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ChemistryUndergraduate study

Study support

The University offers a huge range of resources and study support across all our campuses to help you make the most of your learning experience.

Whether you need guidance on coursework or help finding an obscure journal, access to the internet or language lessons, we have the technology, services and resources to ensure you get the support you need.

Supporting you with your subject

All students will be assigned a Personal Academic Tutor, who can mentor and support you throughout your degree. They can advise on module and course options, provide help with your CV and interviews, be a referee for placement and job applications, and a confidant for academic and pastoral issues.

Our support network of Student Family Groups welcome new students. Headed by 2nd year undergraduate “parents”, they help students settle in to the department and make new friends.

We have a Faculty International Student Support Group, which meets each month, to give our Chemistry students from across the EU and around the world, the opportunity to feedback any issues to us, to gain knowledge and support, and to make new friends across our Faculty.

Our Student Course Reps and Academic Student President are the spokespeople for the undergraduate community. They feedback student issues with any aspect of the courses to our Staff-Student Liaison Committee. Together with Module Surveys, this enables us to modify and refine our teaching, and address any problems that may arise.

We are also one of only 7 Chemistry departments in the UK, to be awarded a Silver Athena SWAN award, recognising our success in promotion of gender equality, as part of our wider commitment to equality and diversity across the department.

We work with the Enabling Services department to support students with additional pastoral, academic, learning and exam support needs. We strive to enable all students to achieve their potential, and have a wealth of experience in assisting students, for example, with anxiety, depression and dyslexia.

Sometimes it’s hard to see the differences that are made, because you tend to be more aware of what your year reps are bringing up in the SSLC meetings and what changes they want to drive, but the ones that generally impact you are those that were addressed by students in the previous year. I'm very grateful for some of the things that students before me helped to change, and it's easy to see how important it is to contribute with feedback even though you may not see the results of it yourself.

For me, I've been really happy with my experience of studying Chemistry at Southampton and perhaps I never saw a great need for anything to change, but I have felt very supported knowing about the SSLC and what they do because it shows how the Department is open to hear what its students think really intends the best for us

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