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5 Questions with... the Dean of Students

Professor Rebecca Freeman is our Dean of Students. She works with Senior Tutors in the faculties of Arts, Science Engineering & Medicine and Social Sciences to develop personal tutoring and education experience at Warwick.

What is the Dean of Students Office?

An image of Rebecca Freeman, Dean of StudentsWe're all about personal tutoring and your education experience. We train and support personal and senior tutors, and we're also home of the Active Bystander programme which is designed to equip you with the knowledge, skills and confidence to challenge unacceptable behaviour. All new students have an Introduction to Active Bystander session this year. In term 2 we'll be running an Active Bystander Intervention course, and you can register your interest now.

What kinds of support can personal tutors offer?

Personal tutors are there to make sure that you have a key academic in your department who can get to know you, understand your interests and ambitions and offer academic support. You’ll meet with your tutor at least once a term, which provides an opportunity for you to reflect on how you are getting on, ask questions and talk through any challenges you have along the way. Personal tutors are also able to connect you to different opportunities while at university and support if you experience any personal challenges during your time here.

How can students get the most out of meetings with their personal tutor?

The best way to make the most of Personal Tutor meetings is to talk to them, tell them about yourself and your interests and ask them questions too. Personal Tutors all have different backgrounds, strengths and connections so make the most of their experience so that they can best support you during your time here. Make sure you turn up to meetings and keep your tutor updated with how you are getting on.

What would your top piece of advice be for students in the first few weeks of term?

You’ll get to meet your personal tutor in the first few weeks. See if you can find out a bit about your tutor on the University website and don’t be afraid to ask questions about their role, interests and what they do. You may be able to meet up with others who share the same tutor from other year groups too which can be a great way to get find out more about your course and department.

What’s the best thing about personal tutoring?

It gives you the opportunity to get to know a member of academic staff well and for them to get to know you. You’ll meet lots of lecturers, other staff and students while you are here but this is your space to reflect, make plans, seek support if needed and understand all of the opportunities available.

Five cheeky bonus questions

Dab-hand or disaster in the kitchen?

If we're talking about baking, my scones have Paul Hollywood approval, so dab-hand! The trick is to get them light so they rise well.

What’s currently on your reading list?

Great Circle by Maggie Shipstead, a story about the life of a 1930’s female aviator and the modern-day Hollywood actress who plays her.

Where’s your favourite spot on campus?

I used to be able to see Tocil woods from my office window. A great place for a walk, particularly in the Spring when the bluebells are out.

How do you spend your spare time?

Eating, baking, doing jigsaws with my kids, listening to podcasts, walking.

What’s in your travel mug, coffee or tea?