Natural Sciences

Academic and Transferable Skills Portfolio


All first year Natural Sciences students study the Academic and Transferable Skills Portfolio.

This module is designed to assist students in adapting to University-level study and provide them with a framework to build upon in later years to be successful in their studies. It is taught as a series of workshops some of which are compulsory for all, some are compulsory for specific subjects and others are optional so students can choose what they take based on their own development needs. 

Compulsory Workshops

  • Guided Tour of your Degree
  • How to Reference
  • Note Taking & Academic Study
  • Beginning to use the Library
  • Experimental Design and Analysis
  • Academic Communication: Talking about evidence
  • Using Feedback

Optional Workshops

  • Essay Writing
  • Report Writing
  • Preparing for Exams
  • Student Academic Skills Study Chat Sessions
  • Building Confidence
  • Resilience and Managing Expectations
  • Procrastination: How to get things done!

Compulsory for Specific Subjects

  • Chemistry Lab Skills: Writing Lab Reports
  • Report Writing - Biology and Ecosystem and Environment
  • Essay Writing - All essay subjects
  • Mathematics for Chemistry
  • Chemistry for Biologists
  • Mathematics Study Group
  • Physics Study Group

Continuing Professional Development

Students can continue to develop their skill set during the second, third or fourth year by taking an Advantage Award module in Academic and Transferable Skills. This module is designed to target the top skills employers are looking for, encourage students to be more reflective about personal development and skills, and demonstrate how they can market their skills to get the job that they want. 

The compulsory workshops on this module are:

  • Professional Development and Up-Skilling
  • Business Communication
  • Presentation Skills
  • Practical Presentation Skills
  • Critical Thinking
  • Creative Thinking and Problem Solving
  • Working in a Team
  • Decision Making and Negotiation
  • Marketing your Skills

Workshops taken during your first year count towards the optional requirement for the module but there are further workshops available including Project Management, Poster Presentations and a full suite of careers workshops covering Writing a CV, Application Forms, Interview Techniques and Assessment Centres. 

There is no upper limit to the number of workshops students can take as part of this module and student can opt to take workshops at any point during their second, third or fourth year as required to support their personal development.

Natural Sciences

School of Mathematical Sciences, University of Nottingham
University Park

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