assessment, how to begin thinking about and planning assessments, and some tips and tricks for academic writing. You will also be introduced to Cite Them Right – the academic referencing guide. 

Workshop dates, times and booking form will be made available here in June 2023 for September starts

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Additional support

If you have a disability or learning difficulty, our HE Disability Team can help you access additional study support to enable you to reach your full potential at UCSD.

For more information on learning difficulties and the support available please click here.

If you would like support with careers and employability visit Employability and Next steps or contact [email protected] to book a one-to-one session.

For all Wellbeing support please email [email protected].

Contact Details

UCSD Faculty Office: [email protected] 

Study Skills Team: [email protected] 

Wellbeing Team: [email protected] 

Disability Team: [email protected] 

Progression and Employability – [email protected]