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At MLA College, we believe that a strong bond between student and tutor is the key to success.  Our Student Experience Officers have been appointed to assist both the student and their tutor with developing and maintaining this important relationship.

Your MLA College Student Experience Officers, Estelle Widger and Laura Allen, are the first point of contact for enrolled students who are in need of pastoral support, including requests under the Extenuating Circumstances policy for matters related to their academic studies.  Estelle and Laura are also responsible for monitoring student engagement and academic progression and will contact students directly to offer assistance should they feel that intervention is needed.

Support Services for students are offered through MLA College and also through our partner, the University of Plymouth.  A short overview of these services, and links for further information, is provided below.

From the moment you enrol as an MLA College student, your Student Experience Officers will be there to provide any assistance you may need.

Contact your Student Experience Officers


t: +44 (0) 203 997 7555

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Estelle Widger


Laura Allen

Student Representative


MLA College is keen to collaborate with its entire student body when it comes to delivering educational excellence, which is why we have an appointed Student Representative.

Emily Reeves, currently studying BSc (Hons) Sustainable Maritime Operations, provides the vital link between students and various MLA Committees.

Emily is the hub of our student community, bringing feedback and support, and is working hard with Estelle and Laura to remove barriers so that students can engage and support one another around the world and throughout their MLA studies. Laura went on to say that “We are thrilled to be working collaboratively with Emily and are inspired by her enthusiasm to improve the student experience here at MLA College”.

We are continuously encouraging our students to express interest in becoming a Student Rep. If you are a current student and would like further details on the role, please contact our Student Experience Team.

Additional support services


Although MLA College students will not be able to access the one-on-one services offered by the University, there are a wide range of online resources and self-help books and leaflets available for partner students such as SHINE (Self Help Inspiring E-resources).  Find out more about the wellbeing services that are available through the University of Plymouth.


We like to ensure we have everything in place for you before you get started on your first module, and are happy to discuss your needs via email, phone or virtual meetings platforms.  The Student Experience Officers are the first point of contact for students who require additional support whilst studying.

Contact your Student Experience Officers as soon as you have enrolled to discuss any additional requirements you may have.


Alongside the guidance you receive from your personal tutor, the University of Plymouth have put together an online collection of guides and resources to assist partner students with their studies.  Cite them right – an online referencing guide and LinkedIn Learning (formerly are amongst the services offered to MLA College students and can be accessed through the University’s website.


As well as the in-house MLA College Technical team, the University of Plymouth IT Services is available to assist students with Primo and Pearl queries.  You can contact them via email, and have also produced self-help and PDF guides that you may find useful.

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