Why choose Bristol?
High quality teaching
The university's mission is "to pursue and share knowledge and understanding, both for their own sake and to help individuals and society fulfil their potential". Teaching is a core aspect of the statement and we take that very seriously. For all our staff excellence in teaching is a key element of their role. Courses are given by leading researchers who incorporate the very latest ideas into their teaching, and by our dedicated teaching staff. The result is a lively and challenging educational environment.
As an undergraduate studying one of the School’s degree programmes, you will benefit from excellent teaching and learning support. We provide you with small-group tutorials as well as large-group lectures and exercise lectures, with a range of teaching styles supporting a range of learning styles.
Personal tutor system
It is important to us that your time in the School is happy and productive. To help ensure that this is so, we run a personal tutor system. This means that when you register with us you will be assigned a personal tutor, a member of academic staff to whom you can go for support and advice on academic or personal matters.
The overall role of the Personal Tutor is to act as a first point of contact within the University from whom the individual tutee can obtain academic and pastoral support. This may take the form of giving personal or academic advice, or helping students to access the appropriate specialist support services. It is normally the responsibility of the Personal Tutor, in consultation with other academic staff as appropriate, to ensure that students receive adequate academic guidance. This is particularly important when students choose optional units or units in other departments.
Teaching in the School takes place in lectures, exercise lectures, tutorials, seminars, computer classes and clinics. The actual combination of these varies from course to course depending on the subject matter being taught and the year of study of the students. More technical subjects like Accounting or Econometrics tend to have more contact hours and sometimes more small group teaching as well.
The contact hours any student receives in a week of term depends on the precise combination of courses which they are taking. Every degree programme is made up of a mixture of mandatory and optional units.
In general, first year students receive more contact hours than second or final year students who will have more experience in studying on their own. The balance between large group (e.g. lectures) and small group (e.g. tutorials) learning will also change with final year students receiving a greater proportion of their teaching in small groups than first year students. On average, first year students receive about 17 contact hours per week.
The School constantly reviews the way in which different courses are taught and seeks to improve student learning by changing the teaching methods employed. This may involve changes to contact hours as well as to the balance between lectures, tutorials and other ways of learning.
High quality research-led teaching
The university's mission is "to pursue and share knowledge and understanding, both for their own sake and to help individuals and society fulfil their potential;". Teaching is a core aspect of the statement and we take that very seriously. For all our staff excellence in teaching is a key element of their role. Courses are given by leading researchers who incorporate the very latest ideas into their teaching, and by our dedicated teaching staff. The result is a lively and challenging educational environment.
The quality of the research atmosphere in the School of Economics, Finance and Management was illustrated in the most recent Research Assessment Exercise: The Department of Economics had 85% of its output rated as world leading or internationally excellent, the Department of Accounting and Finance gained an average rating of 2.55, whilst 75% of the output of the Department of Management was rated of International quality or higher. This gives a strong research environment for both taught and research postgraduates.
On our taught MSc courses, teaching is delivered through a range of methods. These include lectures, exercise lectures, small group tutorials, and workshops. The contact hours any student receives in a week of term depends on the programme they are taking. Contact hours in the Autumn term tend to be higher than in the Spring term. This is because the core units taught in the Autumn are more technical and are laying down the knowledge and skills required for the Spring term options. Academics are also available for 2 office hours per week, where students can visit without appointment to seek clarification or further explanation on anything they have been taught in class.
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