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Aims of the Personal Tutor System

The Personal Tutor system will provide you with a named member of academic staff, your Personal Tutor, who will support you throughout your time at the University, giving you academic support and a route to pastoral support.  You, as a Tutee, will work with your Personal Tutor to reflect on your academic performance, how this contributes to your aspirations and helps you to engage as a member of a community of learners.  You will also be supported throughout your time at university by a Student Support Team.  More details on the Personal Tutoring system can be found at: My Personal Tutor

Your Personal Tutor will:

·         help you to review your academic progress and performance regularly;

·         help you to think about your learning, how it contributes to your future development, prepares you for your time at university and your career;

·         help you to become a confident, active member of a community of learners;

·         help you to deal with any concerns or problems that might affect your studies and refer you to other staff in the School and support services as appropriate.

You can find out who your Personal Tutor is via MyEd.

More extensive details on all aspects of the Personal Tutoring system, as well as other sources of support at the University, can be found here:

Expectations of Personal Tutors and Personal Tutees

Postgraduate Taught Students

During the taught part of your degree programme your School will schedule meetings with your Personal Tutor to enable you to settle in and support your development as a member of your subject area’s academic community.  You will also have one further scheduled individual meeting with your Personal Tutor during the research part of your degree programme.    

  • There will be a one-to-one meeting with your Personal Tutor in each semester and a third at the start of the dissertation project.
  • The first will be early in Semester 1, and the second will be early in Semester 2.
  • The one-to-one meetings are scheduled to last for 30 minutes. Depending on circumstances, they may actually be shorter or longer than this.
  • You will schedule the one-to-one meetings with your Personal Tutor by selecting a 30 minute appointment from a list of possibilities which your Personal Tutor will make available. This will be done during Induction Week before Semester 1, during the first week of Semester 2 and as soon as possible after the final examination in May. Scheduled means that a School has made a reasonable proactive attempt to arrange a meeting between a Personal Tutor and a Tutee.  It is accepted that a Tutee may choose not to respond or attend the meeting.’
  • You may request an additional meeting with your Personal Tutor either directly or via email.
  • The purpose and content of each of the one-to-one meetings is as follows
  • The first meeting will give you the opportunity to ask questions and receive advice to help you settle into your programme and life in Edinburgh as a PGT student. In addition, it will include initial discussions of optional course choice, particularly if your programme has optional courses in Semester 1.
  • At the second meeting, you and your Personal Tutor will discuss the outcome of any exams taken at the end of Semester 1 and the final choice of optional courses which is the best match to your interests and abilities.
  • The focus of the third meeting will be a discussion of the challenges of the dissertation project, including both general issues and those particular to your project.

If you are not on campus (e.g. studying abroad for a period, or on placement, or studying an online degree) then your meetings may take place by telephone, live internet call, or a web conferencing application. Email exchanges are not considered to be meetings unless they take place within a pre-agreed timeframe to enable you to have a “conversation” (e.g. if you are overseas and emailing within a 24-36 hour period to take account of time differences).

You will also be involved in at least two group meetings (in the taught part of your degree programme) and other activities designed to support your development as a member of an academic community.

  • There will be one group meeting in each semester.
  • The first group meeting will take place in week 4 of Semester 1 and the second will be during week 5 of Semester 2.
  • The group meetings will be scheduled to last between 30 and 50 minutes.
  • The group meetings will be scheduled by the Programme Director in coordination with the Personal Tutors.
  • The first group meeting will introduce you to second semester optional courses, present careers information and discuss revision and examination techniques. The meeting will also include a reiteration of the advice on plagiarism given during Induction Week and encouragement to attend English language courses, if appropriate.
  • At the second group meeting you will be given advice on sourcing your dissertation project. As you enter one of the busiest periods of the programme, there will be a discussion of time management and revision strategies.
  • The group meetings of PGT students will be divided up according to degree programme into the following three sections:
  • Operational Research, OR with Risk, OR with Computational Optimization and OR with Data Science
  • Statistics and OR, Statistics with Data Science
  • Financial Mathematics, Computational Financial Mathematics and Financial Modelling and Optimization

Support Contacts

Within each School there are a number of other roles working in partnership with Personal Tutors to make sure the Personal Tutor system works for you. 

Student Support Team

Each School has a Student Support Team (SST) working with Personal Tutors to support you. 

  • You can contact your Personal Tutor for help and advice on your postgraduate studies, any academic personal issues or queries regarding University rules and regulations. 
  • You can expect a response within three working days. If your Personal Tutor is not available, you should contact the Senior Tutor.
  • You will normally stay with the same PT throughout your study here, although on occasion changes may be unavoidable due to e.g. a staff sabbatical.
  • Should there be a conflict of interest or other problem between you and your PT, you may ask for a change of PT by contacting the senior tutor unless he is your PT in which case you should contact your programme director. You will not be able to request to which new PT you will be assigned.
  • If a change of PT occurs during an academic session, an additional meeting should be scheduled with the new PT to ensure that the transition occurs smoothly.

Team:

Dr Julian Hall,

OR MSc Programme Director

JCMB, 6221      

E-mail: J.A.J.Hall@ed.ac.uk

Phone: 0131 650 5075

Contact Hours: Monday-Friday, 9am-5pm

 

Dr Bruce Worton,

SOR MSc Programme Director

JCMB, 4617      

E-mail: Bruce.Worton@ed.ac.uk

Phone: 0131 650 488

Contact Hours: Monday-Friday, 9am-5pm

 

Dr Sotirios Sabanis,

FM, FMO and CMF MScs Programme Director

JCMB, 4610      

E-mail: S.Sabanis@ed.ac.uk

Phone: 0131 650 5084

Contact Hours: Monday-Friday, 9am-5pm

 

Mr Luke Caudrey,

PGT Administrator

JCMB, 5211      

E-mail: luke.caudrey@ed.ac.uk

Phone: 0131 651 7761

Contact Hours: Monday-Friday, 9am-5pm

 

Mrs Frances Reid,

Programme Secretary for OR and SOR MScs

JCMB, 5211      

E-mail: F.C.Reid@ed.ac.uk

Phone: 0131 650 4883

Contact Hours: Monday-Friday, 9.30am-2pm

 

Ms Noureen Ehsan,

Programme Secretary for FM, FMO and CMF MScs

JCMB, 5211      

E-mail: Noureen.Ehsan@ed.ac.uk

Phone: 0131 650 4885

Contact Hours: Monday-Friday, 9am-5pm

 

Senior Tutor

Each School has a Senior Tutor who oversees the effectiveness of personal tutoring within your School.  If you feel that you cannot speak to your Personal Tutor (and sometimes people simply do not get along due to no fault of either side) please contact your Senior Tutor. Should there be a conflict of interest or other problem between you and your PT, you may ask for a change of PT by contacting the senior tutor unless he is your PT in which case you should contact your programme director. You will not be able to request to which new PT you will be assigned.

  Senior Tutor: Dr. Burak Buke

                          JCMB, 6212

                           E-mail: B.Buke@ed.ac.uk

                           Phone: 0131 650 5840

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