Natural Sciences

Supporting students

University Support

Day-to-day support is provided through Student Service Centres located across our campuses.  Students are able to access a full range of administrative support such as changing personal details, registering for modules, amending course registration, requesting documents and letters and asking questions aout teaching and exam timetable as well as gaining access to a range of specialist services including academic, disability and financial support.   

Welfare Officers are a part of the Student Service Centres but are based out in schools and are on hand to provide support for students during times of crisis or longer term if you have more complicated needs than can be dealt with by your Personal Tutor.  

Healthcare Services - Healthcare is provided by a full service GP practice and neighbouring Dentist.  The service is located on campus so is really easy for students to get to and there is a dispensing pharmacy on site so you can pick up any presecriptions.

Counselling Service - A free service which is available to staff and students at the University which offers them the chance to meet with a trained councellor to discuss and problems or anxieties they may have.

Chaplains - Are available to offer support and guidance to student from any faith or none.  They have stong links with the local community and can provide you with information about local places of worship.

Students in a group workshop

Student being seen by a GP at Cripps Health Centre 





Student having a meeting with her Personal Tutor

Natural Sciences Support

Personal Tutors are concerned with a student's academic and personal development throughout their degree and every student is assigned one. Students meet with their personal tutor a few times a year to discuss their results and progress and can arrange additional meetings if they want. As well as academic issues personal tutors can provide support with personal problems or crises a student may have. 

Subject Tutors are available for each subject and can provide advice and guidance on subject-specific matters, like module choice or support if a student is struggling with a specific subject. Subject Tutors are there for whenever students need assistance so there is no formal contact time and students can arrange meetings when they need help.


Peer Mentors - Peer Mentors are students in their second, third and fourth year who are assigned to groups of first year students to provide advice and guidance and help to ease their transition into university-life.  They organise activities including a pre-arrival Q&A, a welcome session during week one and regular meetings through the first six months of the academic year to introduce new students to the main university processes, explain how the degree programme works, help students adjust to living away from home, provide support for adapting to university study and answer any questions. All of our Peer Mentors know what it is like to be a new Natural Sciences student and are able to provide a student perspective on support. 

The Student Experience Manager is responsible for organising a range of activities to enhance the experience of students during their course. They work closely with the Natural Sciences Society and the Peer Mentors to organise events to get students from different years to interact as well as to ease students through regular processes like week one, module choice and  exam results as well as arranging alumni and careers events. The Student Experience Manager also runs the Learning Community Forum which meets once a semester and has student representatives from the different years of study and pathways.  The forum is there to make sure that the students have a voice and are able to feedback what they think is good about the course as well as any problems they are having.  Key members of staff attend the meetings to listen to what the students have to say and ensure that any issues are dealt with. 

Students chatting in Physics Building

 Student speaking with a member of support staff




Students working in the library at Jubilee Campus

Support for your Studies


Nottingham has 8 libraries located within the UK with 3 based at University Park. The libraries house a wide variety of books, journals and other publications for students to use but also provide access to a wealth of electronic information via NUsearch. Each library has space for silent, independent work, areas for group study, including bookable rooms, and somewhere to get refreshments. 


IT Facilities

There are computer rooms conveniently located around the University's campuses including one in each library. Workstations are connected to the University’s data network and each computer room has at least multipurpose print/scan/copy device as well as many more located throughout the libraries and academic buildings. Wireless access is available throughout campus including computer rooms and public areas of academic buildings.  Some computer rooms are open 24/7 providing students with continuous access to IT facilities. 

Student in Hallward Library


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Natural Sciences

School of Chemistry, University of Nottingham
University Park

Tel: +44 (0) 115 823 2376
Fax: +44 (0) 115 951 3555