Using UX research techniques to explore how Computing undergraduates understand and use library and student guidance services

Keywords: academic skills teaching, cross-team collaboration, support services, user experience


This collaborative project, between the library and student guidance services at a medium-sized UK university, used qualitative User Experience (UX) techniques to explore Computing undergraduates’ experiences of support services. The research found that most students struggled with academic skills, and felt they had lacked support in developing academic literacies. Students were often unaware of support services available from student guidance and the library. Many struggled to balance studying with work, commuting, or family life. Lack of time due to external commitments may be a barrier to accessing support services. This research project has suggested several avenues for future research, including a larger-scale study to investigate demographic categories such as mature students and overseas students, and an exploration of the needs of commuter students.