Imperial College Union’s ‘Mums and Dads’ scheme matches first years with existing students to help them tap into the wealth of peer support and expertise of students in higher years within their Department. These 'parents' help their 'children' to navigate the start of their studies and settle into university life.
Each department has a comprehensive network in place to support your son/daughter's academic and personal development throughout their time at Imperial.
Your son/daughter's first point of contact within the College will usually be their personal tutor – a member of academic staff who can offer help and support with both academic and personal issues.
They will be the first port of call for any academic, welfare, financial or pastoral issues that your son or daughter may have. Personal tutors can also provide an academic reference when they apply for jobs, placements or further study.
Most departments have a Senior Tutor whose job it is to oversee the personal and/or academic tutors. Your son/daughter can turn to them for further advice, or if their personal tutor is unavailable.
All students also have confidential access to our network of male and female College Tutors to discuss any academic, financial or pastoral issues that may be causing them concern.
What if my son/daughter is struggling with their course?
If your son/daughter feels that they are struggling, their personal tutor can help. They will be able to advise him/her about their academic progress, identify strengths and weaknesses, and suggest ways to improve their performance.
Imperial currently holds the top spot for career prospects in The Guardian University Guide 2017 – and we’re committed to maintaining this success.
Our Careers Service provides a wealth of guidance, and your son/daughter will have access to professional careers consultants from their very first day. The Service supports a huge range of career development activities to help our students prepare for life after Imperial – whether that be entering the world of work, progressing to further study or starting their own business.
Disability Advisory Service
Our Disability Advisory Service offers confidential advice and support for students with additional needs relating to a disability, enduring health or mental health issue or specific learning disability.
A wide range of teaching and learning support is available, such as adjustments to teaching materials, as well as practical measures such as adapted accommodation. Each department also has a Disability Officer to facilitate support, such as additional exam arrangements.
Centre for Academic English
Our Centre for Academic English offers specialist support to students whose first language is not English, including pre-sessional and in-sessional courses, workshops, consultations and other resources to develop your son or daughter’s academic language and literacy, and help them to successfully complete their studies.
The Centre also provides classes focused on everyday English for different social contexts, to enhance their communication skills and employability.