Personal tutor scheme
DMU provides all of its undergraduate students with a personal tutor who can be contacted regarding any general academic matter or personal concerns relating to life at DMU. The initial role of the tutor, along with the Student Advice Centre, is to help students make a smooth transition to university life.
New students have the opportunity to meet with their personal tutor during the first three weeks of study, either individually or within a group, and begin to develop a positive relationship with them.
Each personal tutor will:
- Provide reliable and consistent advice and guidance
- Provide regular opportunities for feedback on general academic progress and action-planning for students in relation to their academic progress
- Meet with first year students within three weeks of the start of their studies and monitor their attendance so the faculty can encourage participation
- Be proactive in arranging meetings with students
- Support personal development planning by promoting reflective learning and ensuring students can review their own progress against action plans
- Make systematic use of information about students’ overall progress, including utilising attendance records and academic performance profiles
- Explain the options available regarding progression, as appropriate, including general advice on module choice
- Know when it is appropriate to refer the student to another individual or service for specialist support or guidance
- Advise students on the importance of career planning
- Operate the faculty system and keep records in accordance with published faculty protocols
- Advise the programme leader of any programme-related issues highlighted in tutorials, having regard for confidentiality in relation to individual tutees