Supporting you during your studies

You can get advice, support and guidance on an academic and personal level throughout your studies at Bath.

When you start university, you might feel like you need some support to get through any challenges that you face. We have support systems and networks in place to help you through your time here.

Student Services

You can contact the Student Services team for support and guidance about things like mental health issues, disability support and money management.


Our Student Services Centre offers a range of information and support to help you get the most out of your time here.

They can give you specialist guidance on your money and finances, additional support for disabilities and learning difficulties, wellbeing advice and support on accessing counselling and mental health services.

Personal tutors

If you study an undergraduate or taught postgraduate course, we'll assign you a personal tutor to support you in your studies.


Your personal tutor will guide you in your academic progress and support your personal and professional development throughout your time here.

They can help you adjust to studying at university and point you in the right direction to get any other help you might need. They can also give you an academic reference for your first job after graduating.

You'll meet your personal tutor during your first few weeks at the University, then a few times throughout each semester.


Peer support

Whether you're studying for an undergraduate, taught postgraduate or doctoral degree, your fellow students can help you settle into university life.


A student working with her peer mentor

If you're an undergraduate student, your peer mentor will contact you before you start your studies. All our undergraduate peer mentors are current students who've completed their first year of studies, so they have the experience to help you with any concerns you have.

If you're studying for a master's degree or doing doctoral research, you can meet other students and find peer support through your department or the Postgraduate Association.

Student Experience Officers

You can get help and advice on your academic and broader student life from your faculty's Student Experience Officers (SEOs).


SEOs are non-academic members of staff who work with your faculty's Directors of Study, Programme Officers and other professional support staff to make sure that your needs are considered properly.

You'll meet your SEOs during your first few weeks at the University.


Support during your placement

Our placements teams will help you throughout your placement, from contacting employers to your return to university.


A student on a placement, wearing a high-vis jacket and talking to her employer.

If you decide to do a placement as part of your course, the placements teams will support you in finding a placement.

They'll also be a point of contact and support you throughout your time away, along with your personal tutor and your dissertation supervisor.

Finally, when you come back to university, you'll get help and advice to get back into academic life.

Improve your academic skills

We can help you improve the skills you need to reach your full potential, such as academic writing, critical reading and giving presentations.


Studying at university is different to studying at secondary school, whether you're doing A levels, International Baccalaureate, or any other qualification. At university you'll be expected to study independently.

Our Skills Zone offers support for students on all aspects of writing in the form of a free, confidential drop-in and tutorial service with a team of individual academic writing experts.

If English is not your first language, we have a range of classes to help you develop your fluency and accuracy.