School of Mathematics

What support will I have?

There are various avenues of support available in the School to help you succeed in your studies.

Personal Tutor

Every student has a Personal Tutor, a member of the teaching staff who provides academic guidance and support.

You will meet your Personal Tutor regularly throughout your studies. They will help you choose your courses and discuss your progress with you, providing advice on how to make the most of your time at university. Personal Tutors can also advise you on where to find other forms of support if you need them.

Student Learning Advisor talking to a student

If you are studying a joint honours programme, your Personal Tutor will be an academic from your host School (e.g. Mathematics for BSc (Hons) Mathematics and Physics, Economics for MA (Hons) Economics and Mathematics).

Student Support Team

The Student Support Team consists of two Student Support Officers and a Student Learning Advisor. They are another source of help and advice, located within the James Clerk Maxwell Building. Their role involves offering support to help you adjust to learning mathematics at university, but also with general pastoral support. You can meet with them for study advice, or for help and support if things are not going as well as they should. 


MathPALs session
Year 1 students in a MathPALs session

As a first-year student, you can take part in a weekly MathPALs session led by two higher-year students who have been trained in Peer Assisted Learning to help first-year students to study.

These informal sessions give you a chance to ask questions and meet other students on your course. The students facilitating the session will also share their experiences of studying maths and university life in general.

Additional Support

Additional support is available from outside the School of Mathematics from many university services, including the:

  • Institute for Academic Development: The IAD website contains resources with advice about studying techniques and good academic practice. The IAD also run workshops on topics like time management and preparing for exams, and offer one-to-one consultations.
  • Advice Place: The Advice Place is run by the student association, EUSA, and offers an independent and impartial source of information and advice. They can help with everything from academic matters through to finance and accommodation.
  • Disability Service: If you have a disability, e.g. dyslexia, the University's Student Disability Service can arrange support for you.

    If you are offered a place to study here and you have declared a disability, you should contact the Service as early as possible so they can make arrangements for the start of your studies