Support for Postgraduate Students

  • SLAS and the postgraduate community
  • Postgraduates involved in Teaching

SLAS and the postgraduate community

Studying at postgraduate level can be both intellectually stimulating as well as challenging, it is common to feel overwhelmed and in need of some academic guidance.

We understand the challenges that you may face, we therefore offer a mixture of resources, workshops and one to one appointments in areas such as:

For all postgraduates

  • Managing your time and academic organisation
  • Getting the best from the supervisory process
  • Extended academic writing
  • Effective literature reviews
  • Coping with the reading load
  • Effective reading and plagiarism-prevention strategies

For Masters students

  • Making the transition from undergraduate study
  • Dissertations and extended essays

For Doctoral students

  • Project management
  • Authoring a PhD
  • PhD proposals
  • The viva

What we offer

The Student Learning Advisory Service (SLAS) is a free, friendly advice service providing guidance and information on all aspects of effective learning and study skills to postgraduate students.

Individual and confidential appointments


Any student or small group of students wishing to improve their learning can make an appointment with a learning advisor (depending on availability).


If you are unable to come to a University campus, we can arrange a telephone appointment for you or you can email us for Canterbury on learning@kent.ac.uk or for Medway on learningmedway@kent.ac.uk .

Maths & Stats Clinics

Do you struggle to understand some of the basics, or feel you need additional support in understanding more advanced principles? If so, come along to the Maths and Stats Clinics.


Please see our workshop programmes:

Study Guides/Learning resources

At SLAS, we have a range of study guides and books on study skills and  techniques in our resource bank. Please call in!

Also, see our online resources which cover a wide range of topics.


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Postgraduates involved in teaching

For Postgraduates involved in teaching, a range of support is available to help you develop your teaching skills and to learn alongside other postgraduates and academic staff. See 'Developing your teaching' for more information.

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Value Grad

VALUE Grad incorporates a range of academic skills development opportunities for taught masters students at the University of Kent. It comprises four discrete programmes: Creative Language Development (CLD), Programme for International Postgraduates (PIP), the Summer Skills Forum (SSF), and a Writing Retreat, each of which addresses key challenges that masters students face during their studies, especially international/ESL students who might well be studying in English for the first time. More information

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