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THE DIRECTOR'S OF STUDIES COMMITMENT TO YOU.  During your time as an undergraduate, you can expect from your DoS the following support:

Freshers: Directors of Studies organise induction for new students by:

  • providing introductory material, reading lists etc. in advance of students' arrival;
  • meeting new students at the beginning of the year to explain the teaching system in detail;
  • advising new students on learning procedures

All students: Directors of Studies advise students on University courses, facilities and examinations, arrange supervisions and monitor students' progress by:

  • meeting them at the beginning and end of each Term to advise on a programme of work and to monitor progress;
  • recommending and informing of University lectures, classes and practicals as relevant;
  • giving explanations about University, College and Departmental Libraries and IT resources;
  • liaising with the College Librarian to ensure that stocks of books are kept up to date;
  • arranging supervisions for College teaching;
  • monitoring progress from supervision reports;
  • warning students if they are neglecting their studies;
  • liaising with tutors where students appear to have problems;
  • noting and, where appropriate, acting on feedback from students on supervisors;
  • checking examination entries;
  • organising College examinations where appropriate;
  • informing students of details of examination results;
  • making recommendations on scholarships and prizes;
  • advising on possible postgraduate courses;
  • writing references as requested by students;
  • being available to any student who is considering a change of subject;
  • being available to advise students on any matter related to the subject, particularly if the student is in difficulty.

Supervisors: Directors of Studies appoint supervisors and monitor the standard of both College organised supervisions and those which are Faculty based by:

  • appointing supervisors and specifying hours of teaching;
  • instructing new supervisors in what is required of them and informing them of teaching courses available;
  • ensuring that supervisors discuss a student's problems with the Director of Studies as soon as they arise;
  • giving the Tutorial Office list of supervisors each term to ensure that they receive report forms and claim forms;
  • monitoring expenditure on supervisions

YOUR COMMITMENT TO THE DIRECTOR OF STUDIES Your own commitments within a fruitful relationship with your Director of Studies include:

  • attending regular and one-off meetings arranged for you, including the DoS interviews held at the beginning and end of each term;
  • dealing promptly with correspondence from your Director of Studies, and with College and University administrative requests such as the enrolment for examinations, the Academic Self-Assessment Form, the Teaching Questionnaire etc.;
  • attending supervisions arranged for you having properly prepared for them, and giving as much notice as possible to both the supervisor, and the Director of Studies, of any unavoidable absences due to illness or other grave cause;
  • following the advice and guidance given by your Director of Studies on academic matters.

 

 

DIRECTORS OF STUDIES

Directors of Studies in each subject are listed below. Note that:

  • The majority of our Directors of Studies are Fellows of the College, and their College room is indicated in brackets in their entry; "External Directors of Studies" are based elsewhere in the University, and are denoted by an asterisk after their name.
  • When more than one Director of Studies is in charge over the course of the three terms (Michaelmas, Lent, and Easter Term) of the Cambridge academic year, each DoS's term of office is indicated in brackets alongside the Tripos Part for which s/he directs studies.

