"Our ethos is to offer flexible and comprehensive support systems that recognise all our students as individuals".
Academic Review Tutor
Every student is assigned a Academic Review Tutor for the duration of their studies, and part of the role of the Personal Tutor is to assist students with personal development planning (PDP).
Exactly how this is structured will depend on the student’s needs. However, as a minimum, students will be encouraged to reflect on their personal development through the course and consider how their development aligns to their personal career and lifelong learning aspirations. All students will be provided with a system for recording their PDP, which may take the form of a specially designed file or binder or, in some cases, an e-portfolio.
Student Information and Advice
We are committed to providing accurate and timely information and advice to students. Wherever possible, this advice is provided at the campus hosting the student’s course: Student Help Zones (SHZ), careers, counselling, disability, learning and information services, co-ordinating senior tutors, and study skills staff.
The focus of this new service is that it is developmental and proactive in supporting the needs of all students. Although some staff may not have a permanent presence in the SHZ, students may make appointments or drop in during advertised sessions. A range of study skills sessions are provided by tutors in the SHZ, including numeracy, literacy, referencing and writing in a foreign language. Learning and Information Services staff provide sessions on using information and computing technology, searching for
literature and dissertation support. Students with dyslexia and other learning needs receive support from the Disability Adviser and the study skills tutors. Each campus has a SHZ modelled on the same set of principles, so students following joint honours programmes across two campuses should easily be able to take advantage of provision on both campuses.
Support for Disabled Students (including those with dyslexia)
Support is available for disabled students (including students with specific learning difficulties such as dyslexia, medical conditions and mental health difficulties) through Student Services. Services can remain confidential should you wish, and they can advise on different support available for your studies including:
- liaison with academic staff regarding support in class
- arrangements for alternative assessments (including arrangements for exams)
- assistance with applications for financial support
- provision of support workers (note takers, study skills tuition etc)
- liaison with learning centres regarding IT and other support