- Undergraduate Students
All undergraduate students are assigned a Personal Tutor when they join the University. For the majority of students they are known as a Personal Tutor, but in the School of Medicine and Dentistry they are known as Regents.
A Personal Tutor is able to help with personal issues and to help support you throughout your studies at University, signposting support available. Your Personal Tutor does not advise on academic matters, but with be able to direct you to the help you need. You can find more information here: www.abdn.ac.uk/infohub/support/personal-tutors
The role of the Personal Tutor is:
- To provide opportunities for students to reflect on how their learning within and outwith the formal curriculum can help them in pursuing their longer-term future development.
- To help foster in all students a sense of belonging to a community of learners.
Who is my Personal Tutor/Regent?
- New students will be sent details of their Personal Tutor/Regent and an appointment to meet with them in Induction Week. Once E-Registration has been completed, the Personal Tutor details will appear in the Student Hub.
- Continuing students can visit their Student Hub to find out who their Personal Tutor/Regent is. Where possible your Personal Tutor will remain the same throughout your studies
Contact details can be found in the Staff Directory. Alternatively, please visit the School Office.
When should I contact my Personal Tutor/Regent?
You can contact your Personal Tutor/Regent at any time to discuss any issues you might be experiencing. They may refer you to Student Support or suggest you speak to a Registry Officer for more information and advice.
I can't find my Personal Tutor/Regent
If the matter is urgent or an emergency, please visit the School Office in the first instance. They may be able to make an appointment for you or refer you to another Personal Tutor/Regent. Alternatively, you can visit the Infohub on the ground floor of the Students' Union Building.
Where else can I get help and advice?
- You can find the Duty Registry Officer in the Infohub between 1000 and 1600 Monday – Friday.
- For advice and support on finance, disabilities, and counselling amongst other services, please visit Student Advice & Support Office on the second floor of the Students' Union Building.
- For advice on course related matters, please contact your degree programme co-ordinator, or the course co-ordinator in your school.
- For advice and support on study skills visit the Centre for Learning and Teaching.
- You can also get advice on your future from the Careers Service.
- Postgraduate Taught Students
The Programme Coordinator is your academic advisor, overseeing your programme. Contact them in the first place with any academic questions or issues. Even if they can’t provide you with immediate advice, they will point you in the right direction.
You will meet with your Programme Coordinator during advising and induction. They will give you information on how to contact them and let you know about their set office hours. If you want to speak to your Programme Coordinator, but you can’t reach them, contact your School Office to make an appointment.
Responsibilities of a Programme Coordinator include:
- Providing information on lecture and tutorial arrangements, course work requirements and assessment methods, information on avoiding plagiarism;
- Ensuring that the programme and the relevant courses are delivered appropriately and effectively;
- Assisting you in your learning progression and addressing any academic issues that arise;
In addition to the Programme Coordinator, you will also have a Dissertation Supervisor, who will provide guidance and advice during your dissertation, project or work placement. The Programme Coordinator usually allocates students to supervisors shortly before the project is due to start.
More information on your Programme Coordinator and Supervisor can be found in Section 11 of the Taught Postgraduate Code of Practice.
- Postgraduate Research Students
Postgraduate research students work with a supervisory team who provide guidance on their research during their programme. A supervisory team consists of at least two supervisors working in co-supervision, with one supervisor acting as the lead. At least one supervisor must be a professor, reader or lecturer of the University.
Research students receive details of their supervisors in their offer of admission to University. Supervisors usually contact their students before the start of their programme in email to set up an initial meeting at the beginning of the programme.
If you are unsure who your supervisors are, please contact your School Office
Supervisory practice depends on what discipline you are studying. The Code of Practice for Research Students sets out the general policy matters such as the level of contact between supervisors and students, issues to be discussed during the first meeting, and the responsibilities of supervisors and assistant supervisors.