UKAT Annual Conference 2021

Online 30 - 31 March 2021

Opportunity for All: Personal Tutoring and Inclusion in Higher Education

This online conference focuses on developing students as independent self-regulating learners. The event will have a conversational focus and will consider how personal tutoring enables the addressing of disparities in engagement, progression and degree outcomes by students from groups underrepresented in HE and/or with protected characteristics. Through discussion and practice sharing, we will identify ways in which this fundamental component of HE can make higher education more inclusive of diverse student populations and enhance outcomes for all students.

Additionally, it will look at how personal tutoring can combine with peer learning, academic study skills development, and mentoring and coaching to build confidence and resilience, and enhance student success academically and professionally.

Contributors may share good practice and research in a wide variety of session formats as described in the Call for Proposals, and we encourage all proposals to consider how they will encourage conversations between delegates during the session. 

We recognise the financial challenges affecting the higher education sector this year, so to make this conference as accessible to as many people as possible, we are offering a buy one, get one free discount on delegate registrations. When you register as a delegate* for the conference, you will be able to register an additional delegate to attend free of charge. So invite your friends and colleagues to attend with you and help shape the ways in which personal tutoring can welcome diversity, promote equality and make HE an inclusive, transformative learning experience which helps all students to flourish and achieve their goals. 

* Delegate registration will open in early 2021

Delegates at our previous conferences have said: 

The conference was filled with enthusiasm, expertise and the professionalism of speakers.
The international perspectives and level of engagement in the different sessions from a range of delegates representing institutions both nationally (UK) and internationally had a significant impact on me.
As a result of attending this conference I will be more aware of how I can work alongside academic advisors effectively for the student's experience/support (I am a mental health advisor).

Keynote Speakers

A portrait of Diane Nutt

Closing Keynote

Diane Nutt   Feelance HE Consultant

Diane is a freelance higher education consultant and Principal Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (PFHEA), with over ten years experience in staff development in higher education. Diane has worked with a variety of HE professionals (academic, support staff and managers) in Universities and colleges across the UK and Europe. She set up the European First Year Experience Network, and chairs the European First Year Experience Annual Conference Organising Committee. Diane is also on the International Advisory Board for the National Resource Center for the First Year Experience and Students in Transition based at the University of South Carolina, USA.