Supporting You

Supporting students to adapt to university life and continue to thrive throughout their degree programmes is important to us at Birmingham. You will have a personal tutor as well as subject-specific tutors, and access to dedicated Wellbeing Officers and the Student Experience Team for advice on a range of issues. 

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Chemistry student working in the lab

Personal tutors

As soon as you join us, one of the academics in the school is assigned as your personal academic tutor. They will meet with you regularly over the course of your degree to help you chart your academic progress and develop your transferrable skills.

Subject tutors and further support

Each student has three academic tutors (from Organic, Inorganic and Physical Chemistry) and participates in weekly small group classes supporting the core lecture courses. These problem-solving sessions allow students to test and reinforce their understanding of topics as they move through the course, aided by expert tutors in a relaxed and informal environment.

In addition to these tutorials, lecture courses include workshops to further support your learning, whilst questions are welcomed during lectures, tutorials, via each course’s online discussion boards or in the weekly office hours offered by course lecturers.

Studying Chemistry at the University of Birmingham has been brilliant. Everyone in the department is always happy to offer support or a helping hand. James, MSci Chemistry.

Student support

The University's student support provides services through mentoring, health and wellbeing, disabilities, faith, families, international students and many other aspects of student life. Our Academic Skills Centre also provides workshops on a range of topics, such as note-taking, reading, academic writing and presentation skills. For friendly student support, the Guild of Students offers advice, mentoring and the Global Buddy system for international students too.

Wellbeing Officers

The School's Wellbeing Officers offer regular drop-in sessions to chat confidentially about any wellbeing issues including homesickness, extensions, disabilities, reasonable adjustments, problems or personal difficulties that you may encounter during your studies and act to signpost to other wellbeing and support services.

Find out how our Wellbeing Officers support students