The 'Advantage Initiative'

The Student Learning Advisory Service (SLAS) is very keen to expand its support of students' learning development by offering an additional initiative called the Advantage Initiative (AI).


What is the 'Advantage Initiative'?

The 'Advantage Initiative' (AI) is a Student Learning Advisory Service initiative, established in 2007. If offers Schools and partner/associate colleges the opportunity of embedding tailor-made study skills sessions within their core modules. Student Learning Advisors deliver the study skills sessions in collaboration with module tutors and thus form part of a targeted and integrated approach to learning.

AI involves a shift of emphasis towards partnerships with Schools, and away from exclusively relying on centralised provision. It ensures that study skills are integrated within the core modules and form an integral part of a student's entitlement. The danger of students perceiving SLAS as only remedial and generic is thus removed.

Embedding academic skills within core modules and offering AI sessions on all of the campuses and teaching centres (including partner and associate colleges) contributes significantly to the quality and enhancement of the student experience.

This initiative is beneficial to ALL students - AI provides a bridge for first year students moving into higher education and for mature students returning to study. This function continues beyond the first year of study where AI sessions are offered to other years and to postgraduate students.

Increasing levels of demand for the service demonstrate that AI is meeting a real need and plays a valued part in the overall success of the University.

The advantages are as follow:-

  • Students and their perceptions
  • Quality of Student experience
  • Greater level of support and engagement from students
  • Enhancement of Student Learning Experience
  • Improvement of Student Learning Experience
  • Parity of experience
  • Entitlement for all
  • Developmental and NOT remedial
  • Retention programme taking place right at the beginning of a student's start at university - Bridges the gap.
  • Asset for departments
  • Shortcut: saves time for departments
  • Innovation and best practice
  • Good practice to share and disseminate
  • Value for money
  • Ownership/buying-in
  • SLAS - outward facing / outreach


  • School of Anthropology and Conservation
  • School of Architecture
  • School of Arts
  • School of Biosciences
  • Canterbury College
  • Centre for American Studies
  • Counselling
  • Graduate School
  • Kent Business School
  • Partnership Development
  • School of Computer Science
  • School of Economics
  • School of Engineering and Digital Arts
  • School of English
  • School of European Culture and Languages
  • School of History
  • School of Mathematical Science and Actuarial Science
  • School of Politics and International Relations
  • School of Psychology
  • School of Physical Sciences
  • School of Social Policy, Sociology and Social Research


  • Computing
  • Creative Events
  • Centre for Professional Practice
  • Centre for Professional Practice/Dentistry
  • Fine Arts
  • Kent Business School
  • Mid Kent College
  • Medway School of Pharmacy
  • Music Technology
  • Social Work
  • School of Sports and Exercise Sciences
  • School of Social Policy, Sociology and Social Research
  • West Kent College

How to take part

If you are interested in taking part or would like to find out more, please contact the Student Learning Advisory Service (SLAS).




01227 82(7124) or 01634 88(8883)





Guidelines and procedures

  • AI offers FREE embedded and tailor-made study skills sessions to schools and departments. However, since we have limited resources, we need to plan ahead carefully and would therefore ask you to make your requests as early as possible. Please help us to help you, by giving us as much notice as you possibly can.
  • We will try to accommodate as many requests as we can for embedded sessions. We will attempt to address last minute requests for support, but this may not always be possible because of other SLAS commitments.
  • The subject-specific focus of AI requires greater preparation time to ensure that teaching materials are closely lined to specific module content.
  • If schools/departments are unable to give exact days/dates at this stage, please give likely week(s) and number of sessions requested.
  • We would appreciate receiving your provisional requests as soon as possible, and by mid-August at the latest.
  • To help us keep track of all requests for embedded sessions, please use the attached confirmation form. Canterbury or Medway
  • AI is offered throughout the Autumn, Spring and Summer terms. We encourage schools/departments to spread the load throughout the teaching year, in order to avoid any disappointment, and for SLAS to be able to respond to as many requests as possible.
  • Once an advisor has been allocated to lead your AI session, please add them to your Moodle module in order to allow them to access module information and to post any teaching materials.
  • In order to emphasise the point that embedded sessions are important part of the mainstream learning programme and not a 'bolt on', could we please also ask that the regular module tutor is available to introduce the SLAS advisor at least at the first session.
  • In order to meet AI requests involving large numbers of teaching sessions and to further enhance the AI benefits within your programme through the seminar system, we will offer to 'teach the teachers' - 'train the trainers' sessions. There will be a bespoke training sessions for your seminar leaders. Please let us know if you would be interested in making this training programme available to your seminar leaders.


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Last Updated: 25/10/2019