Academic support

Study Abroad Academic Directors

Many of our academic departments have a Study Abroad Academic Advisor (SAAD) and a dedicated Study Abroad/Erasmus+ administrator who are there to help and support you. You will probably meet them during the first week of term, and you will be given a full contact list for the SAADs and administrators in each department at orientation.

Study Skills service

The University’s Study Skills service is there to help you develop and enhance your academic skills. They offer online, interactive resources that you can use any time on a mobile, tablet or desktop. They also run regular one-to-one, drop-in tutorials and small-group workshops, all of which cover a wide range of study skills, including:

  • Academic writing and avoiding plagiarism;
  • Critical thinking;
  • Using feedback for success;
  • Exam and revision techniques;
  • Presentation skills;
  • Time management and work planning.

The Study Skills service is available to everyone, no matter what course you're on, the grades you are getting, or your level of study. All study skills resources have been co-created by students, lecturers and the University’s support services, making sure that they are relevant and useful to your studies.

You can find out more about Study Skills by visiting the BlackBoard welcome page and clicking on "Study Skills" in the menu bar. Here you can find their monthly schedule of workshops, book a one-to-one tutorial or find out about 15min drop-in sessions. 

You can contact the Study Skills team on

Extenuating Circumstances

Extenuating circumstances are events that affect a student's performance in assessment and are usually either unforeseen or unpreventable and outside a student's immediate control. This may include sudden or ongoing illnesses, a bereavement, or unexpected responsibilities like caring for a family member. The Students Union has a very useful guide on extenuating circumstances.

Students in these situations are normally encouraged to submit an Extenuating Circumstances Form. The form is reviewed by a special committee held in Schools that decide whether they can be accepted, and this is then reported to a School's Exam Board.

Whilst this process is primarily aimed at students taking a full degree at Bristol, because it relates to their degree outcome, Study Abroad and Erasmus students are able to submit an Extenuating Circumstances form in certain circumstances as detailed here: Extenuating Circumstances Process for Study Abroad/Erasmus (PDF, 119kB).

Further guidance will be provided on our Study Abroad and Erasmus Blackboard pages at the start of your programme.


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