Welcome New Students
Your Academic Advisors
At the beginning of your course you will be assigned an Academic Advisor whose role is to offer you help and advice throughout your stay at the University. This relationship is an important one since, in addition to academic counselling, the Academic Advisor is one person to turn to if you wish to talk about a variety of other issues, for example illness, family problems and career possibilities.
Personalities differ and you may find that you simply do not get on with your allotted advisor. In such circumstances, you can request a change of Academic Advisor through PIP.
The name and room number of your Academic Advisor is shown on your PIP page, which you will be able to see after you've enrolled. You should make a note of their contact details as you will be meeting them on Thursday of Week 0 (Sept. 18th). In some cases, alternative meeting arrangements will be made so check your email. If you enrol late, make this visit as soon as possible in Week 1. (Note that Postgraduate Taught and Initial Teacher Training students will be advised separately of when to meet their Academic Advisor).
Apart from getting to know one another, the other important function of this first meeting is to check your first-year programme. It will contain modules compulsory for your subject(s) and other non-compulsory modules. Many students wish to make minor changes at this stage and your Academic Advisor (or Student Support Coordinator) will help you to do this before the end of Week 0, either during Office Hours or the PIP Helpdesks as shown on your subject's Induction Timetable.
Work on the relationship with your Academic Advisor - he/she is a valuable source of help and guidance throughout your stay at the University.