Students are allocated an academic mentor at the start of the MBA course. They will be your personal tutor with general responsibility for overseeing your academic performance and progress on the course. The academic mentor’s role is to work with the programme administration team to monitor your progress through the course to ensure you meet the goals that you have set for yourself and the requirements of the Programme Regulations. During your studies your academic mentor will be able to assist you with queries relating to your studies such as study skills, plagiarism, using source materials, option module selection etc. You should remain in regular contact with the academic mentor via email and they will be monitoring your submission patterns and the grades you receive. Should you fail a module you will be expected to make contact with your academic mentor and be prepared to discuss how you will respond to the feedback with which you have provided.
It is also important to know that your academic mentors are members of the teaching and research staff who are experts in their own areas and not experts in all of the modules that you will be studying. Therefore if you have any issues or problems with a specific module you should approach the module tutor in the first instance, as they will be able to deal with the particular content of that module. Moreover, if you have any issues with the programme as a whole, you should make an appointment to speak to the programme leader.
You and your academic mentor have equal responsibility for developing and maintaining the relationship. From experience, we know that in the vast majority of cases this relationship will provide you with an appropriate level of personal support to enable you to progress through your studies to the best of your abilities.