Meeting frequency

If you're an undergraduate student, both you and your personal tutor are encouraged to meet four times in your first year, and then 2 times in your subsequent years.

If you're a postgraduate taught student then it is recommended that you meet your personal tutor twice a year.

Arranging meetings & if you can't attend

Your personal tutor will contact you to arrange your first meeting. If you don't meet them you can contact your Senior Tutor. During your first meeting you should discuss when and how future meetings will be arranged. Remember that you can also contact your personal tutor outside set meetings should a question or issue arise. Keeping in touch with your personal tutor will help you get to know each other better, which will be particularly useful if you ask them to write a reference for you.

If you can't attend a meeting, contact your personal tutor to arrange a more suitable time, or let them know if you are running late. Regular communication helps to prevent staff developing concerns about student safety.

Meeting topics

When you meet with your personal tutor, conversation should focus around your academic progress and goals, any difficulties that you might be experiencing and how they are affecting your studies, and what opportunities you are pursuing alongside your studies. You might also talk about your results and your feedback across your course.

Your personal tutor can support you should changes in your personal circumstances arise by offering you the chance to discuss how these might impact your studies and directing you towards further specialist support at the university.

There are documents available to help you prepare for your personal tutoring meetings on the Student guide to personal tutoring webpage.