Hello, guys and welcome!
Ok, so down to the nitty-gritty. You’re a fresh wee tadpole in the big ol’ university pond, and you’re going to find your feet much faster with a heads-up on who the key players are. Consider this a friendly who’s who guide to the School of Geography in your first year.
Leading the pack is your First Year Tutor: This role falls to none other than our own Dr Caron Lipman, an ace cultural geographer and possibly the most chill lady you will ever meet. Hit her up with any course questions, general academic worries or swing by her office to chat in-depth about her work on home, belonging and identity (particularly pertinent to those of you tackling the move to the big city). Equally, take five to pick her brains on the hidden treasures in our own Mile End campus, she is an absolute mine of local and cultural information and will be more than happy to share it with you.
Next up, your Senior Tutor will be our lovely Dr Philippa Williams. She’s been at QM since 2013, so is an old hand at sorting student problems. Senior tutors are around to provide an extra layer of support and can be on-hand to resolve anything bigger than a late submission or wobbly attendance record. Philippa’s work focuses around economics, politics and development with a specific interest in India. Definitely a lady to hit up with any questions around these topics, previous students have said her knowledge of India is ‘astounding’ and she’s always a friendly face ready to chat and engage with you.
Also worth familiarising yourself with is the whole Geography reception team. Located on the first floor of the Geography building, the reception is a lifeline for any panicky I’m-super-stuck-with-this-please-help-me questions. They are absolute gems, always willing to help you out and possibly know the answer to every question you could ever ask (in two years, I’m yet to be proved otherwise). The reception team as a whole has got your back with queries around submissions, IT problems, modules, course changes (and anything else) alongside the big scary thing that is QMPlus (they also gratefully receive donations of biscuits or baked goods if you’re feeling generous).
More on QMPlus later – we will be running sessions during Welcome Week to help you get to grips with it, but in the meantime there are posts on the blog giving you a quick low-down.
So, that should cover the basics until you start familiarising yourself with the School of Geography as a whole. These are definitely the key people to know, and the ones to head to when you’re a wee bit stuck with things in your first weeks. A quick (slightly biased) sidenote – the whole faculty in the School of Geography are really quite lovely, and you can undoubtedly take any of your problems to them, and they will do their upmost to help you. In the meantime, bear these names in mind if you get stuck or have any questions. Also, if you want more info on the Springboards team, then check out these posts here.
Good luck, and I’ll see you guys soon!