Last week, we checked out the Library Services at Queen’s. This week, we look to the Learning Development Service (LDS) and how students can use LDS.

Why not view the About Us page and meet the LDS team? Here, you can view each staff member’s bio and contact the relevant staff member who can help guide you.

What is LDS?

The Learning Development Service (LDS) is a section of the university who have created a selection of learning resources for all students on Undergraduate and/or Post-Graduate courses. This includes resources such as:

  • Academic writing
  • Critical thinking
  • Preparation for online assessment
  • Presentation and communication skills
  • Referencing
  • Research skills
  • Study skills, and
  • Time management

Within each of these resources, you will find invaluable information to help you with your studies. To access the recourses, please go to the Learning Resources page.

What about mentoring?

We’re glad you asked. LDS do have a mentoring scheme available. This is the Peer Mentoring and Peer Assisted Learning (PAL) schemes. Students can receive mentoring by other students. If you would like to avail of this service, please get in contact with LDS.

And it might be that you’re a student in their second or third year of study. You might consider becoming a mentor to help guide first year students.

For more information on Peer Mentoring and Peer Assisted Learning, go to the UG Peer Mentoring & PAL page.

Year Planner
Credit: STIL
Credit: STIL

This is a service LDS provide to help students plan their academic year. It details the holidays and has a number of helpful web addresses, social media links and development weeks. To view this planner, go to the Year Planner page.


We know you may have questions about the services LDS provide. There is a Frequently Asked Questions page available which may already have your questions listed. This is broken down into sections:

  • About LDS
  • Booking an appointment
  • Your appointment, and
  • Further support A-Z

In the A-Z section, you can find out more information about the Careers Service, Disability Services, Graduate School, International Student Support and Subject Librarians. Do have a look, it’s all very helpful.

If you are a Post Graduate student, don’t worry. Although Learning Development Services supports Undergrad students at Queen’s, you can still contact LDS if you would like some help. Email:

Next week

Next week, we will look more Intranet options on Queen’s Online and Widening Participation.

Remember, the DigiKnow blog posts are released at noon on a Monday.

Please do join us then to learn more and don’t forget to follow us on Twitter: @MDBSelearn.


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