We recognise the importance of supporting you through your studies, to help you get the most out of time as a student at the University of Aberdeen. As such, if you are an on-campus undergraduate full or part-time student, you will be assigned a Personal Tutor when you register, (students in Medicine and Dentistry will have a Regent).  

New students will be assigned to a tutor who matches their degree, and in some schools, their discipline.  For the first year, students who are identified as having a tutor who does not match their degree/school, will be reassigned automatically, thereafter, students can change their PT on request by emailing

Your Personal Tutor will provide general pastoral support and will also meet with you during your studies to encourage you to reflect on your progress. They will advise as to where to get support with regard to curricular choice.

Your Personal Tutor will welcome you to the University community and you will meet with them at key points in the year, either one-to-one or as part of a group, to discuss your experiences as a student.

These meetings will focus on topics such as employability, the Graduate Attribute scheme, and provide an opportunity for you to discuss, for example, the feedback you have received in your studies. Your Personal Tutor will be a facilitator; providing a point of contact should you wish to speak to someone; signposting personal support services and academic skills support across the University, as necessary.

If, as a Gaelic-speaking student, you wish to have a Gaelic-speaking personal tutor, that request should be sent to for consideration.  Priority will be given firstly to students in Gaelic Studies or Gaelic Initial Teacher Training programmes.

Student Help Guide

Your Personal Tutor can:

  • help you to settle into University
  • answer your queries or direct you to the most appropriate source of advice
  • help you to address any concerns or problems that might affect your studies
  • point you in the direction of the appropriate University support service if you are needing advice
  • meet with you on a regular basis during your studies (either individually or on a group basis) and will also if required meet with you on request
  • respond to your queries within 3 working days in term-time and 1 week outwith term-time (unless another timescale or alternative route to deal with queries has been advised)
  • provide opportunities for you to reflect on how your learning can help you to pursue your future development
  • provide a reference for a future employer or for postgraduate study
  • provide help to you in reviewing your feedback log and identifying general areas for development
  • help you to make the most of the opportunities available at the University to enable you to support your personal development and employability
  • help you to manage your evaluation and achievement of the Graduate Attributes

How it will work

Each School has developed a Personal Tutoring Statement identifying how the system will operate in that area.

Please select your School from the list below