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Academic advisor

All first year undergraduate students joining Alliance Manchester Business School are allocated an Academic Advisor. All students (other than those on the BSc Accounting) will meet their Academic Advisor in a fortnightly seminar as a formal part of the BMAN10780 Academic and Career Development Course. Your Academic Advisor is there to help you develop key academic skills throughout your first year and will provide you with feedback on a practice essay which will then lead onto you submitting an assessed essay for BMAN10780.  In addition this will also help you prepare for other coursework throughout the year.  Academic Advisors will also have discussions with you about your Personal and Career Development Plan (PCDP), provide you with a reference for an internship / placement (if required), and support you throughout your studies on matters of an academic nature. You may also feel it appropriate to discuss personal worries or problems with your Academic Advisor, however please note that depending on the circumstances, your Academic Advisor may refer you to the SSG to discuss these in more detail with them.

First year students on the BSc in Accounting will meet with their Academic Advisor on a regular basis throughout the first year as part of their BMAN10760 Auditing and Professional Accounting Practice 1 course. Your Academic Advisor is there to help you develop key academic skills throughout your first year, provide you with feedback on a practice report in preparation for 'formal' assessment at the end of each semester, have discussions with you about your Personal and Career Development Plan (PCDP), provide you with a reference for an internship / placement, if required and support you throughout your studies on matters of an academic nature. You may also feel it appropriate to discuss personal worries or problems with your Academic Advisor, however please note that depending on the circumstances, your Academic Advisor may refer you to the SSG to discuss these in more detail with them.

All students will remain with their Academic Advisor throughout the full duration of their studies, however a change to your Academic Advisor would occur if a member of the academic team is leaving or going on study leave, maternity leave etc. Students are able to request a change of Academic Advisor at any time and we would ask for feedback as to the reason why such a change is required.

Returning second year students remain with the same Academic Advisor that you had in your first year unless you have been advised otherwise. Throughout your second year you will continue to meet formally with your Academic Advisor. Attendance at these sessions is compulsory and will be monitored. Meetings with your Academic Advisor will include the following:

Semester 1 Weeks 2 and 3: An individual meeting will take place to renew your relationship with your Academic Advisor and discuss various start of year processes including course unit selection, additional support, career discussion, feedback etc.

Semester 1 Weeks 8 through to 11: There will be a group meeting with your Academic Advisor to discuss overall student experience of your first semester and establish what is going well and not so well which will be fed back to the undergraduate team. This meeting will also provide an opportunity for you to discuss any assessment related issues, preparation for exams, time management, plagiarism etc. Feedback relating to your overall student experience will be collated by the administrative undergraduate team and where appropriate acted upon. Any actions as a result of your feedback will be communicated to you via the undergraduate e-bulletin.

Semester 2 Weeks 6, 7 and 8: The opportunity of a meeting with your Academic Advisor will be made available for you to discuss any semester 1 marks and issues regarding your academic progression.

Semester 2 Weeks 11 and 12: A group or individual meeting will take place with your Academic Advisor to discuss completion of your PDP as well as initial discussions about your Academic Advisor providing you with an academic reference. This meeting will also be an opportune time to discuss final year course choices.

Returning final year students remain with the same Academic Advisor that you had in your second year unless you have been advised otherwise. Even though we appreciate that your final year is an extremely busy time for you, there is an expectation that you will continue to meet regularly with your Academic Advisor throughout the year, especially as this is a key person for providing you with an academic reference. As this scheme should have allowed you to build a good relationship with your Academic Advisor throughout your first and second year, we anticipate that if you want to discuss any academic related issues with your Advisor then you will arrange this on an individual basis by contacting them directly. You should also expect to hear from your Academic Advisor over the first two weeks of semester 1.