Personal Academic Tutoring
The University is very committed to providing the best possible support we can to all of our students ... every student matters. Our proactive Personal Academic Tutor scheme aims to ensure that students have regular opportunities to meet with an assigned member of academic staff, ie Personal Academic Tutor, in order to discuss and enhance their personal, academic and professional development throughout their time at University.
Developing effective learning environments and approaches to student support and guidance (A4 UKPSF) are integral to an academic role; therefore, all academic staff are expected to fulfil Personal Academic Tutoring responsibilities, which are reflected in the academic workload model.
- Personal Academic Tutoring - Quick Guide for Staff 2017/18 (Word format).
- Personal Academic Tutoring - Quick Guide for Staff 2017/18 (pdf format).
- Important changes to how you access timetable information - 14 December 2017.
Personal Academic Tutoring via PebblePad
To help your undergraduate students get the most out of PAT, we are trialling an online PAT workbook via PebblePad for students to record their meetings and progress, and for tutors to record comments and mark off that meetings have taken place. You may wish to use it with your tutees, or a tutee may decide to use it and ask you about it.
- Being a Personal Academic Tutor.
- Student success and welfare.
- Tutor support from Academic Skills advice service.
- Disability information for staff.
- Counselling Service self-help.
- Guide to the Management of Placements and Study Abroad.
- Mental Health Conditions Toolkit - resource from University of the Highlands and Islands
Staff should also familiarise themselves with the services and support available for students - see "More information" below.
Other development opportunities:
Most students, no matter their age, find that at some point during their time at University they need some assistance, guidance or reassurance. Your Personal Academic Tutor is your first port of call for such support.
- Personal Academic Tutoring - Quick Guide for Students 2017/18 (ppt format).
- Personal Academic Tutoring - Quick Guide for Students 2017/18 (pdf format).
What do students value about personal academic tutoring?
These are just a few of the comments from student focus groups:
- My tutor has been crucial to the positive changes in my academic life.
- University can be very stressful so by naming someone that can help you accordingly and also personally to have someone in the university fighting your corner makes it easier.
- Knowing/understanding my progression, motivate and push me to achieve potential ... the strength of knowing the PAT is there to support me.
- Developing a relationship can lead to a strong academic and character reference. PATs can give neutral and experienced advice.
Getting the most out of personal academic tutoring
To help you get the most from personal academic tutoring, we have created an interactive workbook in PebblePad. This is a personal learning space which is free to you for life.
Staff and students may also find the information provided by the following links helpful:
- Graduate Attributes and Employability.
- NUS Charter on Personal Tutors.
- HEAR - Higher Education Achievement Record.
- New Students.
- Personal Development Planning.
- Student Services and Support - full list of services including:c
This illustrated song produced by ASKe shows that by students and tutors working together we can develop and enhance learning. ASKe lyrics - We can get better (Word) | ASKe lyrics - We can get better (pdf).