The University operates a well established system of personal tutoring for students on taught courses, as set out in the Personal Tutor Guidelines. There are also well established principles for supervising research students as set out in the Guidelines on the Supervision and Monitoring of Research Degree Students . Most departments also appoint a Director of Undergraduate Studies, and a Director of Graduate Studies.
A student’s personal tutor or supervisor is generally held to be the main point of contact for overseeing their academic progress. In some departments, or in some years of study, another identified individual, such as the Director of Undergraduate or Graduate Studies, may be more appropriate to carry out this role of main point of contact. Whoever it is, it must be clear to students and staff who the main point of contact is.