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Centre for Academic Success

Centre for Academic Success


The Centre for Academic Success (CAS) is a dedicated space where students can seek in person or online advice and academic support from specialist staff and counsellors. CAS team members deliver the Academic Enrichment Programme and coordinate the Student Learning Assistant (SLA) scheme. In addition to this, CAS provides confidential learning disability support, pre-sessional Digital Literacy workshops as well as pre-sessional Academic Skills workshops. The CAS Team is constantly endeavouring to support the University’s vision of becoming a fully inclusive educational institution. 


Type of support

What it is

Academic Enrichment Programme (AEP)


  • A series of sessions arranged by lecturers to inform students about aspects of study skills relevant to their course.
  • Online drop-in support for any aspect of study skills and non-subject specific academic advice.
  • Individual virtual appointments to support students with their studies


Learning Disability Support


  • Confidential 1:1 appointments with a learning support counsellor in order to develop a plan to enable students with learning differences to manage their studies as independent learners.
  • Advice about sheltered exam arrangements

Pre-sessional Academic Skills Workshops.

  • Whether you are a fresh high school graduate or whether you are coming back to learning after a gap, these pre-sessional workshops will help you to understand the academic expectations at university.

Welfare for students under 18 years

  • Advising and counseling services for all under 18 students to help cope with the transition into university life.

Student Learning Assistants (SLA)


  • Guidance from an academically proven peer who is on the same programme as you. Our SLAs are trained to work alongside the lecturers to promote learning within the face to face and online spaces


The Centre for Academic Success is located in Room 307, Block 16.  CAS is open Sunday to Thursday, 8:30am to 5:00 pm.You can also e-mail us at


Please drop by the CAS office to find out more or book an appointment using any of the e-mail addresses mentioned below.

Faiza Umar

Head of CAS

Siobhan McNiff

Learning Disability Counselor

Suzannah Fernandes

Senior CAS Coordinator/ Under-18’s Welfare

Nora Tahir

Student Support Counselor


The Centre for Academic Success provides support to students from the time they enrol at the University, right up to the time they graduate. The daily drop-in sessions are open to all enrolled students to offer support and advice for various academic skills such as:

  • Academic writing
  • Researching
  • Referencing and avoiding plagiarism
  • Presentation skills
  • Exam and revision techniques
  • Time management
  • Understanding feedback on assignments and other such topics     

CAS tutors can help students to maximise their potential by providing them with customised support to communicate effectively in various academic contexts. For this reason, the drop-in sessions are unstructured and we encourage students to identify which aspects of academic skills they need assistance with so that the right support can be offered.

The timings for the drop-in sessions for this term are: 

  • Sunday: 10 am-12 pm
  • Monday: 2:30-4:30 pm
  • Tuesday: 4:30-6:30 pm
  • Wednesday: 2:00-4:00 pm
  • Thursday: 12:00-2:00 pm

Students can book an appointment using this link:

Middlesex Associates FZ LLC, Dubai Knowledge Park - Blocks 4, 16, 17 & 19
Admissions +971 (0)4 3678100

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