CEED (the Centre for Educational Enhancement and Development) helps students develop the skills they need for their academic studies and beyond. We do this in three main ways:

We help you develop your academic skills: All undergraduates can use our 1:1 service and make an appointment with one of our PhD tutors to help you improve your study skills (e.g. essay writing, note-taking, time management etc.) or maths and stats skills (pure maths, applied maths, statistics*). Over 300 students make use of this service each year, and we also have an ‘ask a tutor’ email service where you can email a quick question to a tutor.

We help you develop your professional skills: CEED powers the Professional Skills Curriculum which is a development programme open to all students, accessed through the Careers Centre. It comprises dozens of workshops that are delivered via online workshops, lectures, and practical skills sessions. We have everything from leadership to resilience; influencing skills to public speaking; project management to networking. You are welcome to dip in and out of the programme as you wish, but if you complete eight or more topics over an academic year and submit a reflective essay, you receive a certificate and your achievement is listed on your degree transcript. The PSC is endorsed by the Institute of Leadership and Management. There is also the opportunity to work towards a PSC+ Award in a more specialised skill area.

We help you develop your IT skills: CEED runs a programme of IT workshops for undergraduate students, including sessions on digital wellbeing, using apps to help you learn, and curating digital content. You also have the opportunity to self-study and sit exams for a Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) certificate which is a globally recognised IT qualification. Taking part in MOS is free of charge for students at St Andrews; something that’s not normally the case in other Universities.

For more information on any of these initiatives, please visit the CEED webpages.

Academic Skills

Many Schools (including Computer Science) take part in CEED’s Academic Skills Project. The Academic Skills Project provides subject specific training in academic skills. ‌The programme is run by Computer Science PhD students and will include topics such as academic writing skills, experimental design, and an overview of abstraction in CS. All sessions will be run on the ‘Academic Skills Project - Computer Science’ Microsoft Teams. You can join using this link to get more information. If you have any questions, please email asp-compsci@st-andrews.ac.uk.

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Last Published: 19 Oct 2020.