Personal and Academic SupportAs part of this commitment, we recognise that most students require some level of personal and academic support beyond formal methods of teaching. All our undergraduate students are allocated a Personal Tutor who will be able to advise them on personal and academic matters throughout their studies. We also have an Undergraduate Programmes Manager, Student Support Officer and a Skills & Development Manager to provide specialist support to our students. Whilst we always encourage our students to discuss any difficulties they are facing with their lecturers and academic Personal Tutors, we believe that our specialist staff offer more appropriate and professional levels of student support than most university departments.
Undergraduate Programmes Manager - Sallie Kirk
As Undergraduate Programmes Manager I am responsible for managing all areas of activity associated with the Undergraduate programmes within the Business School. Along with my dedicated team of administrative staff, I ensure that we advise our students about relevant processes and procedures during their time with us and that these are carried out, as appropriate. My objective is to help students choose a study pathway that meets their needs, whilst also adhering to University and School policy. I operate an open door policy and students are welcome to call when passing to discuss problems or queries. Typical issues raised include degree and progression regulations, module registration, course transfers, coursework submission and examination related queries.
Skills & Development Manager - Jackie Andrews
As the Skills & Development Manager my main aim is to ensure that our students settle into the Business School as quickly and easily as possible and to understand what is expected of them during their course. Reading for a business degree in a university is likely to be very different to studying in your current school or college. In particular, you will need to be proactive in learning to manage your time and to work independently, which is often more difficult than you might expect. Most modules in the Business School are assessed by end-of-term examinations, or via coursework that is submitted at the end of each semester. It is therefore up to you to manage your own workload so that you can complete all of your work on time and to a high standard.
When studying business subjects at university you will need to learn how to work critically with a wide range of literature sources. These will include academic journals, textbooks and online sources. While lectures will provide you with a template to each topic area, you will always need to read and research further if you want to achieve the highest grades and to get the most out of the university experience. To support your transition into working independently at university and to develop your key skills I run the Professional Development in Leadership and Management Programme Programme. The programme is taken by all first year students.
Each week this will focus on a different skill including writing skills for business and academia, referencing and how to avoid plagiarism, using media for business, professional conduct, leadership and management skills. In addition to these formal sessions, you are more than welcome to book individual consultations with me when the need arises throughout your time at university.
In your first semester, the School runs an Essay competition and a Group Project competition to help you understand the standards you need to achieve to obtain a good degree. The essay competition provides you with an opportunity to obtain feedback on your work before it counts toward any grades. The winners are also awarded with some very generous prizes!
I try to ensure that any student who has an issue with their studies - or who just wants a chat and some reassurance - has someone approachable they can call on. I am available to see small groups or individuals on an appointment basis, or if the door is open students can just drop in when passing and always be assured of a warm welcome.
Student Support Officer - Teresa Bee
As the Business School's Student Support Officer, I offer an opportunity for students to talk in confidence about problems that concern them. Typical issues that students raise with me include family concerns, bereavement, worries about drugs and alcohol, eating difficulties, depression, relationship problems and difficulties adjusting to a new way of life.
As one of the School's Disability Liaison Officers I also offer advice and guidance to students with a disability or a long-term medical condition. My aim is to be welcoming and approachable. I hope that students will always feel that there is someone who is available to offer confidential help and advice, no matter what the problem.