There's a range of academic support available to help you reach your full potential while studying at Christ Church, as well as opportunities to develop your skills and prepare for life after uni.

Academic support

There is a range of support available to help you reach your academic potential while at university, and to help you get back into your studies after the summer. You could:

  • Meet with your Personal Academic Tutor: every student is allocated a key named member of academic staff, from their course of study, called a Personal Academic Tutor (PAT). Whatever your situation, getting in touch with your PAT at the start of the academic year will enable you to prepare for the semester ahead and identify any skills you need to develop.
  • Explore your Learning Skills Hub: whether you need some extra help in understanding how to reference, or want to up your grades, you can find a range of resources and online modules on the Learning Skills Hub. There is even one dedicated to starting a new academic year.
  • Meet your Learning Skills Team: The Learning Skills Team work with students to develop their study skills. The team offer guidance on researching information, referencing and writing assignments. Each Faculty is assigned a specialist Learning Developer and Learning & Research Librarian to offer you personalised support
  • Connect with a Student Peer Mentor: our Student Peer Mentors are current students, trained to provide a safe and confidential space for you to talk freely and ask questions. They can provide reassurance and guidance to help you succeed in your studies, build support networks and feel connected to the wider university community.

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No matter what your situation, whether you're returning from interruption, moving up a year or need to take reassessments, there is support available to you. Visit the preparing for your next year for more information.

Digital tools

As a Christ Church student there’s a range of IT services and software available to support you in your studies both on campus and at home. Before returning back to university, take a moment to:

  • Take the digital capabilities questionnaire: the digital capabilities questionnaire will allow you to reflect on your confidence and skills across a range of digital capabilities that will help you live, learn and work in a digital society. At the end you will receive a personal report focusing on 15 areas of digital capability.
  • Discover your free software: as a student, remember you can access all the software you might need for your course for free through our App Store or Virtual Campus PC.
  • Explore the dedicated IT Service webpages: the IT Service webpages cover the full range service information available to you as a Christ Church student, including IT training and certification, printing, saving and storing your files and how we use your data.

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Blackboard modules are changing from September. All new modules starting from September 2022 will be created using Blackboard Ultra. This provides a simpler and more accessible learning experience for students and is designed for use on all devices (including mobile).

The Blackboard home page was updated last year to the new “Ultra” experience, when we enabled the new searchable courses and modules pages. We have also launched the ‘Blackboard Assist’ area where you can find links to commonly used services including Cite them Right, the Library and the Learning Skills Hub. You will notice other improvements in September when all new modules will use the new Ultra interface. Your current and past modules won’t change their look and feel, and you will still be able to access them.

Preparing for your future

The Careers and Enterprise team can support you in finding jobs and work experience, as well support in planning for your future career and building the skills you may require. To kick-start your next year why not try:

  • Exploring the Careers and Enterprise Online Hub: for information and guidance on careers, jobs and planning your future, make sure you look at the Careers and Enterprise Online Hub. You can log in to book one-to-one career guidance appointments, connect with the team on live chat and find out about the latest events. The team also host regular workshops for career development, skills building and networking. 
  • Career Development Fund: If you are looking to undertake a career development opportunity but finding it financially difficult to do so, then you may be eligible to benefit from the Career Development Fund
  • Part-time work through Unitemps: if you’re looking for part-time work alongside your studies, then Unitemps is for you. They are the University's recruitment service for students and can support you with finding a job either at the University or in the local area.
  • Volunteering: a great way to get involved at university and build your skills is through volunteering. Whether you volunteer regularly or just want to get involved in one–off events, giving up your time can make a huge difference – not only to the communities you support, but also to you and your own wellbeing.

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To find out about the Careers and Enterprise service, you can watch this video introduction to explore how they can support you throughout your time at Christ Church and after graduation.

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