School of GeoSciences

Student support

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

Personal Tutors

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

Personal Tutors 

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 BEES

Community Building for Ecological and Environmental Science students, as well as other university students with similar interests such as sustainability, the environment, and conservation.

Community BEES

Geographical Society

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!

Geographical Society

Geoscience Society

GeosSoc hosts a variety of events throughout the year for Earth Science students including scavenger hunts, pub crawls, games nights and academic events.

Geoscience Society ​​