Founded in 2015, the United Kingdom Advising and Tutoring association (UKAT), is a higher education membership association for professional practitioners and researchers interested in all aspects of student advising and personal tutoring in Higher Education in the UK. UKAT is a charitable trust which promotes student success by advancing the field of student advising and tutoring, and works with key stakeholders including members, higher education institutions, students and parents to enhance academic advising and personal tutoring practice.
We believe strongly that effective advising and personal tutoring is essential for student success, and aim to bring together those engaged in this vital area of student support. A key aspect of our activity is the sharing and dissemination of good practice, through conferences, webinars, professional development activities, professional recognition, research, resources, articles and networking. At a time when wider access and higher fees are making academic student support more necessary than ever, and when many HE and FE institutions are reassessing their advising and tutoring provision, UKAT offers opportunities for professional development, networking and leadership training for our diverse membership, whether academics, administrators, professional advisers, counsellors or others, who are committed to enhancing their students’ educational development through high-quality advising and tutoring. Members are drawn from all regions of the UK and beyond, and belong to institutions from across the spectrum of HE and FE; they bring to the association a wide range of experience and different perspectives.
As a young association, UKAT is very much a ‘work in progress’, and we welcome and value our members’ input and their views as to our future development. A relatively new area of our work is the research agenda; we aim to address the paucity of high-quality research into the theory and practice of academic advising and personal tutoring, and invite members to contribute to this exciting aspect of our mission.
For too long, personal tutoring and academic advising have not been given the attention they deserve in UK institutions. UKAT aims to redress this situation, offering professional development and training in this vital area, providing a forum for the exchange of ideas and working to ensure that tutoring and advising achieves the recognition and value it deserves for the way in which it supports student success and supports key policy objectives. We invite all those who share our vision to join us and contribute to it.