Student Skills

The Student Skills Unit support students throughout their studies with the development of study, literacy, numeracy, leadership and career skills. The Student Skills Unit has input into curriculum development to ensure that curricula have in-built literacy and numeracy. Staff in this unit are the bridge between the Division of Student Services and the faculties. When not supporting students, staff in this unit are contributing to knowledge development on retention and study skill strategies.

Kirsty Smith - Associate Director, Student Skills

Kirsty Smith

Contact details

Phone: (02) 6338 6265

Location: Bathurst

Kirsty has been with Charles Sturt University since 2011, first as a casual academic, then as project manager to introduce new assessment and moderation policies. She led the University’s successful application for an Athena SWAN Bronze Award for gender equity in 2018 and most recently was manager of internal communication for the brand project. Kirsty has an extensive background in communication, research and education and previously worked at TAFE as Course Coordinator and teacher on the TAFE Pathways program.

Academic Skills

The Academic Skills team helps students develop their academic literacy, learning, referencing, and numeracy skills through useful study guides, workshops, and individual appointments. Students can also submit assignment drafts for feedback on ways to improve their writing. The Academic Skills team collaborates with Faculty to design and embed programs of support that best suit the needs of students in specific subjects and courses.

Key contact

Debbie Wheeler

Debbie Wheeler
Manager, Academic Skills 

Academic Skills Coordinator, BJBS

Phone: (07) 5529 4140

Career Development

The Career Development Service can assist a student's journey towards their dream career. The team provides advice on planning a career path, preparing a resume or job application, or searching for a job. It also supports students to participate in workplace learning outside their course requirements, or to gain confidence going for job interviews.

Find out more about Earn as You Learn.

Advertise a vacant position on the online job noticeboards.

Key contact

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Cecilia Hunt
Manager, Career Development

Phone: (02) 6338 6348
Location: Bathurst

Indigenous Academic Success

The Indigenous Academic Success Program (IASP) offers a suite of study services for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students. These services are all free, easy to access and student can choose the type of service that suits them best at each stage of your study. Tailored support can be accessed in person and online.

Find out more about the IASP.

Key contact


Myra Singh
Team Leader, Indigenous Academic Success Program

Phone: (02) 6582 9342
Location: Port Macquarie

Student Leadership

The Student Leadership team oversee leadership development, student voice and mentoring programs and opportunities for students, including STRIVE. STRIVE is a leadership program for all students who hold a leadership role within Charles Sturt or in the community.

Find out more about STRIVE in the Student Portal.

Find about Mentoring in the Student Portal.

Key contact

Placeholder photo of Kerry Silverson - Coordinator, Student Leadership Program

Kerry Silverson
Coordinator, Student Leadership Program

Phone: (02) 6338 4257
Location: Bathurst

Online Study

The Online Study Advisor team removes the barriers to online study and makes it a successful experience for students. Online Study Advisors travel to selected areas around Australia and provide face to face support to students. The team works with Faculty by offering assistance to students who begin to show signs of disengagement, and create course-specific events and content for students. The team is also responsible for facilitating some orientation workshops.

Find out more about Orientation.

Key contact

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Tara Johnson
Online Education Coordinator

Phone: (02) 6051 9181
Location: Albury-Wodonga