The University has a number of systems which provide pastoral support and guidance for students throughout your studies.

Pastoral support is provided by a member of staff in your School, who will help you reflect on your progress and take advantage of the opportunities available to you during your studies. They can also direct you to specialist support when it’s needed. 

For a quick guide to support services available to you, download our Support Services Guide

If you have any queries, email Professor Abbe Brown, Dean for Student Support.

Undergraduate

Your personal tutor is a member of academic staff who can guide you with any problem that is affecting your experience at University. Whether it’s a personal matter or related to your course, your personal tutor is available to offer advice about any concerns you’re having and will refer you to our wider support services when necessary.  

Your Personal Tutor can also provide general support in achieving the UoA graduate attributes, enhancing your employability and taking advantage of co-curricular opportunities.  

Personal tutors are still available to students studying remotely, with meetings taking place online.

Postgraduate Taught

Pastoral support and guidance is provided for taught postgraduate students through your School.

Your PGT pastoral support lead is a member of staff who can guide you with any problem that is affecting your experience at University. Whether it’s a personal matter or related to your course, talk to your pastoral support lead for advice and they’ll refer you to our wider support services if necessary. 

Pastoral Support is still available to students studying remotely, with meetings taking place online.

Find out who to contact in your school below, or email Professor Abbe Brown, Dean for Student Support.

 

Biological Sciences
  • Your Programme Coordinator
Business School
Divinity, History and Philosophy
  • Your Programme Coordinator
Education
Engineering
  • Your Programme Coordinator or Deputy Programme Coordinator
Geosciences
Law
  • School Administrator - Postgraduate Development and Support (Joanna Kunzlik)
LLVMC
  • Your Programme Coordinator
Medicine, Medical Sciences and Nutrition
  • Your Programme Coordinator
Natural and Computing Sciences
  • Your Programme Coordinator
Psychology
Social Sciences
  • Your Programme Coordinator
Postgraduate Research

The Postgraduate Research School supports your PhD journey to ensure that your experience with us enables you to develop the knowledge, skills and attributes you need to navigate your PhD and prepare for your future career, ready to tackle the global challenges of our world today and tomorrow.

Our team are on hand to provide advice and guidance across all aspects of your PhD journey. Your School will also provide support, through your supervisor and others, so please do ask.

Regents

In the healthcare programmes offered by the School of Medicine, Medical Sciences and Nutrition the academic support functions of Personal Tutors are taken by the Year Lead teams. The School operates an additional longstanding pastoral support system known as the Regent Scheme.

Each healthcare student is assigned to a senior member of University or NHS staff who will meet with them regularly and be available to provide support and guidance on any personal problems that the student may have during their course. The Regent can also act as a mentor to support the student’s professional development.

Qatar

Students on the University of Aberdeen Doha campus can avail themselves of the same level of academic and personal support that is afforded to the Aberdeen campus students.

 

Students in Qatar should know that, whether they wish to discuss academic or non-academic issues, they can do so in confidence and in the knowledge that their issue will be pursued to a satisfactory conclusion.

On-Demand Online Study

Our first class support structure will ensure that our students aren’t alone in their studies. Students will have contact with their tutors via MyAberdeen and email, and can use social media and discussion boards to chat with fellow students too.

Wherever they are in the world, you'll be part of our very special Aberdeen learning community.