About Us

The University Library Skills Team was created in June 2012 to support the University’s strategic support for skills development, combining elements of student support from other pre-existing teams. The Skills Team consists of Skills Advisers who provide a wide range of student facing services including personal appointments, skills resource development, workshops and peer mentoring schemes. We also provide consultancy services to academics, providing advice and resources to promote skills development within the curriculum.  

Meet the team

Jacqui Bartram - Library Skills Adviser

JaxJacqui has a degree in Genetics, is a qualified teacher for Adult Education and is currently working towards an EdD here at Hull looking at the development of visual literacy in UK higher education. She has over 20 years’ experience working in ICT training and teaching, with particular specialised knowledge in using presentation software. She is a trained supervisor for PASS (Peer Assisted Study Sessions) and a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. 


Stephen Casey - Library Skills Adviser

SteveSteve has a degree in Applied Biology from Brunel University and a PhD in the Conservation Genetics of Seahorses from Queen Mary University, London. He completed a postdoctoral position in Conservation Genetics at Cardiff University, after which he acquired a PGCE from Trinity College Carmarthen. He subsequently returned to Cardiff University on a short term contract to work in the Graduate Centre supporting the skills development of Postgraduate Research Students. Steve moved to the University of Lincoln in 2006 where he worked in the Graduate School for six years as the University’s Researcher Training and Development Coordinator, and continued his research in Conservation Genetics. Steve is also a trained PASS Supervisor and a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.


Paul Chin – Head of Graduate Development Services

PaulPaul has a degree in Applied Biology and started out as a Learning Technology Advisor at Hull before working for the Higher Education Academy UK Physical Sciences Centre, also based at Hull. He has many years teaching experience after gaining a HE Teaching Diploma and also has extensive staff training experience, including teaching on a PGCert course for Higher Education and is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. Paul has led a number of projects over the years including ones on employability, open educational resources and peer assessment. His current research interest is online peer learning and assessment.


Kerry Dodd- Library Skills Adviser

KerryKerry graduated with a degree in Sport and Exercise Science from the University of Hull. During her course Kerry volunteered as a PASS Leader and soon became student co-ordinator for the scheme in her department. She is now a trained PASS Supervisor and takes the lead role in managing the PASS programme. As a Skills Adviser, Kerry also undertakes a range of core activities and leads on various projects.


Lee Fallin - Library Skills Adviser

LeeLee has a degree in Geography (University of Hull) and is currently working towards his Doctorate in Education (EdD). He has a background in student engagement, student-centred research and volunteer development from his time working at Hull University Union. Lee is particularly interested in skills development, peer based support and technology enhanced learning (TEL). His current research interests include learning spaces, methodologies and geographies of place. Lee is a trained PASS Supervisor, a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and a Postgraduate Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society.


Sara Hastings – Library Skills Adviser

SaraSara has a degree in English Literature and an MA in Library and Information Management. She has worked in the Brynmor Jones Library for over 20 years in a variety of roles including Assistant Librarian for the Hull York Medical School, Academic Liaison Librarian and is now a Library Skills Adviser. Sara is particularly interested in information literacy and using the libraries resources to find information needed. She is a trained PASS (Peer Assisted Study Sessions) Supervisor and an Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.


Dave Longstaff – Library Skills Adviser

DaveDave has degrees in Maths and Applied Physics and is also a qualified teacher with a PGCE from the University of Hull. He worked as a precision instrument engineer for a number of years before going into accountancy. Following this he moved into teaching and worked at a Sixth Form College for many years and after retiring, moved to the University where he took up his current position as a Skills Adviser. Dave provides specialist support for maths, statistics and numeracy.


FionaFiona Ware – Library Skills Adviser

Fiona graduated from Loughborough University with a degree in Information and Library Studies, later going on to become a Chartered member of the Library Association (now CILIP). She has worked in higher education libraries for over 20 years, working previously as an Academic Liaison Librarian for the majority of her career. Fiona has specialised knowledge in information search skills and in particular systematic reviews, having worked in research teams at the University of Hull producing Cochrane reviews. She is a trained PASS Supervisor and Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.