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Role of the Personal Tutor

The Personal Tutorial System has a vital role to play in enhancing students' academic and personal  development, and is essential in ensuring students make the most of their time at university.

The role of the Personal Tutor focuses primarily on providing academic and professional development support. For example, Personal Tutors help students to:

    • Make decisions in relation to their course.
    • Formulate plans to support their academic and personal/professional development.
    • Connect with other academics and opportunities in their field of study.
    • Connect with other support services as appropriate.

Personal Tutors also act as a key contact for their tutees within their School/Department.


In order to carry out their responsibilities a Personal Tutor will normally be expected to undertake the following:

  • Maintain regular contact with each tutee, meeting with them at least once a term (in addition to the meeting that must take place during Welcome Week) to reflect on their academic progress and support their personal/professional development.

  • Assist students with their academic and professional development by:
      1. Encouraging and assisting with reflection on progress to date (including reflection on academic grades and feedback).
      2. Talking to students about the possibility of undertaking a work placement or Study Abroad option as part of their programme.
      3. Raising awareness of University-wide/School/Department specific personal or professional development programmes available to students, such as the RED Award, STaR mentor partnership, THRIVE career mentoring, Life Tools programme, etc.
      4. Discussing students' intentions for employment, career development and/or further study.
  • Follow up with students who are not making satisfactory progress.

  • Liaise with other members of academic and professional staff as appropriate, including Student Support Co-ordinators.

  • Maintain awareness of other sources of support available to students within the University and the Students' Union.

  • Provide information regarding examinations.

  • Document tutorial support in terms of general information on attendance so that non-attendance can be reported to Senior Tutors (a simple way of doing this is to keep a copy of emails sent to tutees and a brief note of attendance). There is no requirement to document the content of each meeting.

  • Write references for students.

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