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Department of Mathematical Sciences

Academic Advisers

Academic Advisers system for undergraduate students

Who is my adviser?

All students on honours maths programmes, and students on natural sciences or combined honours programmes who are taking Calculus & Probability I and Linear Algebra I, or two or more modules in mathematics beyond level 1, are assigned an academic adviser in the maths department. You will have the same adviser throughout your time in Durham, unless you request a change (although another member of staff may stand in for them when your regular adviser is on leave). You can find out who your adviser is through the "My maths adviser" link. 

What does the adviser do?

Your academic adviser should be your first point of contact for advice on all academic matters, such as your academic progress, academic plans and goals, programme of study and modules from the maths department. Your academic adviser will provide advice on module choices, and approve your module choices at registration at the end of each academic year. Your academic adviser can also support you in formulating your career plans, in conjunction with the professional support from the careers service. They can also provide job references for summer placements and at the end of your studies.

This complements the role of your college mentor, who provides support on pastoral issues and personal development.

When do I see my adviser?

  • You will have timetabled meetings with your adviser, but you should feel free to contact your adviser whenever you need advice; don’t wait for a meeting.

  • You will first meet your adviser at registration in induction week at the start of your first year.

  • You will meet with your adviser once each term. The Michaelmas and Epiphany meeting are intended to review progress and discuss goals and career plans; the Easter meeting is to provide feedback on your results from the year and advice on plans and module choices for the next year, and approve your module choices. After the first year, your adviser will also contact you by email at the beginning of the year to remind you that they are available if you need advice.

  • You are strongly encouraged to attend these meetings. If you cannot attend the timetabled slots, you should contact your adviser in advance of the timetabled meeting to arrange an alternative time.

Academic adviser system for postgraduate taught students

The course director of the MSc programme you are studying on will act as your academic adviser. They will be your first point of contact for advice on all academic matters, such as your academic progress, academic plans and goals, programme of study and modules. Your academic adviser can also support you in formulating your career plans, in conjunction with the professional support from the careers service. They can also provide job references at the end of your studies.

This complements the role of your college mentor, who provides support on pastoral issues and personal development.

Once you start work on your dissertation, you will be assigned a dissertation supervisor, who can also provide academic advice, and will be able to provide a second reference at the end of your studies.

You will meet with your academic adviser each term:

  • During the induction period at the beginning of the year, your adviser will meet you to discuss your academic plans and goals and to advise you on module choices and register you for your modules.

  • Your adviser will meet you in the Epiphany and Easter terms to provide feedback on progress so far and guidance on how to achieve your goals; in the Easter term they will also discuss your choice of dissertation topic with you.