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).
The aim of the Personal Tutor system is to provide you with a member of academic staff who will be available to you for support and guidance throughout your studies. They will encourage you to reflect on your progress and to take advantage of the opportunities available to you during your studies to enable you to best prepare for future employment or further study.
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 email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org for consideration. Priority will be given firstly to students in Gaelic Studies or Gaelic Initial Teacher Training programmes.
- What You Need to Do
In order to gain the maximum benefit from your contact with your Personal Tutor, it is your responsibility to:
- Participate actively in scheduled meetings with your Personal Tutor and in group meetings. Participation in such meetings will be monitored and non-engagement is likely to mean that you will not know your Personal Tutor well enough at the end of your studies for them to be able to provide you with a meaningful reference.
- Ensure your details are up-to-date on your Student Hub.
- Keep a record of activities and reflections on your progress, performance, and the longer-term aspirations associated with these activities (e.g. through use of the ACHIEVE website and Feedback logs).
- Inform your Personal Tutor of any circumstances which may be affecting your academic performance and so that effective support can be offered.
- Ask your Personal Tutor, if you wish, to act as one of your referees for internships, job applications or further study.
While we expect Personal Tutors and Tutees to put effort into building a constructive relationship, if you feel this relationship is not working, you should contact the Senior Personal Tutor in your School to discuss what might be done to resolve the situation. In cases where it is clear that there is a strong reason for changing a Personal Tutor, this can also be facilitated.
- What Your Personal Tutor Can Do
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 three working days in term-time and one 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 in Your School
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:
- Business School
- School Biological Sciences
- School of Divinity, History & Philosophy
- School of Education
- School of Engineering
- School of Geosciences
- School of Language, Literature, Music & Visual Culture
- School of Law
- School of Medicine, Medical Sciences & Nutrition
- School of Natural & Computing Sciences
- School of Psychology
- School of Social Sciences
- Senior Personal Tutors
Senior Personal Tutors
For all queries regarding your Personal Tutor, please either email email@example.com or contact the Senior Personal Tutor for your School as detailed below:
- Biological Sciences: Dr Martin Barker
- Business School: Dr Tim Stone
- Divinity, History and Philosophy: Dr Gerry Hough
- Education: Mr George Drew
- Engineering: Dr John Cavanagh
- Geosciences: Dr Dmitri Mauquoy Acting SPT in absence of Dr Charlotta Hillerdal
- Language, Literature, Music & Visual Culture: Mrs Anna Bokedal
- Law: Dr Zeray Yihdego
- Medical Sciences: Dr Alison Jack
- Natural and Computing Sciences: Dr Geoff Dunn
- Psychology: Dr Dannette Marie
- Social Science: Dr Martin Mills