Personal Tutor Policy
Your personal tutor will usually be an academic member of staff who teaches you on your course.
Your Course Leader will make sure that you are given the name and contact details of your personal tutor at the beginning of each year, usually in your course induction. Normally, your tutor will aim to follow you right through the duration of your course. There is more information on this in your handbook.
Your personal tutor has an important role to play in supporting you in academic and personal matters while you are studying at our University. Meetings will include discussion about career aspirations, your course, your progress, and your academic results. You may want to set objectives for academic and life goals which you can store on your e-portfolio. Personal tutors are not trained counsellors and will signpost you to other University services if they can’t help you. These services may, for example, be the Students’ Union, the Counselling Service or the Student Hub.
In the first year your tutor will contact you to set up the meetings at a mutually convenient time, but later in your course it will become more your responsibility to set up the meeting. If you ask information to be kept confidential it will be, and a note may be kept securely in your University notes with an indication of who can access the information.
You are entitled to have one meeting per semester with your personal tutor in each year of your course. But your personal tutor may ask you to come more frequently and you should feel free to contact them if you need to see them urgently.