Anglo-Saxon, Norse and Celtic Dr Eoghan Ahern* , Email: ea359@cam.ac.uk
Archaeology Dr Sheila E Kohring* , Email: sek34@cam.ac.uk
Architecture Dr Michael Ramage, Tel. +44 1223 3 30797, Email: mhr29@cam.ac.uk (B05)
Asian and Middle Eastern Studies Dr Christine van Ruymbeke* , Email: cv223@cam.ac.uk
Chemical Engineering Dr Ljiljana Fruk, Email: lf389@cam.ac.uk (MH3)
Classics Dr Ioannis Galanakis, Part IB and Part II , Tel. +44 1223 3 38879, Email: ig298@cam.ac.uk (S2)
Dr Claire Jackson* , Part Prelim and Part 1A , Email: crj33@cam.ac.uk
Computer Science Mr Matthew T Ireland* , Email: mti20@cam.ac.uk
Economics Dr Charles Roddie, Part IIA & IIB , Tel. +44 1223 3 38887, Email: cr250@cam.ac.uk
Engineering Professor Abir Al-Tabbaa, Part IIB , Email: aa22@cam.ac.uk (Dept of Engineering)
Professor Andrew J Flewitt, Part IA , Tel. +44 1223 7 66594, Email: ajf@eng.cam.ac.uk (Z06)
Dr Ricardo Garcia-Mayoral, Part IIA , Email: r.gmayoral@eng.cam.ac.uk (M2)
Dr John P Longley, Part IB , Tel. +44 1223 3 38878, Email: jpl@eng.cam.ac.uk (Y05)
Engineering (Manufacturing) Professor Andy Neely, Tel. +44 1223 3 30815, Email: adn1000@cam.ac.uk (S1)
English Dr Edward Wilson-Lee, Tel. +44 1223 3 38045, Email: ew303@cam.ac.uk (Y08)
Geography Dr Catherine Sumnall, Tel. +44 1223 3 38846, Email: cs364@cam.ac.uk (B04)
History Dr Bernhard Fulda, Part Prelim and part I , Tel. +44 1223 3 38856, Email: bdf20@cam.ac.uk (400)
Dr Tom Lambert, Part II , Email: tbl25@cam.ac.uk (MH4)
History and Modern Languages Dr Stanley Bill, Tel. +44 1223 3 38857, Email: sb2054@cam.ac.uk (B7)
History and Politics Dr Mette Eilstrup Sangiovanni, Tel. +44 1223 3 38834, Email: mer29@cam.ac.uk (JL18)
Dr Bernhard Fulda, Tel. +44 1223 3 38856, Email: bdf20@cam.ac.uk (400)
History of Art Dr Frank Salmon* , Email: fes11@cam.ac.uk
Human, Social and Political Sciences Dr Robbie Duschinsky, Part Sociology , Email: rd522@medschl.cam.ac.uk (S5)
Dr Mette Eilstrup Sangiovanni, Part IIA & IIB , Tel. +44 1223 3 38834, Email: mer29@cam.ac.uk (JL18)
Dr Sheila E Kohring* , Part Archaeology , Email: sek34@cam.ac.uk
Professor James BL Mayall, Part I , Tel. +44 1223 3 38809, Email: jblm2@cam.ac.uk (D03)
Dr Rupert Stasch, Part Soc Anth , Email: rs839@cam.ac.uk (S4)
Land Economy Professor Paul G McHugh, Tel. +44 1223 3 38805, Email: pgm13@cam.ac.uk (CRFF01)
Law Dr Fernando Lusa Bordin, Part IB, LLM, MCL , Tel. +44 1223 3 38865, Email: fl290@cam.ac.uk (X9)
Mr Henry Mares, Part IA, II , Tel. +44 1223 3 38863, Email: hmm30@cam.ac.uk (H4 Chapel Court)
Linguistics Dr Andrew Caines* , Email: apc38@cam.ac.uk
Management Studies Professor Michael G Pollitt, Tel. +44 1223 3 38868, Email: mgp20@cam.ac.uk (R04)
Mathematics Dr Wayne Boucher* , Part IA, III (Pure) and MAST , Email: wb104@cam.ac.uk (Dept of Biochemistry)
Dr Berry Groisman, Part IB and II , Tel. +44 1223 3 37033, Email: bg268@cam.ac.uk (X1)
Medicine Dr Paul D Flynn, Part IB , Tel. +44 1223 3 38804, Email: pdf21@cam.ac.uk (H13)
Dr Antony P Jackson, Part II , Tel. +44 1223 3 38858, Email: apj10@cam.ac.uk (H10)
Dr Sid Lawrence* , Part IA , Email: jl507@cam.ac.uk
Medicine (Clinical) Dr Mark Gurnell, Tel. +44 1223 7 61257, Email: mg299@medschl.cam.ac.uk (Dept. Endocrinology)
Modern and Medieval Languages Dr Stanley Bill, Part Year Abroad and Erasmus , Tel. +44 1223 3 38857, Email: sb2054@cam.ac.uk (B7)
Mrs Natasha V Franklin, Part IA and II , Tel. +44 1223 3 39522, Email: nvf1000@cam.ac.uk (C04)
Dr Maria Noriega-Sanchez, Part IB , Tel. +44 1223 3 39522, Email: mn316@cam.ac.uk (C04 )
Music Dr David G Skinner, Tel. +44 1223 7 61563, Email: dgs38@cam.ac.uk (D02)
Natural Sciences Dr Christopher JL Doran, Part IB (Physical) , Tel. +44 1223 7 60973, Email: chris.doran@arm.com (JL14)
Dr Erika Eiser, Part Part Ia , Tel. +44 1223 3 38855, Email: ee247@cam.ac.uk (R03)
Dr Amalio Fernandez-Pacheco, Part IA (Physical) , Email: af457@cam.ac.uk (MH6)
Professor Rebecca M Kilner, Part II and III (Biological) , Tel. +44 1223 3 38074, Email: rmk1002@cam.ac.uk (R01)
Dr Steven F Lee, Part II and III (Physical) , Email: sl591@cam.ac.uk (SH6)
Dr Rohan Ranasinghe* , Part IB, II and III , Email: rr360@cam.ac.uk
Dr Emma Weisblatt* , Email: ejw44@cam.ac.uk
Dr Matt T Wilkinson* , Email: mtw21@cam.ac.uk
Natural Sciences (Earth Sciences) Dr Owen Weller, Email: ow212@cam.ac.uk
Natural Sciences (Materials Science) Professor A L Greer, Tel. +44 1223 3 38836, Email: alg13@cam.ac.uk (X2)
Philosophy Dr Paulina A Sliwa, Tel. +44 1223 3 38813, Email: pas70@cam.ac.uk (KH5)
Psychological and Behavioural Sciences Dr Lucy G Cheke* , Part Lent and Easter , Email: lgc23@cam.ac.uk
Professor Michael Lamb, Part Michaelmas only , Tel. +44 1223 3 38874, Email: mel37@cam.ac.uk (R02)
Theology The Rev'd Dr Brett Gray, Tel. +44 1223 3 38837, Email: bcg24@cam.ac.uk (Y01)
Veterinary Medicine Dr Colin A Roberts, Tel. +44 1223 7 68018, Email: car43@cam.ac.uk (H13b)

