Most of our academic staff and many other members of the School are engaged in teaching, but as an undergraduate student there are a few you will see and hear much more of.
All staff are often away from their desks, therefore whenever possible, you should contact the person you wish to speak with via email ahead of time and arrange an appointment.
Head of School¶
The Head of School is responsible to the University for all of the School’s activities, both teaching and research.
Director of Undergraduate Studies (DUGS)¶
The DUGS is responsible for all the undergraduate programmes in the School.
The Senior Tutor is responsible for the welfare and academic progress of every undergraduate student in the School.
The Academic Tutor is responsible for ensuring that our Students’ academic experience is optimal and continually improving.
The School Disability Officer is your first point of contact if you have a physical or learning disability that requires additional support such as special exam arrangements.
The Exam’s Officer oversees all exams across the School. The Exam Board consists of every academic member of staff and the external examiners.
Year Coordinators are responsible for the planning and implementation of each year’s curriculum and activities.
A member of staff who will act as your Personal Tutor. You will meet them regularly during the session — in groups and/or individually — to discuss both academic progress and personal topics.
You will find the name and email address of your Personal Tutor during our first week.
First year of study¶
You and your group will be meeting your Personal Tutor four times during the Autumn and Spring Terms, and three times during the Summer Term.
Other years of study¶
If you are in the second, third or fourth year, you will be meeting your Personal Tutor three times during each of the three Terms. These meetings will be timetabled, and you will receive information about days, times and locations in the Welcome Week.
If you are in need of an individual meeting with your Personal Tutor, you can contact hem via email and arrange for a day, time and location. Please do not hesitate to do this, as the information that your Personal Tutor can supply about your general progress throughout your time here, and any special difficulties you might have experienced can be of invaluable advantage to you when decisions affecting your future have to be made. They may also write you reference letters.
If, for whatever reason, you are unable to contact or establish a good rapport with your Personal Tutor, please talk to The Senior Tutor who may be able to help resolve this.
For general queries, the Teaching Office (Third Floor, Dyson Building) is the place to start. You will hear a lot from the Teaching Office — mostly by email — during the course of your studies.
Read the Teaching Office emails! They contain important information that you need to know about your classes and assessments.
There will usually be someone in Third Floor, Dyson Building on Monday – Friday 0930-1700 during term time. However, sometimes they are away from their desks. When you can, email in advance.
The Senior Tutor¶
The Senior Tutor is responsible for the welfare and academic progress of every undergraduate student in the School, and works with the Student Representatives to ensure your course is running as smoothly as possible. They can offer personal advice and help to any student on both academic and non-academic matters.
The Senior Tutor is also on call during vacations but if for any reason they are unavailable, or you are unsure about who to talk to on a particular issue, please ask any staff member in the UG Office and they will decide who is best able to help you.
One responsibility of the Senior Tutor’s team is to maintain records for each student so that, for example:
- You can be notified of your examination results
- You can provide evidence of problems such as ill health, for it to be presented to the Board of Examiners.
Your student file is strictly confidential to the Senior Tutor and his team; no-one else is allowed to consult it.
Faculty Senior Tutor¶
In the event of an issue arising within your department there are a number of avenues for you to seek support. This will include, depending on your department, your Undergraduate Senior Tutor(s) and your personal tutor, and in some departments, other designated staff such as year tutors or degree coordinators.
There are a number of avenues within the College to seek help with academic and pastoral matters:
In the event that you would like to seek additional support or guidance, or that you wish to air your issues in confidence, the Faculty Senior Tutor, Dr Lorraine Craig, can be contacted by email (firstname.lastname@example.org) in the first instance.
Depending on the nature of your query, it may be passed onto other more relevant staff.