September: Intro to DACE

The South Wales Miners’ Library is also the Adult Education Library. We are the Subject Support team for DACE students, offering assistance with searching the catalogue, locating articles, referencing queries and using Turnitin. More information on this, alongside numerous resources and links, can be found on our new Libguides pages. While SWML provides the Library support, the DACE admin team are there for course-related, financial and other administrative queries.

As September will see new students enrolling as well as older ones returning, we thought it would be a good idea to ask the DACE admin team to write up a short blog which provides some facts about who they are, what they do and how to keep in touch with them.

Welcome to the Department of Adult Continuing Education! (DACE)


Every year, around 2,000 students pass through DACE.  Some students pursue subjects with a specific aim in mind, such as a change in career or a new academic course of study while others develop completely new interests.  Whatever the reason, you are assured of a really diverse group of adult students with different backgrounds who come from all walks of life. Furthermore you are also assured of a warm welcome from a highly committed and enthusiastic group of tutors.

Our wide range of courses at DACE has been designed to be flexible with clear opportunities for progression underpinned by a broad range of support to enable you to reach your potential and succeed.

Academic Study Support

At DACE we recognise that adult students need to have flexibility in the way that they study.  Whatever their individual situation – whether they are keen to update their writing skills or want to develop new learning strategies to support their studies, we have something to offer.

New students often require support and encouragement before embarking on Higher Education.  Whether students study on campus or in the community there is a wide variety of learning resources to help them make the most of their learning experience, from study skills workshops to one-to-one support sessions or online resources such as the Assignment Survival Kit.  ASK at

Furthermore, the STAR Handbook provides advice on how to develop effective strategies for studying. It has been designed to identify and develop the specific academic skills students need to succeed, such as essay and report writing, preparing a presentation, time management, grammar and punctuation and referencing.  Click on the link to view the STAR HANDBOOK

Library Support

A DACE student’s first contact with library and information support is often the South Wales Miners’ Library (SWML), located on the Hendrefoelan Campus.  The library provides support for all students enrolled on DACE courses.  DACE students with a valid student library card can also use the Library and Information Centre on the main University campus.

Advice and Guidance Support

At DACE we also offer a free and impartial careers and educational advice and guidance service for students.  To book an appointment for a face-to-face meeting or to speak with an adviser, please ring  01792 602211.  You can also email any questions to Jane Lingard at

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