School of Cultures, Languages and Area Studies

Support for our students

We are a friendly community with approachable staff who will support you both personally and academically.

Personal tutors

Personal tutors act as a gateway to the University. They will support you on your:

  • general academic performance (rather than specific topics)
  • personal professional development, for example volunteering and study abroad opportunities
  • general emotional and welfare issues.

Your personal tutor may be able to help you directly or they may refer you to the appropriate support services within the University.

Personal tutors are experienced full-time members of staff and the welfare of their students is very importnat to them.

You will have regular meetings with your personal tutor to look at your progress but their door is always open if you need additional support and guidance.  

Feedback from our students

The department are incredibly supportive. They always make themselves available for meetings and are happy to talk through ideas and concerns.


The staff are fantastic, and because it is a smaller course, you feel like you know the staff well and that your part of the university much more than if you were in a bigger course.



The time that the teachers give back to you, their doors are always open.



Peer mentors

Peer mentors are specially trained students who will help you settle into your course and student life.

You will be paired with a second or third year History of Art student. Your mentor will support you with anything from how to make the most of tutorials to recommending local takeaways!

The peer mentoring scheme also helps students across all year groups get to know each other and contribute to making our department a supportive and friendly place to study.

Feedback from Peer Mentors, Cultures, Languages and Area Studies 

It is great to see the positive affect that you are having on people's lives, whilst also knowing that you are doing something to help other people. The transition from schoool to university is not always easy, so it is incredibly beneficial to have someone who can guide you and advise you along the way.


 My aim in participating in this scheme was to help first-year students in the same way that my peer mentor helped me.  I used my experience of being a mentee as a basis for my agenda and I feel I was successful in that. I built a great bond with my mentees and I am confident that I have improved their first-year experience.



Support across the University

The University has high quality, dedicated student support services. They cover issues such as:

  • physical disabilities
  • learning needs such as dyslexia
  • finances
  • health
  • documentation.

Find out more about student services

Find out more about student services.



School of Cultures, Languages and Area Studies

University Park
Nottingham, NG7 2RD

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