Life Sciences student in the lab

At Imperial we’ll encourage you to push the boundaries of your knowledge and use your talents in new and different ways. To help smooth the transition to university study, we’ve got a comprehensive network of academic support in place so you know that there will always be help on hand if you need it.

Study skills

Our online Success Guide brings together a range of hints, tips and advice on everything from effective study to health and wellbeing. Different sections of the guide are designed to be useful at different points during the year.

For face-to-face tuition regular training sessions are available in the Central Library to develop your academic reading, writing and note-taking skills.

Personal tutor

Every undergraduate student is assigned a personal tutor from amongst the academic staff within their department. The role of your tutor is to encourage you to seek out opportunities and make choices that will support your academic and personal development.

Your tutor will schedule regular meetings with you to monitor your academic performance and provide feedback and guidance; you’re also encouraged to seek their advice whenever you need it, including on personal issues.

Subject librarians

We have subject librarians for every department who can offer expert advice on finding resources for your subject area and help with using the Library’s collection of e-journals and e-books.

Academic English for STEMM communication

The Centre for Academic English provides an extensive range of courses and workshops to develop the academic STEMM communication competence of all Imperial College London academics, researchers and students, both native and non-native speakers.

For Imperial staff and researchers (including doctoral students), we provide training for external academic communication, including writing research papers for publication, presenting at conferences, writing grant applications and writing for the REF.

Our provision for first-year undergraduates up to final-year doctoral students responds to their academic communication needs at each stage of their studies, including writing a lab report, presenting a poster, writing a literature review, writing a thesis – and many more.

Disabilities and specific learning difficulties

Every department has a Disability Support Officer who is the first point of contact for students with a disability, specific learning difficulty such as dyslexia, or enduring health or mental health issue. Where appropriate, they can apply for special exam arrangements on your behalf and will facilitate other forms of support within the department.

Additional support is also available from the College’s Disability Advisory Service.