About Us


In 2006, the University made a decision to bring together a range of existing learning support initiatives funded by Widening Participation (WP) and Teaching Quality Enhancement Fund (TQEF) into one central service


This was further supported by Aston’s involvement in the ‘Write Now!’ Centre for Excellence in Teaching and Learning (http://www.writenow.ac.uk), which aims to improve student achievement through the development of innovative, evidence-based provision focused on writing for assessment.

Aston Learning Development Centre

It is the mission of the Learning Development Centre to help all Aston students (pre- and post entry) develop the skills necessary for their own academic and professional success. We seek to enhance the learning experience in both a physical and virtual way. We provide a flexible environment that encourages independent study and group work. Services available from the LDC include;

  • Advice on writing for assignments and research
  • Maths drop-in centre
  • General study skills guidance
  • Development of programming skills
  • A flexible environment that encourages independent study and group work

Our experienced staff deliver a programme of workshops throughout the year, one-to-one study skills tutorials and a drop in service (i.e no appointment is necessary) for individual maths support.

The LDC supports the role that technology plays in enhancing learning, and provides a range of online resources and equipment, such as wireless Internet access, laptop computers, and bookable audio visual equipment. Expert advice is also available for students requiring adaptive software and technologies.

For more information about the LDC Team please view the staff profiles below:

Ellen Pope - Head of Learning and Development Centre

Debbie De - Learning Advisor

Olu Popoola - Learning Advisor

Nicola Allett - Learning Advisor

Gloria Hunt - Helpdesk Support

Sue Hesson - Helpdesk Support

Surjit Kaur - Helpdesk Support

Khadija-Tul Kubra - Helpdesk Support 

Harry Flynn - Maths Advisor

Alex Mitchell - Maths Advisor 

Gareth Woods - Maths Advisor



Attend our workshops to improve your study skills and learning management

Student Profile

Student Profile

Julia Celeste Molina Austin

Master of Business Administration

"On each appointment I had, the LDC staff were consistently fully engaged, patient, kind and adapted to my specific writing assignment needs"




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Book a Tutorial

Book a tutorial with the Learning Development Centre to discuss essay questions and academic skills