Student support and services

We strive to create a positive and supportive environment in which students can develop.

Whatever the issue - financial, personal, academic or administrative - the University's Student Services and the Students' Union have experienced and sympathetic people, groups and advice centres to help you.

Students with additional support needs

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We want to help you succeed - in your studies, work, and the rest of your University experience.

We welcome applications from people with additional support needs arising from long-term medical conditions, mental difficulty, specific learning difficulty, dyslexia or a disability.

Visits to the University can be arranged and an appointment made to speak with a disability adviser in order to discuss any support arrangements.

You can contact the officer responsible for the subject area in which you interested or, for guidance and information on the University's policy and provision, further information can be found on the Disability Advisory and Support Service (DASS) website.

Contact DASS

Disability Advisory and Support Service
Website: Tel: +44 (0)161 275 7512 / +44 (0)161 275 8518

Pastoral care

You will be assigned a personal tutor who will be available throughout your studies to provide help and advice.

Lecturers, seminar supervisors, or course directors are available to discuss any concerns regarding individual course units. Administrative support staff are also available to assist and advise students about all matters relating to the School.

Peer mentor scheme

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All schemes are 'discipline owned, student led'.

Peer Mentoring schemes exist in many of the subject areas of the School and are run by second, third or fourth year students to help you make the most of your time at Manchester, both academically and socially.

Mentors are available to:

  • help you adapt to university life and get involved in the School and in your subject areas of study and all their activities;
  • offer academic and pastoral support, help and direction;
  • provide you with a supportive environment to work through issues relating to your studies;
  • organise informal social activities.

Personal Development Plans (PDP)

Personal Development Plans (PDP) help you to monitor and plan your academic and personal skills development.

They are designed to prompt reflection and raise awareness of the skills you have developed through your studies and elsewhere by:

  • helping you plan and manage your own learning and development;
  • raising your awareness of the transferable skills employers are looking for when hiring graduates;
  • prompting discussion with your personal tutor and improve communication between you.

More information about the PDP scheme is available on the SALC intranet for current students.