Whether you are heading off to university straight from school or college, or returning to education after a break, we want to ensure your experience is positive from the outset. At St George’s, you’ll be welcomed by a multicultural student and staff body of different ages, ethnicities, nationalities and backgrounds, all with one thing in common – an interest in healthcare, science and medicine.
Students frequently tell us they greatly appreciate the diversity of our student and staff body, as well as the patients who access healthcare services in the borough of Tooting. The University attracts a substantial number – over two-thirds – of ‘mature’ students, aged 21 or over when they start; many of whom have family and caring responsibilities.
We offer a full range of academic support and student services across all institutes, departments and faculties, some of which are listed below. We take pride in offering a transformative educational experience underpinned by cooperation and collaboration between staff and students. Our innovative Student-Staff Partnership Grants (SSPGs) provide funding for small projects led jointly by students and staff, such as a project to train our students in British Sign Language.
Once you arrive, you will be allocated a personal tutor – someone with whom you can have regular contact, who you ask questions and discuss problems with, both academic and personal. The main purpose of a personal tutor is to monitor your progress, pick up and help you resolve any problems, whether academic or welfare related. Even if they don’t have the answer they will point you in the right direction towards the best people to deal with specific problems.
Within your first week at St George’s, you’ll take part in an induction programme to help with your orientation and introduce you to various study skills, including interprofessional learning and use of the Anatomy Suite. Additional sessions provide advice and guidance about the Registry, Students’ Union, personal tutor system, safety, occupational health and sexual health awareness.
Academic staff support
You’ll have access to your lecturers, usually by arrangement via email.
Academic link tutor
The Academic Link Tutor provides you with support on placement, acting as your link with the University and monitoring your achievement and assessment.
Placement in practice is formalised through a placement management agreement. You will receive preparation sessions before your placement and be supported by our practice educators during your placement. These individuals are HCPC registered clinicians who supervise you to ensure you receive the learning opportunities necessary to meet the required placement outcomes. They will also assess your competence throughout the placement, providing regular feedback to you about your progress and supporting you to obtain any additional development required. A halfway feedback session between the student and the Practice Educator is required for all placements, supported by the Academic Link Tutor.
Student Life Centre
Our Student Centre team can help you with every aspect of student life: finances, accommodation, exams and assessment, academic procedures, admissions, international queries, disability and wellbeing, even finding your way around – whatever it takes to make you feel at home. Each course has a designated contact within the student centre to link to and your personal tutor can signpost you to relevant support, including a confidential counselling service.
Our careers service works to support current students and recent graduates to find and maintain the career of their dreams. We work with careers tutors from each course area to ensure that careers activities specific to your programmes and future profession come to you.