New students

Support within your school or institute

Your school or institute provides opportunities, activities, and schemes to help you get the most out of your learning experience at QMUL.

Personal tutor / academic adviser

At the start of your studies you will be allocated a personal tutor (sometimes called an academic adviser). Your tutor will provide guidance and support during your studies, and will be familiar with the kinds of difficulties that students experience at university. If your personal tutor cannot answer your questions, they will know who can.

Learning development

During your time at QMUL you can access a range of activities and resources to help you become more effective in your academic work. Learning Development can help with aspects of study including reading effectively, writing, exam technique, revision, note-taking, time-management, critical thinking, avoiding plagiarism, presentation skills and group work. Throughout the year they run one-to-one tutorials, drop-ins, retreats and various workshops. They also host the Royal Literary Fund (RLF) Writing Fellows. Find out more on the Learning Development website.

Peer Assisted Study Support (PASS) for undergraduate students


PASS is a course-based mentoring scheme, run for students by students.

It gives first-years (and sometimes second-years) the opportunity to discuss study-related problems in a friendly, informal setting and get general advice from higher-year undergraduates in their subject.

Students' Union Buddy Scheme

The Students' Union's Buddy Scheme gives new students a chance to meet other new students from their course, as well as get tips and advice about university life from current students.

Language development

The Language Centre provides a range of services and programmes to support you in developing your language skills. In-sessional modules are available that could help you maximise your performance at university and improve the quality of academic assignments. A Modern Foreign Language service offers you the opportunity to study a language other than English as part of your main degree course. You can also access the Academic English Online resource which helps QMUL students develop and broaden their skills in academic English.


All schools and institutes will be providing support to help students enhance their skills and improve their employability. Many of these opportunities will be integrated into the curriculum but there will also be extra-curricular talks and activities to help you develop these skills taking place throughout the year. There are specialist careers advisors who work with schools and institutes and who will organise specific activities that are relevant to your subject area.