Your Director of Studies (DoS) is responsible for supporting your learning - arranging supervisions, monitoring your progress, and more.

Your Director of Studies' commitment to you:

  • providing introductory material before you arrive
  • explain the teaching system and help you find the best way to learn
  • meeting you at the beginning and end of each Term to advise on a programme of work
  • monitoring your progress through supervision reports
  • recommending University lectures, classes and practicals
  • Identifying University, College and Departmental Libraries and IT resources
  • arranging supervisions for College teaching
  • liaising with you and your tutor if you appear to be struggling
  • noting and, where appropriate, acting on feedback from students on supervisors
  • checking examination entries and informing you of the results
  • advising on postgraduate courses
  • writing references

Your commitment to your Director Studies:

Your own commitments for a successful relationship with your Director of Studies include:

  • attending regular and one-off meetings, including those held at the beginning and end of term
  • dealing promptly with correspondence and requests from your DoS, Sidney and University departments
  • attending supervisions, being properly prepared
  • giving as much notice as possible to both the supervisor, and DoS of absences
  • following their advice and guidance

A University-wide outline of the role of Directors' of Studies is maintained by the Senior Tutors' Committee.


Use the pdf in the sidebar for a list of Directors of Studies and their subjects. 

Visit our People page to look up your Director(s) of Studies' contact details.