Academic and Pastoral Support

Throughout your three years with us, each student will be supported by both an academic and pastoral mentor to encourage your development.

We don’t want you to get lost in a sea of people. We have a select, small intake to ensure that unlike other institutions, we’ll know your personal and professional needs by the end of the first week.

The academic mentor will oversee your academic performance to ensure you are exceeding your potential, providing essential support to achieve the best possible degree.

Some of our female tutors were recognised by the NCTJ in 2020 for their outstanding commitment to delivering journalism training.

One-to-one tutorial time will be set aside and students can email tutors around the clock for subject specific advice. The academic mentor will work closely with students to ensure they leave the course with a bursting portfolio to take to employers – your currency when applying to jobs.

The pastoral mentor will be responsible for your emotional and personal development across your three years. We want you to feel you are always supported, with regular meetings with your mentor.

Someone from the pastoral team will always be available should you need their support and we can help organise external support if required.

We’ll provide unrivalled support when applying for jobs and after graduation our door is never closed – we’ll send you job alerts after your studies have concluded.

Mental health resources

The School of Journalism tutors are always on hand to have a chat if trainees want to talk through any issues they are experiencing during their studies.

We also have members of the team who are mental health first aid trained. They are available to talk to trainees struggling with their mental health and signpost them to the right types of support.

If you’re a current trainee, please see some examples below of trusted resources and helplines for you to use if you’re worried about your own mental health or the wellbeing of someone else.

  • Medical assistance
    Contact 999 or accompany someone to A&E if they are experiencing a mental health crisis and are in urgent need of medical help. If it is not an emergency but they require medical help, call 111 or encourage them to make an appointment with their GP.
  • Samaritans 
    Provide emotional support for people 24 hours a day, 365 days a year Phone: 116 123 or Email: [email protected]
  • SaneLine 
    Out of hours mental health and emotional support, and information for anyone affected
    Phone: 0300 304 7000 between 6pm-1pm, 7 days a week
  • Mind UK
    Information on mental health issues, where to get help, medication and alternative treatments and advocacy
    Phone: 0300 123 3393 between 9am-6pm, Mon-Fri
  • Rethink Advice and Information Service
    Practical help and information on issues such as the Mental Health Act, community care, benefits, debt, criminal justice and carers’ rights
    Phone: 0300 5000 927 between 9:30am-4pm