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Get Academic HELP when you need it

Decide to study with us, and you'll have a host of learning and academic support at your disposal, whenever you need it

Everyone needs a little help from time to time, whether you're a fresher taking your first steps into uni life or a seasoned student who knows your way around academia. Here's where to find the academic help you need.

Your personal tutor

As well as access to experts such as professors and researchers, you’ll get a personal tutor who'll guide you and help you achieve your goals.

Your personal tutor gives you academic and personal support to help you settle in and make the most of course. If necessary, they'll help you access relevant academic and personal support services.

You'll meet regularly with your personal tutor in scheduled group and personal sessions. They're also available between sessions if you have any issues or concerns.

IT and computing resources

Not a tech boffin? Don't worry – we've got an IT Help Centre on campus to help you with all your computer quibbles.

You also have access to:

  • free Wi-Fi across all University buildings
  • laptops on short-term loan
  • computer suites with the latest specialised software and equipment
  • free Office 365 download
  • open access areas, printing facilities and group working areas

Academic help

If you need support with your work, our support tutors and the Academic Skills Unit (ASK) provide confidential, personalised one-to-one tutorials to help you develop the essential academic skills you need for your course.

You can get help with:

  • academic writing
  • note taking
  • time management
  • critical thinking
  • presentation skills
  • referencing
  • working in groups
  • revision, memory and exam techniques

Maths help

Struggling with a maths-related problem or need a little help with statistics? Whatever your area of study or prior expertise, the Maths Cafe provides free advice and maths assistance in a friendly, informal environment. Come to our daily drop-in sessions, develop your maths skills at a workshop or use our online resources.

Disability advice and support 

If you have a disability, medical condition or specific learning difference such as dyslexia, you can get confidential advice and guidance from our Additional Support and Disability Advice Centre (ASDAC)

Our services include:

  • confidential advice from disability professionals
  • guidance on disability-related support costs, including Disabled Students' Allowance
  • discussion on reasonable adjustments
  • referral for diagnosis or to obtain diagnostic evidence
  • specialist study skills tuition 
  • assistive technology tuition 
  • liaison with external services e.g. Autism Hampshire and Clear Links

Graduate School

Our Graduate School gives you the support you need to get the most out of your postgraduate research studies.

You'll get a supervisory team and a comprehensive induction so you can make best use of the academic tools and facilities on offer.

As well as the support of your fellow postgrad research students and supervisors, you'll also be able to use the Graduate School Development Programme. It includes workshops and special interest groups that help you develop your research skills.

Learn a foreign language

Learning another language is a great way to broaden your horizons, make yourself more employable and immerse yourself in another culture. Our Institution-Wide Language Programme (IWLP) is a free programme open to every campus-based, full-time student at the University. Regardless of what you're studying, you can learn a language alongside your degree.

You can choose from these 8 languages:

  • Arabic
  • British Sign Language
  • Italian
  • Japanese
  • Mandarin
  • French
  • German
  • Spanish

We run day and evening classes to cover every level of ability, so whether you're a complete beginner or looking to develop your existing skills, we've got you covered. We'll assess you first to put you in the right group for your level of experience.

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In your first year, you can study a language but it won't count towards your degree. After your first year, you can choose to study a language as a 20-credit option in your second year.


Starting in your second year, you'll study your language as one of your 20-credit options. In your final year, your language classes won't count as one of your 20-credit options, but you'll continue to study the same language in addition to your degree.

To find out more about the IWLP, email iwlp@port.ac.uk.

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