Student Support


We understand that life isn’t always a straight road. Sometimes, financial, personal or social obstacles make it difficult for individuals to take advantage of educational opportunities early on in life. We help those people overcome barriers to learning and provide quality educational experiences to those looking to step onto to a better path.                        

In any case, for many people, returning to education can raise fears and anxieties, as well as awakening hopes and excitement. Talking to our tutors can help. We aim to support our students through the emotional and personal difficulties of learning to allow them to achieve their goals. We offer each and every student a holistic package of support, based on individual needs, to help safeguard and nurture your learning, development and success.

It doesn’t matter how you begin, start now and soon you could be on your way to achieving a full university degree and all the benefits that brings.

Personal Tutors

Our students meet with their personal tutors on a weekly basis (for full time courses). The tutorial helps to develop the student’s critical thinking, intellectual development and writing abilities. With guidance from their tutor, the student can choose a weekly essay or other assignment and together review and evaluate previous work.

Learning Development

We have a small team of friendly and experienced tutors who can provide expert support. We offer  one-to-one, 50 minute sessions with a Learning Development tutor to discuss any aspect of your academic work. Whether you are struggling with your course, or a high-flyer wanting to improve your results even more, or somewhere in between, the service is available to you. Last year 35% of students came to Learning Development at some point for help on subjects such as time management, essay structure and discussing tutor feedback. Many students find a session or two with Learning Development sets them on the right track, and helps them to feel less overwhelmed and more confident.

Last year students said:

“…it is a safe place to ask for help without being or feeling evaluated for the lack of certain academic skills”

“They take time to help you understand what is being asked of you and also to help you understand how to structure your answer.”

“…someone non-judgmental to bounce ideas off”

Appointments can be booked through the main reception – call 01865 759600. Telephone and email appointments are also available.

Where to find us
Learning Development is located in room G.07 in the Library.

International Students

Ruskin College welcomes students from overseas and has a complete guide for International Students. Why not take a look and then email us with any questions at

Information, Advice and Guidance

If you’re looking for advice, information or guidance on any topic relating to your studies we have a wealth of information and resources to help you. Talk to us about your application, how to finance your studies, meeting your accommodation needs, accessing childcare or coping with personal and social issues. Call 01865 759600 or send an email to​

Students with Children or Adult Dependents

If you are study for an undergraduate degree with us, additional help may be available for students with children or adult dependants via Student Finance England, Student Finance Northern Ireland, Student Awards Agency for Scotland and Student Finance Wales.