Department of Philosophy

Support for our students

Our department is a friendly community where staff and students get to know each other well. To help you reach your full potential, you will be supported both academically and personally throughout your university career by friendly and approachable tutors, peers and specialist student support services.

In addition to University of Nottingham Student Support Services, you will have access to a personal tutor and a peer mentor from the Department of Philosophy.

Robin Dollery, Head of Student Services, talks us through what Student Services is and how to access the service.



Personal tutors

All students in the School of Humanities are allocated a personal tutor whose role is to act as a gateway to University provision.

You will be introduced during your first week and have regular meetings throughout your University career. It is important that you make it a priority to attend these meetings as your Personal Tutor will advise and support you throughout your studies.

Your Personal Tutor will be an experienced, full-time member of the philosophy department and your first point of contact for any issues. Personal tutors are drawn from academic staff who are teaching, so your tutor may be someone who also teaches on your modules.

All Single Honours students are allocated a personal tutor. Joint Honours students will have at least one personal tutor (in their lead department) and often have a second personal tutor (they may be called by other terms, such as a Joint Liaison Tutor/Joint Honours Tutor etc) in their other discipline.

Personal Tutor
You will be introduced to your Personal Tutor in week one; do not hesitate to discuss any academic issues with them.

What is the role of my Personal Tutor?

Your Personal Tutor’s role, which distinguishes them from your lecturers and administration staff, is to help you regarding:

So, if you are struggling with your degree for any reason - health, circumstances, accidents etc - they should be your first point of contact. There are issues that your Personal Tutor will be able to assist with directly, and others where they will act as a guide to other support services within the University.

When and why will I see my Personal Tutor?

You will meet at set times throughout the academic year. In addition, all tutors have regular office hours you may use for additional meetings. You will see your Personal Tutor to:

  • review progress on your course
  • discuss module choices for forthcoming years
  • receive feedback on performance
  • raise concerns and seek advice
  • talk about career opportunities and extra-curricular activities
  • identify areas for further training

Peer mentoring

The Peer Mentoring Scheme helps our new students settle into the department and to get to know their peers in the years above.

Making the transition to university can be a challenge, but help is at hand in the form of an innovative peer mentoring scheme that pairs first year students with specially trained second and third years.

Student mentoring is a key initiative in enhancing and enriching the Nottingham student experience. Mentors share their skills and knowledge on everything from how to make the most of tutorials to recommending local takeaways. It helps new arrivals settle into university life and feel at home, while enabling senior students to gain valuable social and professional skills. It also means that students across all year groups contribute to making our department a supportive and friendly place to study.

Peer mentoring
Student mentors and mentees in the Humanities Building atrium.

Academic Support

Academic Support provides a personal and practical approach to academic study, and opportunities for our students to develop their learning strategies. It also provides specialist academic support for students with dyslexia, dyspraxia and other Specific Learning Difficulties.

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Department of Philosophy

University of Nottingham
University Park
Nottingham, NG7 2RD

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