Role of a Personal Tutor
The role of a Personal Tutor is to advise their tutees and to guide them through the years of their degree programme. As a Personal Tutor, you are unequivocally on the side of your tutees and your aim should be to give them the best advice and guidance that you can in order to help them to succeed in their studies and to graduate with the best degree result that they can achieve.
Broadly speaking, the role of a Personal Tutor has two major aspects:
- providing academic advice to your personal tutees, and
- providing pastoral care to your personal tutees.
To carry out the administrative role of Personal Tutor effectively, a Personal Tutor needs:
- a working knowledge of selected university policies, processes and procedures, and
- a working knowledge of selected degree programmes and courses.
By this we mean that detailed knowledge of all of the university’s many policies, processes and procedures is not required, only a working knowledge of the ones which apply to student guidance, principally the Undergraduate Degree Programme Regulations (or the Postgraduate Degree Programme Regulations, if your personal tutees are postgraduates). There is no need to commit these regulations to memory, just try to get into the habit of looking them up whenever you need them.
Similarly, an encyclopaedic knowledge of all of the university’s many degree programmes and courses is not required. Knowledge of Informatics degrees and Informatics courses is the priority, supplemented with knowledge about the mathematics courses that our students are required to take, and some knowledge (as needed) of the science and engineering courses which our students on combined honours degrees are required to take.
Information about courses and degrees is found in the university’s Degree Regulations and Programmes of Study. There you find both the degree programme regulations and the degree programme tables. The degree programme regulations define the terms and conditions of satisfactory study at the university. The degree programme tables define the year-by-year requirements for study on a particular degree programme, specifying compulsory courses which must be passed, and the number of credits of particular kinds of courses that a student must take in each year.