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Learning Development

Our focus

The Learning Development (LD) team in the School of Social Sciences, History and Philosophy (SSHP) aims to:

  • support the development of independent, autonomous students, providing them with academic skills aligned to the requirements of their course
  • support equality of experience, and inclusive pedagogic practice in academic teams in order to give students equality of experience
  • create, drive, and promote initiatives which support equality and reduce the attainment gap within SSHP and the College.

The SSHP LD team is responsible for coordinating and signposting the learning and academic development support available to students in the School.

All SSHP LD services and resources are presently online, live or pre-recorded. We believe this creates greater accessibility and equality by enabling students to review, access and contemplate learning material. Thus, enhancing and deepening student learning.

In addition to enhancing students’ academic performance by providing support, it collaborates with colleagues to identify and respond to students’ needs. The LD team has a range of online events and resources which are primarily accessed via Moodle and designed to support your academic progress.

The SSHP LD team works with Birkbeck’s Central Study Skills team to ensure academic support is designed to help students. The LD team also works with colleagues and academic staff to develop good pedagogic practice, which includes supporting the personal tutoring process.

The SSHP LD team is led by Ray Rose Raymond and supported by Oliver Chinyere as the LD administrative assistant. Students can

Ongoing initiatives 

  • The Student Success Bulletin is distributed on Moodle weekly throughout the academic year and informs students of events, workshops and provides academic resources.
  • The Academic Support Newsletter is emailed on a termly basis and seeks to inform, engage and encourage the development of SSHP student performance and experience.
  • Virtual one-to-one meetings with students occur on Wednesdays from 12-4.30pm and must be booked individually via Moodle.
  • A student drop-in service is available to students on Thursdays from 3.30-5.30pm (unless stated otherwise).
  • Multimedia events, discussions, workshops and podcasts will be available to students throughout the academic year. Events and workshops will be listed on Moodle and the Birkbeck events calendar. Specific podcasts and recordings will be available on Moodle.