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Personal Academic Tutors

Your Personal Academic Tutor (PAT) is there to support you throughout your studies with everything from growing your academic skills to guiding you on your journey into employability.

What is a Personal Academic Tutor?

Personal Academic Tutors (PATs) are there to help you reach your full potential, whether that's in the classroom or the workplace.

Your PAT will be able to give you advice and feedback on your university work, talk with you about your career goals, give you support and help you find other specialist services.

With the help of your Personal Academic Tutor, you'll progress through your academic career with thought and purpose.

What do PATs do?

All of our PATs are highly qualified professionals with academic backgrounds and experience in their specific areas of support.

They work together with your lecturers and programme managers to help you overcome the challenges you could face during your studies.

You'll have personalised, one-to-one and small group sessions with them where they can tailor their advice and guidance to your academic and employment needs.

Why should I contact my PAT?

You can speak with your PAT if you feel you're not getting on with your studies as well as you could be.

That might be because you're worried about your academic achievements, exams, coursework, results or anything else to do with your time at the University of Sunderland in London.

It's important to get in touch with your PAT as soon as you notice a problem coming up. The earlier they get involved in the process the more guidance and support you can receive.

Your PAT can also help you feel more connected to your department and be the first point of contact for questions about the course.

It's also a good idea to have a one-to-one with your PAT when you're thinking about your career goals.

They can help you work out an employability plan to boost your chances in the job market.


How often should I meet with my PAT?

You'll first meet your PAT at the Induction Week. After that, there are regularly scheduled meetings held once or twice a year to check up on your academic and professional progress.

But you don't have to be limited to just those times. You can get in touch with them at any point during your studies for some guidance.

Remember, it's a good idea to come to your tutorials prepared - it's your chance to get the most out of your meetings so you can reach your goals during your time at the University.

Whatever you need to discuss, your Personal Academic Tutors are here for you.

Drop-in for a chat. Let's talk.


Dr Chandeera Gunawardena, AFHEA



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Gabriela Preutesei



Johnny Leung



Lydia Matute Castro



Mihaela Dariescu, SFHEA



Roberta Faraone



Dr Quyen Hung Van



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