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Personal Tutor System and Wider Departmental Support

Personal Tutor

Each student is allocated a Personal Tutor. Usually, this is a member of the academic staff who will meet with you at key points during the academic year. Your Personal Tutor is the first point of contact to talk through matters when they arise - whether they are positive or more challenging; pastoral or academic. Every member of academic staff has their contact details and office hours available hereLink opens in a new window.

Personal Tutors are in this role to be an accessible and approachable departmental point of contact, providing responsive academic and routine wellbeing support and guidance to facilitate your learning development and experience. They are also the most obvious person to provide a reference for you for any internships, graduate programmes, or job applications, so it is worthwhile investing time into developing your relationship with your Personal Tutor to support them in writing these references, when the time comes.

Personal Tutors can discuss a variety of things such as: general academic performance, feedback you have received, ideas you might have about study and or employability skills you need to develop, questions you have about the rules and regulations of the department and university, as well as queries about other sources of development and support across the University.

Personal tutoring at Warwick:

- Is a two-way conversation, between you and your tutor, committed to your academic development;

- Provides access to an ongoing face-to-face professional relationship whilst you study;

- Means you are known by name, and as an individual, by a member of academic staff in your home department;

- Enables you to draw on your tutor’s expertise about available development and support opportunities;

- Creates the opportunity for you to become part of the learning community within your department and the wider University.

Your Personal Tutor is not an expert in health and wellbeing issues - which are best discussed with your GP/healthcare provider. The University Support ServicesLink opens in a new window (Disability Services, Mental Health, Counselling and Wellbeing) are available on campus, if you need professional support with any issues. Your Personal Tutor’s role here is to signpost you to these specialist services and to discuss with you how to manage any impact issues are having on your academic studies and any adjustments that might be recommended. Once you have met with the specialist services, it is a good idea for you to update your Personal Tutor so they are aware of the support you are receiving.

Personal Tutors are not experts in all subject areas within your department or degree course. You should contact module staff for questions about specific module content. Your Personal Tutor may be able to help you identify the most suitable person for you to contact with a specialist academic query, if it is outside of their expertise.

Personal tutors will arrange an initial meeting with their tutees in week 1. This will be arranged around their availability and your timetable. It could be on Monday 2nd October (any time between 9 am to 6 pm) or later in the week. You can find room locations and contact details for your Personal Tutor on the Psychology Department's People pages. Details of your Personal Tutor will appear on TabulaLink opens in a new window in due course.

Occasionally a student is reassigned an alternative member of staff as their Personal Tutor. This may be due to staff illness or staff taking up research leave or leaving Warwick. In such circumstances you will receive an e-mail from the Department confirming that your Personal Tutor has changed.

You can ask to change your Personal Tutor but this is an exceptional rather than routine occurrence. If you wish to discuss this possibility, or any difficulties you are having with your Personal Tutor, contact the departmental Senior Tutor in the first instance.

Senior Tutor

If you have any problems with personal tutoring or need more information, each department has one or more Senior Tutors. Senior Tutors are experienced Personal Tutors within each department, so any difficulties or questions you have can be raised with them in the first instance. Senior Tutors are experienced members of academic staff and they manage complex issues that Personal Tutors refer to them. They are usually involved with the response to, and management of, mitigating circumstances and reasonable adjustments. They and your DSEP are also involved in absence monitoring as poor attendance is often an early indication of difficulties. Contact your Senior Tutor if you have issues affecting your studying that your Personal Tutor has not responded to or which you do not wish to discuss with your Personal Tutor.

Senior Tutors are also supported by Faculty Senior Tutors who work within the Dean of Students Office. You can find out more about the Dean of Students Office on this website. Further details of Warwick Student Support and Development Opportunities can also be found on MyWarwick. Your Senior Tutor is Dr Hester Duffy (Email: and Deputy Senior Tutor is Dr Luke Hodson (Email:

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