Our dedicated School student support team act as the first point of contact for all elements of student support, including pastoral care.
Student Support Organisational Structure - who to contact?
Student Support Coordinators are the first point of contact for pastoral care and support for students within the School.
Your Student Support Coordinator can offer advice on:
- Resources and support for extenuating personal circumstances
- Accessing and submitting requests via the extensions and special circumstances system
- Disability support, including adjustments for specific learning differences and long-term health conditions
- Assessment and progression regulations, including degree classification
- Course changes, interruptions of study, and degree transfers
- Requests for official documents and non-academic based reference letters
Programme Administrators are the first point of contact for all programme matters.
Your Course Administrator (UG)/ Programme Administrator (PG) can assist you with:
- Induction week activities
- Programme and course handbooks
- Programme meetings
- Timetable queries
- Course enrolments
- Fieldwork on relevant courses
Every student has a Personal Tutor, a member of the teaching staff who provides academic guidance and support.
You will meet your Personal Tutor regularly throughout your studies. They will help you choose your courses and discuss your progress with you, providing advice on how to make the most of your time at university. Personal Tutors can also advise you on where to find other forms of support if you need them.
Personal Tutors work with you to help you:
- review your academic progress
- reflect on how your learning can help you pursue your future development
- engage with a community of learners
- address any concerns or problems that might affect your studies
Peer Learning and Support
Peer Learning and Support Schemes (PALS) are run by students for students.
PALS student leaders provide student attendees with not only a great place to meet new people, but also plan and run academic study sessions to support their peers on topics such as:
- course content
- assessments such as essays and exams
- study skills and autonomous learning
- and much more
PALS student leaders facilitate discussions and run structured activities and build a supportive academic community across years groups.
You can find out more about PALS groups within the School of GeoSciences below:
Community Building and Societies
Community Building for Ecological and Environmental Science students, as well as other university students with similar interests such as sustainability, the environment, and conservation.
One of the university’s oldest and largest societies – from academic talk and careers events to socials and charity nights, there’s something for everyone!
GeosSoc hosts a variety of events throughout the year for Earth Science students including scavenger hunts, pub crawls, games nights and academic events.
Additional support is available from outside the School of GeoSciences from many university services.
Institute for Academic Development (IAD)
The IAD website contains resources with advice about studying techniques and good academic practice. The IAD also run workshops on topics like time management and preparing for exams, and offer one-to-one consultations.
The Advice Place is run by the student association, EUSA, and offers an independent and impartial source of information and advice. They can help with everything from academic matters to finance and accommodation.
If you have a disability (e.g. recognised learning difference, health condition, or chronic illness) the University's student disability service can arrange support for you.
If you are offered a place to study here and you have declared a disability, you should contact the Service as early as possible so they can make arrangements for the start of your studies
The Student Counselling Service
Our free, confidential service provides professional short-term help for students.
The Residence Life team provides support to those staying in University accommodation.
A safe and welcoming service for people of all faiths and none, offering a broad range of well-being resources.
The Health Centre
The University Health Centre is an independent NHS partnership. To use this service you must register with the practice and live within the practice area.
The centre offers:
- comprehensive medical care
- contraceptive advice
- antenatal services
- child welfare services
- nursing services