Whether you’re an undergraduate or postgraduate student, your personal academic tutor is here to help you to develop, grow and succeed in your studies and research.

Every student is allocated a key named member of academic staff, from their programme of study, called a personal academic tutor (PAT).

Your PAT provides you with academic support, so together you can identify any skills you need to develop. This can include:

  • Help with reflecting on your expectations of university life and future goals.
  • Support with your transition into university and the different levels of study.
  • Discussions about any study skills you need to focus on and resources to help you.
  • Support with reviewing feedback on assignments and improving your grades.
  • Help with your personal development and identifying skills you may need for future employability.
  • Signposting you to appropriate support services.

PATs will provide regular scheduled appointments to meet with you, either individually or in groups, face-to-face or online, at least three times per year. To find out who your personal academic tutor is, please contact your programme team. 

The Student Engagement Dashboard

The Student Engagement Dashboard will be used, by your personal academic tutor or programme support team in conversation with you, to give an indication of how your learning is progressing and where you may need further support.

In preparation for these conversations you should consider and reflect on your own engagement and identify your strengths and any support you may require to succeed.

The dashboard pulls together a range of existing data about your engagement in your studies, as well as how this compares to average engagement. Pulling together this information in this way will help us to understand how we can best support you to develop and reach your goals.

For further information on the dashboard and how your data is being used we have developed this student guide . The dashboard is not part of any formal assessment. If any of the personal data used in the dashboard is inaccurate, you will be given the chance to correct these inaccuracies.