All taught MA students will be assigned a personal tutor at the start of the academic year.
Your personal tutor supports you in academic matters and provides pastoral care. They can advise you on, for instance, essay writing technique, learning facilities and career opportunities; or write you letters of reference for landlords or prospective employers. If you encounter personal, financial or academic difficulties, you should see your tutor as soon as possible. Problems that fester become more difficult by the day. Your tutor will be able to refer you to the appropriate UCL facilities or services if he or she is unable to resolve a problem. Should you wish to speak to someone other than your personal tutor, see in the first instance the MA convenor.
You should see your personal tutor at least five times during the academic year. At least three of these meetings must be one-to-one meetings. Part-time students should see their tutors at least times three during their first year and at least twice in the following year. At their initial meeting, held at the beginning of Term, Personal Tutors and Tutees should discuss, among other matters that may arise, course options, study plans for the coming year and personal tutoring arrangements. It is your responsibility to attend these scheduled meetings. Personal tutors will record your absence but are not required to make arrangements for alternative times for scheduled meetings. Personal tutors are happy to see tutees in office hours or by appointment throughout the year.
You should bring a Personal Tutoring Meeting form, downloadable here, completed with your names and details, to each meeting with your tutor.
Personal Tutors should consult the UCL online Personal Tutors' Handbook.