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Personal tutors

Each student is allocated a personal tutor, who will be your official first point of contact for advice and support for any issues which may affect your studies.

You can find the contact details for your personal tutor on your Student Record. If you do not have a personal tutor or do not know who your personal tutor is you should contact your departmental professional services team at

You can also find you personal tutor using the below documents (please have your student number handy):

Senior tutor

You can arrange to see the relevant Senior Tutor for the Department about any concerns about the performance of your personal tutor. Please also read the personal tutor guidelines page in the Faculty Handbook which outlines your responsibilities, the responsibilities of your tutor and the procedure if you encounter problems with your tutor.

Research students

MPhilStud, MPhil/PhD and PhD students are allocated two supervisors, who should be the first point of contact for any issues. Your primary supervisor adopts the role and responsibility of your personal tutor. 

You are also welcome to contact the Postgraduate Research coordinator and senior tutor if you need any additional support. 

Office hours

All tutors have designated office hours for appointments. 

However, if you have an urgent issue you should contact them straight away: the best means of contact is usually email.

If you have specific access requirements, then please contact your personal tutor, who will be able to suggest an accessible meeting room.


Tutors are often called upon to write references or to speak on your behalf, so it is in your interest to maintain regular contact and keep them informed of your various activities and achievements.

Requests for references should normally be addressed in the first instance to your personal tutor, however you may also wish to ask the staff member most familiar with your academic work (in which case you should notify your personal tutor).

Please see the References & Transcripts page of the Handbook for more details.

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