Students working in one of UWE Bristol's study spaces

Study support

We provide a host of resources and library services to help our students get the most out of learning. These consistently rank highly in the National Student Survey, and student satisfaction levels continue to rise.

Well-equipped libraries

All UWE Bristol students have access to up-to-date libraries on every campus and most other UK university libraries on application. Glenside Campus and UWE Gloucester students not only have access to an extensive health and social care library, they can also use NHS libraries and NHS Athens electronic resources.

All UWE Bristol libraries have dedicated areas for reading, private and group study. Students can also hire laptops and use onsite printing and photocopying facilities.

Extensive online resources

As well as books, journals and magazines, students can access extensive online resources including industry journals, training videos, exam papers, dissertations and more.

Students can search online databases by subject to access a wealth of exclusive data and information. Academic departments also consolidate valuable online resources such as Educational Resources for the Built Environment.

Assistive technologies

There are dedicated study areas in all of our libraries, where students with disabilities can use assistive technologies including:

  • ‘Read and Write’ software
  • Braille embossers
  • CCTV

Small items of technology such as digital voice recorders are also available for loan.

Around the clock services

Students can ‘Ask a Librarian’ for advice or support at any time of the day using our 24-hour live chat. Our Frenchay library is also open 24/7, all year round.

Be mentored

Peer Assisted Learning (PAL) is available to all of our students. Fully trained PAL Leaders provide academic advice and support and mentor other students to make the transition into Higher Education.

Our broad range of PAL services includes:

  • Helping students develop skills in referencing, using library resources, presentations, note-taking and money management.
  • Weekly English conversation sessions for international students.
  • Advice on careers resources and job applications.
  • One-to-one coaching and pastoral support for placement students and those requiring additional mentoring.

Study smarter and faster

The Library leads on responsibility for the development and co-ordination of study skills support through the Academic Literacy Forum which includes staff from all relevant areas of the University.

Before arriving, we ask all students to reflect on their goals and prepare for study using Skills4StudyCampus.

While they are here, students can learn to study smarter and faster at workshops and events delivered by our qualified library team. These include areas such as:

  • Reading and note-taking
  • Avoiding plagiarism through paraphrasing and accurate referencing
  • Time management
  • Planning and drafting written work 

Find out more about the study support services available to UWE Bristol students, including the comprehensive range of study skills training and support.

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