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Support and student services

We have experienced staff, groups and advice centres that will support you throughout your studies.

Students with additional support needs

We welcome applications from people with additional support needs arising from long-term medical conditions, mental difficulty, specific learning difficulty, dyslexia or a disability. Contact the officer responsible for the subject area in which you interested or the University's Disability Support Office for guidance and information on the University's policy and provision.

Visits to the University can be arranged and an appointment made to speak with a disability adviser in order to discuss any support arrangements.

Pastoral care

All students are assigned a personal tutor who will be available throughout your studies to provide help and advice.

Lecturers, seminar supervisors, or course directors are available to discuss any concerns regarding individual course modules. Professional support staff are also available to assist and advise students about all matters related to the School.

Peer support

Peer mentoring schemes exist in many of the subject areas of the School and are run by second, third or fourth year students to help you make the most of your time at Manchester, both academically and socially.

Peer mentoring

We are a group of second and third year students and we can guide you through the rollercoaster that is your first year at university.

We are all Archaeology students, either single or joint honours, and so know exactly what issues you are likely to experience. Our backgrounds are from: Archaeology, Ancient History and Archaeology, Art History and Archaeology and Anthropology and Archaeology.

We can offer advice on a number of issues, including personal, general wellbeing and academic. Our support can range from course revision and essay help, to problems with halls of residence, or even where to find the best nights out. Since we are fellow students, we aim to be as approachable as possible. In addition to participating in Fresher's Week activities, we've allocated all First Years to a specific mentor who is personally responsible for their queries.

We'll be holding various events for First Years. These will include drop in revision sessions, talks on accommodation for second year, and discussion sessions on fieldwork opportunities and second year module choices. Look out for these throughout the year.

We've also got a Facebook group, through which you can contact the Peer Mentors privately or through public discussion, in addition to other First Years in Archaeology. Please feel free to contact us with any questions or problems at

You can contact us if you have any general questions about peer mentoring, or would like to become a peer mentor yourself next year. It's a very rewarding experience and great for the CV.

Peer Assisted Study Sessions (PASS)

In addition to their lectures, seminars and practical classes, first year students have the opportunity to attend Peer Assisted Study Sessions (PASS). PASS is based on the established methods of Supplemental Instruction, which have been used in leading British and American universities for some decades. Trained student leaders facilitate study sessions in pairs, providing quality assured, interactive small-group collaborative learning, with a particular focus on study skills.

PASS is confidential and takes place in timetabled sessions. It is based on course materials, and the students themselves set the session agenda.  PASS supplements the core curriculum, and provides opportunities for PASS leaders (generally second and third year students) to shared their experience, and to facilitate discussion rather than re-teach the subject. PASS benefits all students, regardless of academic performance. Students compare notes, clarify what they read and hear, analyse, criticise, question and seek clarification of ideas.

Personal Development Plans (PDP)

Personal Development Plans (PDP) help you to monitor and plan your academic and personal skills development. 

They are designed to prompt reflection and raise awareness of the skills you have developed through your studies and elsewhere by:

  • Helping you plan and manage your own learning and development
  • Raising your awareness of the transferable skills employers are looking for when hiring graduates
  • Prompting discussion with your personal tutor and improve communication between you.

More information about the PDP scheme is on the School intranet for current students. 

Other University support services

University support services also include:

  • The Student Services Centre, a single point of contact for most of the administrative tasks you need to carry out as a student.
  • The Central Academic Advisory Service is a service of information and advice open to all University of Manchester students, who can use the service at any time.  The advisers have extensive experience of dealing with student problems and offer confidential advice on any matters relating to students' academic work.
  • The Disability Support Office exists to help all students who have a disability of any kind. It will provide students with practical support and guidance, assist them to make use of technological aids and inform disciplines where special provisions need to be made for them.
  • Careers Services