The Student Learning and Development Centre is a space where students feel comfortable about raising issues that may help them to study or learn more effectively.
The centre, which works under the umbrella of CELT, should help to build confidence and self-esteem, especially when mitigating circumstances arise. It should also be a catalyst for those who are involved in different aspects of student support to work together on a student’s behalf.
The Student Learning and Development Centre was approved by the Executive Board on January 23rd 2009. The type of support provided depends, primarily, on individual or group needs. Essentially, it consists of individual consultations with a learning skills adviser or small group consultations where student needs are common. Workshops are offered to all students, undergraduate and postgraduate alike, on a range of academic and study-related skills.
Whatever the nature of the request or need, providing that each fall within the categories of learning referred to above, staff of the Centre can respond as appropriate. It is anticipated that, overall, the Centre will prove invaluable in both easing the transition from second to third level study, while improving retention rates. The work of the Centre will be augmented by initiatives in orientation, induction, mentoring and learning needs screening.