All students (including visiting and part-time) are assigned an Adviser who supports you in your academic, professional and personal development during your time at the UEA.
Advisers help you understand and get the most out of coursework feedback. They also help you reflect on your academic and professional development at each stage of your course so that by the time you successfully complete your degree, you not only have the skills, knowledge and experience to secure the next opportunity in your career, you are also equipped to articulate this to prospective employers or Universities if you wish to pursue further study.
Who is your Adviser?
Your Academic Adviser is a member of teaching staff in your School of Study. You are assigned an Adviser at the start of your first academic year, and usually keep the same Adviser for the duration of your course. You can find out who your Adviser is by looking at your e:Vision record.
In the first two weeks of your course, your Adviser arranges to meet you. Three additional meetings are scheduled within the year to provide the opportunity for you and your Adviser to reflect on your academic performance and future career preparation and goals. You can also ask for advice to address any difficulties you are having. Regular meetings help you and your Adviser your studies and can support you beyond, including writing references for future study or employment.
Most of the time, you have face to face meetings with your adviser. If you are away from the University for any reason - as a distance learning student, on a placement, or for a year abroad/ in industry - your Adviser proposes alternative methods of staying in contact (e.g. telephone, email, or Skype).
Meetings are recorded on e:Vision so that you and your Adviser can refer back to them.
Academic and Personal Guidance
Advice and guidance your Adviser provides you with:
Feedback – You can discuss feedback you have received on individual coursework items with your Adviser, as well as your academic performance in general. Your Adviser can help you identify areas of strength and difficulty, so you can agree on specific targets for improvement.
Module Choices – If you have optional modules to choose, we recommend that you discuss them with your Adviser, who can give you guidance on which modules are likely to further your course goals.
Further Choices – You can discuss career and further study options with your Adviser. They can act as an academic reference for you.
Reassessment Advice – If you have been referred to reassessment, your Adviser will offer you at least one meeting to help you prepare for this.
Guidance and Initial Support – Your Adviser is there if you need to speak to them about personal issues, and tracks when they are affecting your welfare and studies. In difficult times, your Adviser listens and supports you, and can point you to various other sources of help, such as Student Support Services and the Student Union Advice Centre.
You can refer to any discussion you have with your Adviser when requesting an extension or adjustment via LTS.
If the School has concerns about your attendance and engagement, you will be invited to a meeting with your Adviser to discuss this. This meeting is compulsory and provides a forum you and your Adviser to discuss any difficulties that might be affecting your ability to attend and engage with your studies.
The Adviser respects that information you share with them can be confidential. On some occasions, information you have discussed with your Adviser will need to be confidentially shared with others to ensure that you receive the best support – for example, your Adviser may refer you to Student Support Services for more specialised advice. You will always be informed if this is the case. Your records and documentation are held securely and access to them is controlled.
If you wish to change your Adviser, you should speak to your Learning and Teaching Hub, who will initiate the process with your School’s Senior Adviser. Your School will not insist that you give a reason for the request to change.
If you have any difficulties with the Advising System, contact the Senior Adviser. In cases where the Senior Adviser cannot resolve the issue, you can go to the Head of School, the Student Support Service or the Students’ Union Advice Centre.
You will be invited to comment on your experience of the Advising System annually through online surveys and the Staff-Student Liaison Committees.