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Personal Academic Tutoring

For staff

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 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.

Core development:

Staff should also familiarise themselves with the services and support available for students - see "More information" below.

Other development opportunities:

For students

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.

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.

When things don't go to plan

If you find that the Personal Academic Tutoring process is not working as effectively as it should be, please speak to your programme leader, or ask your course rep to raise this at a staff student liaison meeting. 

More information

Staff and students may also find the information provided by the following links helpful:

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).

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.