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School of Economics and Finance

Student Support

Students are supported by a dedicated team of academic staff who advise them on the best approaches to learning to enable them to achieve their potential.

All School of Economics and Finance students are assigned an Academic Adviser who will usually remain with them for the duration of their studies. Academic Advisers will advertise office hours whereby students are welcome to drop in with any academic or pastoral related question. They will advise on module selection, extenuating circumstances submissions and any programme changes. Additionally, we have a Senior Tutor and Student Support Officer who are always available as a point of contact and will actively reach out to students where there are any concerns that they may be experiencing difficulties (e.g. low attendance or assessment issues).

The School has an intensive welcome week where students are able to meet members of staff at the scheduled welcome talks and at 'meet the adviser' sessions. The aim of these sessions is to help year one students’ transition into higher education and provide returning students with further support for their continuing studies.

Student Support Schemes

The transition into higher education is usually one of the most challenging steps for any new student. To help students cope with these various challenges the School of Economics and Finance organises two schemes aimed at supporting students during their first year at Queen Mary University of London (QMUL): the Peer Assisted Study Support (PASS) scheme and the Study Buddy scheme.

Peer Assisted Study Support (PASS)

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PASS is a mentoring scheme that provides first-year students with the opportunity to explore any issues relating to university and their studies with higher-year student mentors in a friendly, informal environment. The scheme is run by students for the benefit of students. Every week the PASS mentors run drop-in sessions ready to meet with year one students and discuss any relevant issue concerning their studies and their experience at University. PASS is a great way to benefit from the experience of students in higher years that have been in your position and are giving up their own time to make sure that you too can do well while at QMUL.

Queen Mary Buddy Scheme

Starting university is an incredibly exciting time, but it can also come with many challenges. The Queen Mary Buddy Scheme matches trained Queen Mary students (mentors) with incoming first year students (mentees) from the School of Economics and Finance in a group. We believe a sense of community should be at the heart of any university experience and the Buddy Scheme is at the centre of this from the beginning of your student journey. The Buddy Scheme is a voluntary scheme that will help new students settle into university life, socialise, meet new people and have some fun!

How does it work?

After you sign up, you will be matched with one of our buddy mentors from the School of Economics and Finance. You will meet your mentor for your first face-to-face meeting during Welcome Week. After that, your buddy will contact you once a week to see how you're getting on and will organise an activity, event or drop-in session for you and your group fortnightly. You will be able to get some tried and tested tips and tricks from current students and get access to support when you need it.

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