Academic Skills Special Interest Group

One way in which we aim to create conditions throughout Oxford where excellence in teaching and assessment can thrive is by bringing educators, administrators and students together through our facilitated education community. The community offers different opportunities for staff to enhance and support their practice – from open networks and user groups, to special interest groups.

One of these is the Academic Skills Special Interest Group (Academic Skills SIG). Find out about other groups in our education community.

What is the Academic Skills SIG?

The Academic Skills SIG brings together professional service and academic staff from across the collegiate University with a remit and/or shared interest in supporting students’ academic skills development.

The group is facilitated by the Centre for Teaching and Learning and organised via Teams.

Meetings are held twice a term, with a reading group mid-term, either in person or online. They provide opportunities to network, share good practice, experience and resources, and contribute to projects led by the Centre in the area of academic skills development at undergraduate and postgraduate levels. 

Who is the Academic Skills SIG for?

The group is open to all professional services staff, academics and early-career researchers at Oxford with an active interest and/or remit in supporting students’ academic skills development.

How can I join the Academic Skills SIG?

Step 1: Make sure you are logged into MS Teams

Step 2: Click on this link. This will join you to our Education Community Team automatically and you will then be able to view the Academic Skills SIG Team Channel.

If you don’t have a SSO (Single Sign-On) account or have difficulty joining, please contact us.

How can I manage my notifications for the Education Community Team?

If you change nothing about your Teams notifications, you will receive both desktop notifications and activity feed alerts for @mentions, direct messages (chat), and all new conversations and @mentions in all channels within the Education Community Team, not just those for the Academic Skills SIG Team Channel.

If you would like to turn off notifications from any channel in the Education Community Team (ie for those groups you do not wish to follow), here is how to customise notifications in a Teams channel.

More details of how to change notifications can be found at Learn how to choose the right settings to fit your preferences.

If you have any queries, please contact us.

When are the next meetings of the Academic Skills SIG?

In 2023-24, meetings of the Academic Skills SIG will be held as below.

Calendar invitations and other details will be posted in the Academic Skills SIG Channel in our Education Community Team

To join the Team, make sure you are logged into MS Teams, then click on this link. This will join you to the Team automatically and you will then be able to view the Channel.

 

Date

Time and format
1

Mon 25 Sep 2023 (Wk -1, MT23)

10-11.30am, in-person

2

Tue 7 Nov 2023 (Wk 5, MT23)

 

MT23 reading group

12noon-1pm, online

3

Thu 14 Dec 2023 (Wk 10, MT23)

2-3.30pm, in-person

4

Wed 17 Jan 2024 (Wk 1, HT24)

3-4pm, online

5

Thu 15 Feb 2024 (Wk 5, HT24)

HT24 reading group

9-10am, online

6

Mon 18 Mar 2024 (Wk 10, HT24)

10-11.30am, in-person

7

Tue 16 Apr 2024 (Wk 0, TT24)

9.30-11am, in-person

8

Wed 22 May 2024 (Wk 5, TT24)

TT24 reading group

12noon-1pm, online

Can I view materials from previous meetings?

Once you have joined the Academic Skills SIG, materials from previous meetings will be available to you via the Academic Skills Special Interest Group Channel in the Education Community Team.

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