I hold a part-time position as Lecturer in Academic Skills in the Department of English at the University of Bristol, and am one of three course directors of the Foundation Year in Humanities. I teach academic skills, convene the study skills and the dissertation unit, and offer UCAS advice to these students. I also support and mark the dissertations written by the final-year students on the BA English Literature and Community Engagement.

The students on each of these courses are returning to education after a long gap (several decades for some) and can range in age from their early twenties to pensioners. Such a mixed group makes peculiar demands on the teaching staff, but they are enormously rewarding to teach.