Academic Support

In Lancaster Environment Centre, we ensure that our students receive the support that they need in order to achieve their full academic potential. We are a friendly department, and foster a highly supportive learning environment.

Student Mentors

New students are given a personal Student Mentor to assist them during the first few weeks. This was introduced as a result of a Staff-Student Committee, and its purpose is to provide incoming first-year students with a current LEC student to guide them through the initial few weeks of university.

These students are on hand to answer any questions that first years may consider ‘silly’, or may not want to approach staff members with. The Mentors also direct first-year students to those who can deal with more specific enquiries, and give them information regarding University facilities. This service is provided up to Week 5 of Michaelmas term, by which time it is anticipated that first-year students are familiar with University services and staff.

“I am interested in being a mentor next year, I was very grateful for mine and I would like to give something back to the system.”

Graduate Teaching Assistants

Depending on their programme of study, most of our students will have one or two tutorials with a Graduate Teaching Assistant. The majority of our Graduate Teaching Assistants have studied at Lancaster, so they are able to advise, support and direct the students to the most appropriate people and services if necessary. LEC tutorials are designed to support student learning, building on lecture material and developing other skills. These include library skills, field skills, group working and oral presentations.

Academic Tutor

Each student is assigned their own personal Academic Tutor for the duration of their studies, who they meet with once per term in order to discuss their progress.

Director of Studies

Each course has its own Director of Studies who will address any concerns that students may have in regards to the course.

Teaching Coordinators

We have our own Teaching Coordinators, Julia Bland, Sue Fleet and Ellie Appleton, who can be contacted with any problems or concerns.

Student Learning Advisor

In addition, the Faculty of Science and Technology’s Student Learning Advisor, Dr Robert Blake, offers free consultations to help you improve your scientific writing and help your coursework to achieve its full potential. Find out more.