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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 Support

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

They offer 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 therapeutic and mental health services.

See how Student Support can help you
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Your personal tutor

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 tell you how to find any other help you might need. They can also give you an academic reference for your placement and your first job after graduating.

You'll meet your personal tutor during your first two weeks at the University and a few more times in your first semester, then at least once a semester for the remainder of your studies.

Develop your academic skills

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

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

You can get personal advice through our one-to-one writing tutorials, and maths and statistics drop-in service in the Skills Zone on campus.

We recognise the importance of digital skills, so you'll have access to a range of resources to help you get the most out of your studies and support your future employment.

If English is not your first language, we also offer classes to help you increase your confidence, fluency, and accuracy.

Develop your academic skills
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Peer support

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

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.

Read more about peer support for new students
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Support during your placement

If you decide to do a placement as part of your course, our faculty placement teams will support you every step of the way.

The teams in each faculty are specialists in your area of study, with links to the businesses you want to work for. You won't need your own connections to find a placement, and they can help you work on your CV and interview skills before you meet employers.

They'll then 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, they'll give you help and advice to get you back into academic life.

Improve your employability with a placement
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Student Experience Team

You can get help and advice from your faculty or school's Student Experience Team.

The Student Experience Team is made up of 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.

Support for our diverse community

At Bath, you’ll be part of a community that looks out for each other, with support services for any issue you may face.

Support for LGBTQ+ students

If you’d like to talk to someone about your sexual orientation or gender identity, the Wellbeing service offers one-to-one support, counselling, and advice for LGBTQ+ students. Support can include advice on coming out, guidance on faith and sexuality, access to resources, and action against discrimination and harassment.

Faith-based support

Students who are looking for personal or spiritual advice can speak to our University Chaplains who are available on weekdays to help students of all faiths and none.

Care leavers, refugees, and young adult carers

If you’re estranged from your family or are a care leaver, refugee, or young adult carer, we’ll put you in contact with a member of our Student Retention and Success team during your application process. You can meet them regularly and they’ll help you get any support and advice you need, including extra financial support if possible.

Support for autistic students

If you have disclosed an Autism Spectrum Condition, social anxiety, or social phobia, we can pair you up with a Campus Buddy to help you settle into university. Campus Buddies are current students who have completed training to help you with the social and practical aspects of student life, like navigating campus and joining clubs.

Medical and dental services

You can register with the Medical Centre and Dental Centre on campus.

The Medical Centre provides NHS services, including doctor’s appointments and prescriptions.

The Dental Centre offers NHS and private treatment for students.

Richard Andrews
‘It’s very important to consider good pastoral support when researching universities. Support for every aspect of life at Bath is available and free to access, you only need to ask.’
Richard Andrews BSc (Hons) Computer Science