Students chatting at WRE 2018 by Nathan Pitt

Support & Welfare

Postgraduate degrees, whether Masters or PhD level, are demanding intellectually and sometimes emotionally. Here are some ways you can expect help and support when needed.

Students chatting at WRE 2018 by Nathan Pitt

Academic Support

Although your Department or Faculty oversees your teaching and supervision, your College Tutor is always available to you to answer questions and to offer assistance. Our supportive and friendly team of Tutors and the Tutorial Office staff can help with your non-academic needs, and guide you with negotiating all aspects of College and University Administration.

We provide a Tutor to monitor each student’s progress, provide guidance and support, and to act as an advocate when necessary. Wolfson has a team of thirteen personal tutors, including two tutors with sole responsibility for part-time students.

An induction programme shortly after arrival helps students to understand how the College works, and how students fit within the wider context of the University and Departments and Faculties. At Wolfson this is organised annually in consultation with our student body, WCSA. In addition to formal meetings with tutors and introductions to key College Officers, we have a week of social events, and we organise a ‘buddy’ scheme to give new students supportive contacts among our existing student body. 

We work closely with the University Disability Resource Centre and also have a College Disability Adviser.

Wolfson also helps postgraduate students in other ways, such as assigning PhD students to mentors in their discipline. To develop your academic and research skills, our library staff have an ongoing series of workshops and are available to help guide you.

"The tutorial system makes sure you are not alone. It doesn't limit to pastoral issues - whenever you are uncertain about academic options or unsure about possible careers, the tutor is there to help you. Even if the tutor themselves cannot help with your issue, they can connect you to a wealth of resources, experiences and connections that can guide you to achieve your goal." Andrei