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Personal Tutor System

Each student in the Department is allocated a Personal Tutor at the beginning of the academic year. Your Personal Tutor is recorded on your online student record.

You are free to discuss your studies with your personal tutor and seek advice on any aspect of College life. Personal tutors are in place to provide a link between you and the College, to monitor your progress, and provide support and encouragement in matters relating to your studies. They will meet with you regularly and can be consulted during their office hours or by email.

Students should see their personal tutor at the start of the academic year (within the first 3 weeks of teaching), and during "meet your personal tutor weeks" outline below. You are of course welcome to see your personal tutor at any other time during the year, either in the tutor's office hours or by appointment.

The "Meet your Personal Tutor Weeks" for the year 2018/19 are:

First year undergraduates:

5th - 9th November 2018

4th - 8th February 2019

11th - 15th March 2019


All students (undergraduate and postgraduate taught):

4th - 8th February 2019


You will be reminded about these opportunities closer to the time. Please make use of these times to discuss any aspect of your studies at King's. Also please note that your personal tutor may have to schedule these meetings outside these weeks if they have other important commitments - look out for any emails.

Further information on the College's personal tutor system, the role of the personal tutor and students' responsibilities are available on the Student Services pages.

You should be aware that there are College regulations which state that if a member of College staff knows of any activity which contravenes College regulations (e.g. drug abuse), they may need to report it to the Academic Registrar. If you wish to discuss matters of a sensitive nature, you may find it more appropriate to visit a College counsellor, who will maintain confidentiality as far as possible.


Changing Personal Tutor

If you would like to change personal tutor for any reason please contact your programme administrator who will be able to facilitate this for you.


Academic References

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 him or her informed of your various activities and achievements.  It may seem obvious, but a personal tutor cannot provide a quality reference if they have never met the student.  Please attend regular meetings with your personal tutor in order to get the most out of the system - not least a strong reference. 

Please give at least 2 weeks' notice, where possible, when requesting a reference.  If your personal tutor is not available the Senior Tutor should be able to provide a reference in their stead.

Same-gender Personal Tutor

Please let your Programme Administrator know if a same-gender tutor is preferred.

The role of the Senior Tutor

The Senior Tutor co-ordinates the work of Personal Tutors and you might wish to approach the Senior Tutor when your Personal Tutor is unavailable.

In exceptional circumstances you are permitted to change tutor by making a request to the Senior Tutor.

Current role holders

The role of Programme Directors

Programme Directors are primarily responsible for the content and structure of the degree programmes in the Department. You should contact your Programme Director for queries regarding the general content and structure of your programme. They will able to able to provide advice about module selection.

Current role holders

College support services

The College and the Student Union provide extensive student support services, ranging from counselling, disability support and finance advice to help with visas for international students. The first point of contact for support and guidance for students is the Student Services Centre.  Details of all services are available from the College tier of MyHandbook.

Student Charter

The Terms and Conditions for Students summarises the way in which King's will work in partnership with our student community to develop independent, skilled and employable graduates with an awareness of their place in and contribution to, the local, national and international community.




03 January 2019
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