Academic support

Higher Education can be a big leap from ‘A’ levels. As well as attending lectures, seminars and tutorials, you will also need to be self-motivated during your own private study time. But don’t worry, as long as you’re committed there is plenty of support on offer to help you on the path to success.

Personal tutors

You will be allocated a member of academic staff who will be your personal tutor for the whole time you're at University. After your first meeting at the start of term you should aim to see your tutor regularly for advice, support or just to talk through any concerns you have.

Academic skills sessions

These cover topics such as time management, structuring essays, referencing, revision and exam techniques, note-taking, and presentation skills.


Timetables, lecture notes, former exam papers are just some of the resources on our student Gateway. You can access the University system in the IT suites, via personal laptops at University or anywhere in the world with your username and password. You can also access the library website, including e-journals and an online library catalogue.

Overseas students

As an international student, you are involved in a fantastic and often life changing experience. However, moving away from home and to a completely new country can mean some big adjustments. We understand that students may need extra support, either academically and/or personally.

International student support officer

The International Academic Support Officer is able to offer high level academic support from your first year all the way through to PHD and is located on campus and is available during the week. You can read more about the International Academic Support Officer here.

Contact the International Student Support Officer by emailing [email protected] or phoning 01285 889909.

Living in the UK

For advice and help with opening bank accounts, visas, council tax, accommodation and registering with the police, you should contact [email protected].

Personal and practical support 

The Wellbeing service can support you with all aspects of university life from academic, to personal and practical. So if you have questions and are not sure where to turn drop into the Student Support Hub. 

International Society

Students from all backgrounds join the International Society; an inclusive society for all students. It's a great way to meet new people and really get involved and enjoy your life at the University. The society runs social activities and celebrates events from the international calendar.