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I'm wanting to find out whats the difference between mentor, tutor and professor in a University context in the UK?

Also would mentor be a one-to-one ratio with a student or could it be one-to-many. Tutor I suppose would be a one-to-many ratio.

Any help greatly appreciated.

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At Oxford and Cambridge, tutors teach students in small groups, sometimes individually. The system isn't quite the same elsewhere. Professors are heads of academic departments. Mentors are not formally appointed in British universities, as far as I know, but in other organizations they are people who look after those who have newly joined an organization or who are having difficulties within it.

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The first sentence is only half correct. At Oxford, tutors teach students in small groups. At Cambridge, supervisors teach students in small groups and tutors are pastoral / non-academic advisors and people to whom the students can turn for help. –  Peter Taylor Oct 15 '11 at 21:43
    
Forgive an Oxonian's ignorance of what goes on in the fens of East Anglia. –  Barrie England Oct 16 '11 at 6:06

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