* indicates an External Director of Studies

Supervisions are at the core of the educational provision of the Cambridge Colleges, as a medium through which students learn to work autonomously, to learn with and from others, to argue and to present arguments, to handle problems, to question their own assumptions, and to meet deadlines. The essentials of this crucial dimension of your intellectual experience are spelt out in a Guidance by the Senior Tutors' Committee, which is made available to all Sidney supervisors in advance of each new academic year, and can be found online at http://www.admin.cam.ac.uk/committee/seniortutors/guidance/supervisors.pdf.  Its key provisions are reproduced here:

 

YOUR SUPERVISOR'S COMMITMENT TO YOU.  Students are encouraged to expect the following from supervisions:

• as far as is practicable, a full hour of teaching (provided that they have done the work expected of them in preparation for the supervision)

• to be taught in a reasonably sized group in which they have the opportunity to participate fully

• guidance about how best to prepare for supervisions

• to be set reasonable amounts of work and to receive constructive feedback on it

• their work to have been marked, with advice for improvement, before the supervision where this is the usual arrangement in the subject

• teaching that is relevant to the course and helps them understand the subject

• discussion of their questions and problems, with constructive comment

• respect for their opinions, and questions to be dealt with thoroughly and effectively

• opportunities to discuss with the supervisor, in privacy and in full confidence, any problems they perceive in the quality, relevance, or dynamics of the supervisions they are receiving.

 

YOUR COMMITMENT TO YOUR SUPERVISOR.  Students themselves may be expected to:

• complete the work set to the very best of their ability

• hand in work on time (and to ensure that they have agreed a deadline with the supervisor)

• turn up on time to every supervision

• contribute actively to the supervision and make their opinions known

• contact the supervisor in plenty of time if they are unable to make the supervision or complete the work set

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The whole college works hard to attract to Sidney students from all backgrounds, who have the highest intellectual potential and the strongest passion for their chosen subject; we are correspondingly committed to ensuring that each of you, once at Sidney, has the best opportunities to fulfil your academic promise, and excellent support in doing so.

The key processes giving effect to that commitment are: 1) an effective working partnership between student and Director of Studies; 2) regular self-assessment and external review of the student's academic progress; 3) opportunities for individual student feedback through the tutorial system, as well as via student representatives on Council (and its standing Education Committee).

Two fundamental processes for monitoring academic progress and for gathering student feedback are a twice-yearly STUDENT QUESTIONNAIRE and a yearly INDIVIDUAL ACADEMIC REVIEW.

THE STUDENT QUESTIONNAIRE

The main questionnaire is run in the last week of the Michaelmas Term, so that any problems arising can be addressed in good time for the start of Lent Term, without jeopardizing a student's progress for the year as a whole. A second Questionnaire is run just after students have finished their University exams, so that their feedback on the learning experience of a full year can be taken into account in planning for the next one.

THE ACADEMIC REVIEW

Your Academic Self-Assessment in Part A of the student Questionnaire, together with input from your Director of Studies’, constitutes the basis of an individual Academic Review at the start of Lent Term.

- First year Undergraduates meet with their Tutor;

- Second Year Undergraduates meet with the Senior Tutor;

- Third Year Undergraduates (and fourth years returning from a Year Abroad) meet with the Master.

CLOSING THE LOOP ON STUDENT FEEDBACK

Following the analysis of questionnaire responses and the discussions in individual Reviews with students, all matters requiring action are discussed by the Reviewer with your Director of Studies and/or with the Senior Tutor; your Tutor will then inform you of the follow-up action taken by the College, and of its outcome. Additionally, a Report on Academic Reviews is discussed in Education Committee (where undergraduates are represented through the ex-officio membership of the SSCSU/JCR President and Academic Welfare Officer), so that any policy implications can be taken forward to Council for action.

Your feedback helps College ensure good teaching and direction of studies: the College Council and its Education Committee appreciate deeply your engaged participation in the Questionnaire and Review.