The personal tutoring system operates to support undergraduate and postgraduate students studying at City.
As a City student, you will be allocated a named personal tutor. This is a member of the academic staff who will guide you through your programme and support your personal and professional development, to enable you to achieve your potential and prepare you for life after University.
Our personal tutors ensure they are accessible to you, as outlined in programme handbooks and provide support reflecting your individual needs and aspirations. They work in collaboration with specialist services available to support you through each step of your student journey.
A personal tutor is usually allocated to each of you for the duration of your programme and will work within the guidance of the personal tutoring policy. Students on different programmes might find differences in the way the personal tutoring system operates and specific information relevant to the programme can be found in the programme handbook.
The aim of the personal tutoring system is to:
- Ensure that you have a named person you can go to for support
- You have someone who will support your progression and identify any problems
- You have someone who provides general advice and can point you in the direction of other resources in place to support you.
Role of the tutor
The role of the personal tutor is to:
- Provide general support and assist you with your academic development
- Provide support for your personal development planning (PDP), in addition to other activities that are available in your programme and School
- Provide professional advice about your studies including where these are directed to a particular profession
- Act as a first port of call for pastoral, professional or academic concerns or advice and then direct you to other forms of support offered at City
- Be available to meet with you through group and individual tutorials
- Ask you to contact them and explain any attendance issues particularly those where there is a professional body requirement.
Your role in the process is to:
- Attend all individual and group meetings, (or send apologies) where appropriate and contribute fully
- Maintain contact with your personal tutor so they are aware of your progress through the programme of study. (This might be face-to-face, online, by phone or email as agreed). The level of contact will be agreed at the first group meeting
- Discuss with your personal tutor any difficulties you have with your studies so they can advise you about finding appropriate support
- Provide your personal tutor with any information required when you are asking for help or a reference (e.g. coursework marks, attendance record)
- Ensure your personal tutor is aware of your current contact details
- Always respond to a request for a discussion about absence.
Download and read the full personal tutoring guide.