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Durham University

St John's College

Pastoral Tutors

The Pastoral Tutor system is one of the best features of College life. As a first year undergraduate, or resident postgraduate, you are allocated a Pastoral Tutor in a group of about 10-12 students to help you make friends and settle in to university life at Durham. Many of our Pastoral Tutors have worked at the University or lived in the local area for a long time, and look forward to helping you with any questions you may have, or point you in the right direction. Whether you take up their invitations to dinners, or just meet for a coffee and a chat, it is reassuring to know that someone is there for you if you need them.

Role of Pastoral Tutors

  • A friendly first point of contact who can help you settle in
  • Help you to get the best out of your experience at Durham University
  • Give tips & advice about Durham City and the North East
  • Organise group activities
  • Coach you throughout your Durham Inspired Award
  • Available for individual chats for personal development on a termly basis
  • May write a personal (not academic) reference for tutees who have engaged in the Programme.

What Pastoral Tutors don't do

  • It’s not their role to provide counselling or ongoing one-to-one support
  • They don’t give specific advice on academic work (that’s the role of your departmental Academic Advisor)
  • They don’t liaise with your department, or give advice on issues affecting your academic progress or health (that’s the role of the Assistant Senior Tutor)
  • They won’t write personal references for students who haven’t engaged with the Programme.

Contact us

Senior Tutor's Office

St John's College 
3 South Bailey 

Office hours: 8:3012:30, 13:3016:30

T: 0191 334 3842

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