Within the School of Law it is easy for students to seek advice from staff on an informal basis, as every member of staff has office hours during which they are available to students. In addition, all students have a personal tutor, who monitors academic progress and is the first point of contact if there are problems - academic or personal. We give extensive feedback when written work is returned and also in the form of internal reports between members of staff which are designed to ensure that any problems are picked up and acted upon quickly.
The Graduate Student Advisers (GSAs) are a team of friendly and experienced postgraduate students who are on hand to listen to your concerns and are able to provide all students in the Law Department with advice on issues relating to your university experience.
The GSAs provide advice on a number of study-related topics, including:
They also run drop-in sessions four days a week and everything discussed with a GSA is confidential. Workshops are well attended throughout the year and cover a number of study-related topics, including essay writing, revision and exam techniques.
I strongly advise students to use the GSA service as much as possible. I’ve been in there a few times and they were most helpful.
Emily Millgate, LLB
When you arrive in September you will be assigned an academic adviser, who is there to support you throughout your studies. They have weekly office hours and are on hand to give academic advice, discuss your work, and help you interpret essay and exam feedback. Unlike school or sixth form college, you are expected to work independently at university, and some students find this transition a little daunting at first. Your academic adviser will be available to give you guidance and advice, so be sure to make the most of their knowledge and expertise.
The most interesting part of my course is learning from lecturers that are highly experienced in their field of Law – in particular Contract Law and Criminal Law. Their anecdotes of their work life made the learning experience much more interesting and memorable.
Amudha Vaidyanathan, Senior Status LLB
The Advice and Counselling Service offers a free and confidential service to all Queen Mary students on a range of issues including personal problems, money or international student issues.