Who is the 'admissions tutor'?

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    Is there an actual person whose official title is 'admissions tutor' whose job is to deal with UCAS applications or is it just one of the people who will be your lecturers / programme leaders?

    I am already at uni but I am wondering who was the person who said, yes, she's accepted onto this course.
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    I think there is an admissions tutor who is academic lecturer who basically heads the decision making process on who gains entry to the course. It should be obvious who the admissions tutor is for your course at your uni, it is for me.
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    Each university has a different system, but generally an admissions tutor (sometimes called admission officer) is a non-academic member of staff attached to a department/faculty, their job is essentially an administrator but they also comminute with prospective students and answer questions. They may also assist academic staff in choosing which applicants to accept.
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    (Original post by Snufkin)
    Each university has a different system, but generally an admissions tutor (sometimes called admission officer) is a non-academic member of staff attached to a department/faculty, their job is essentially an administrator but they also comminute with prospective students and answer questions. They may also assist academic staff in choosing which applicants to accept.
    Tutor will generally refer to an academic member of staff. It won't be their job title though but a job they do as well as their other roles. How much involvement they have varies between universities/courses. Some will be making admissions decisions on all applications, others will set admissions criteria for non academic staff to apply and make decisions on marginal/complex cases.

    Officer will be non academic staff. They will apply admissions criteria decided by academic staff. They're generally superior to admissions administrators or assistants who will be doing more routine work.
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    (Original post by PQ)
    Tutor will generally refer to an academic member of staff. It won't be their job title though but a job they do as well as their other roles. How much involvement they have varies between universities/courses. Some will be making admissions decisions on all applications, others will set admissions criteria for non academic staff to apply and make decisions on marginal/complex cases.

    Officer will be non academic staff. They will apply admissions criteria decided by academic staff. They're generally superior to admissions administrators or assistants who will be doing more routine work.
    Ah, I guess that makes sense. But when I was applying to university, most of the non-academic admissions staff I spoke to were called 'tutors' so in my head an 'admissions tutor' and 'admissions officer' are synonymous. The only academic member of staff I ever spoke to about admissions was rather rude, I got the feeling they didn't like being contacted by applicants directly.
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    (Original post by arcenciel21)
    Is there an actual person whose official title is 'admissions tutor' whose job is to deal with UCAS applications or is it just one of the people who will be your lecturers / programme leaders?

    I am already at uni but I am wondering who was the person who said, yes, she's accepted onto this course.
    Yes, there are academic staff at Cambridge and Oxford with that role (responsible for their college admissions and usually a college Fellow) and job title. They may also lecture on a course too.

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