School of Media, Arts and Humanities - for students and staff

Student support

You are supported throughout your time in the School of Media, Arts and Humanities by staff and fellow students in support roles as well as central support services provided by the University.

Academic Advisors

Make an appointment with your Academic Advisor if you need advice about your academic progress, to get feedback on your work and approach to study.

Office hours for your Academic Advisor can be found on your Sussex Direct study pages.

The School Student Experience Group meets at least once a term, and is composed of all Student Reps, along with key members of staff such as the Dean or one of the Associate Deans, the School Administrator (Education and Students), the Directors of Teaching and Learning, the Director of Student Experience and members of the Student Experienc team. The SSEG is a forum in which the student reps discuss issues arising from their cohorts, including issues of concern and ideas for improvement. It typically discusses issues which can be resolved within the School.

The School of Media, Arts and Humanities offers a unique study support service through our team of Academic Skills Advisors (ASAs). Each of our nine advisors offers two half-hour appointments in a one hour slot per week. Our ASAs are all current PhD researchers drawn from across the disciplines in the School. Their focus in appointments is to help you with problems you might encounter in your studies, at all stages - undergraduate and postgraduate.

What can I get help with?

  • Time management
  • Reading and note-taking strategies
  • Making contributions in class
  • Research skills
  • Planning and writing assignments
  • Planning and practicing presentations
  • Getting ideas out of your head and onto the page

The service focuses on general academic skills, and not content or subject specific issues. For these, you should contact your module tutors.

Skills Hub is a great resource for all students to help you prepare for your studies. Use the site for support with: 

  • getting organised
  • reading and research
  • assessments: essays, reports, presentations and more
  • writing well
  • numeracy skills
  • revision and exams.

The Tea and Talk Peer Support Network is made up of trained student volunteers and offers an informal space for Sussex students to talk and be listened to, as well as an opportunity to find out about other sources of support while enjoying free tea and biscuits! Sessions will run every Wednesday afternoon during term-time, from 1-3pm on the ground floor of the Meeting House.

Buddy Scheme Volunteers help and support other students. A buddy can support you and introduce you to life on campus, around Brighton and beyond. The Buddy Scheme is a Students' Union peer to peer support scheme that is open to all Sussex students at all levels of study. For more information, or to get involved, visit the Students' Union website.

If English is your second language and you need study skills support, visit the Sussex Centre for Language Studies workshops, tutorials and drop-in sessions

If you are looking for jobs and experience, need help with an application, want to start your own business or think about your career options, go the Careers and Employability Centre.

You will find a range of events, workshop and fairs, one-to-one appointments and loads of online resources.

The Student Life Centre, located on the ground floor of Bramber House, is the first place to go when you have questions, queries, worries or concerns. The kind of things you might see a Student Life Advisor about include:

  • emotional, personal or family crisis
  • feeling homesick, difficulties settling in, housing problems
  • safety, crime, sexual violence
  • feeling anxious about seminars, concerns about study skills, performance and progression
  • health concerns and other situations that may be impacting on studies.

The Student Support Unit is a team of specialist advisors who work with students who may need support at the university due to a long term condition.

IT Services can offer support in areas including, but not limited to:

  • Connecting to the internet
  • Using email
  • Installing software on your computer
  • Printing
  • Training courses