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Digital skills training

On this page you'll find information about our skills training events, as well as links to other training offered by the Library & IT Services, and the Academic Skills Community...

Forthcoming training sessions

Digital skills training

& Academic Skills Community workshops


We run a number of skills training sessions each term.

Digital skills training sessions and Digital Wednesdays are open to all members of the University. Academic Skills Community and other sessions may be limited to students only. You can filter the list to only show sessions of relevance to staff.

To book onto a session, follow its link below (you'll need to log in to the booking system). If a session you're interested in is full, sign up onto the waiting list — if we have enough interest in a session we may repeat it. You'll also find copies of our slides throughout the Skills Guides

Most of our training is online but we've made space available on campus should you need somewhere to join from.

Next skills sessions:

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Other sessions:

We also run a number of specialised training sessions for staff and research postgraduates:

Training sessions for postgraduate researchers and staff

The Open Research team offer training to postgraduate researchers and staff through the Research Excellence Training (RET) programme.

To book a session go to: SkillsForge - Postgraduate Researchers or LMS - Staff (login required)


Spring Term sessions


You can also contact the team by email lib-open-research@york.ac.uk to:

  • ask a question
  • request training for your department, research group, staff and/or postgraduate researchers

Alternatively, book an Open Research Online Appointment to discuss your individual needs.

Digital skills training

Our Digital skills training programme is open to all members of the University.

We have a broad range of content as part of the programme (including our Digital Wednesdays), but each term we aim to include the following eight core sessions:

Follow the links above for more help on the topic and to see if any forthcoming sessions have been scheduled.

Digital Wednesdays

Digital Wednesdays are a range of sessions on various themes outside of our core selection of training. They may have a specialist focus, or they may just be plain out there! The only essential is that they're on a topic that's remotely digital.

Creative Coding

For Digital Wednesdays this term, we are running a series of Learn to code creative coding sessions that will introduce you to a variety of coding languages environments. Each tool been chosen for its ease-of-use, and because it will contribute to your overall understanding of coding.

You can come to just one session that interests you most, or all of them. You'll find them all on the training sessions list, under the Digital Wednesdays banner. You can also find more about coding on our Coding Practical Guide.

The animated GIF above was created using Processing, which is similar to one of the tools we'll be using, p5.js.

An animated gif of the JB Morrell Library being drawn line-by-line
Learn to Code

Academic Skills Community

The Academic Skills Community is the University of York approach to learning and communication support designed to help students advance their academic, language and interpersonal abilities.

Academic Skills Community workshops take place regularly as informal face-to-face or online sessions on the following skills areas:

Academic Critical Reading

Academic Critical Writing

Data Skills

Communication & Collaboration

Self Development & Reflection

Digital Skills (via the Digital skills training programme)

Need a space to join our online training?

Most of our teaching this term will be delivered online via Zoom, but we’re making rooms available as somewhere you can go if you want to join the sessions while on campus. Before 6pm, whenever there isn’t face-to-face teaching booked in LFA/144 it will be available as a place to drop in and join any online training event, including Academic Skills Community, Digital Skills Training and Digital Wednesdays sessions. We’ve also booked out PC classrooms for more hands-on sessions (see individual event booking pages for more details). These rooms won’t be staffed. You will need to bring your own device if you’re using LFA/144, and please use headphones. Laptops are available for loan within the Library, and these will require headphones with a 3.5mm plug (Bluetooth headphones won’t work). You will also need to install Zoom on these devices to get the most out of the sessions.

For LFA/144, turn left in the Library lobby, follow the corridor to the far stairs, and go up to the first floor. LFA/144 is facing you on the right.
Digital Wellbeing: a free online course
Digital Wellbeing
a free online course
Digital Wednesdays