UKAT offers conferences, webinars and other events throughout the year, both online and in various locations around the UK. These events provide professional development opportunities for personal tutors and academic advisors who are invested in helping students achieve academic success.

The UKAT Annual Conference is the major event of the year and provides an opportunity to learn in general sessions from experts in the field, gain knowledge and review best practices with colleagues in concurrent sessions, and participate in interactive workshops. The variety of learning formats also may include poster sessions, exhibitor presentations, and formal and informal networking opportunities.

Upcoming Events

  • Using Listening Rooms to evaluate Academic Advising at Sheffield Hallam University

    Thursday 21 October 2021, 14:00 - Thursday 21 October 2021, 15:30

    Dr Emma Heron, Helen J. Parkin and Melissa Jacobi, Sheffield Hallam University

    This session explores the use of the Listening Rooms methods to evaluate students’ experiences of Academic Advising at Sheffield Hallam University.

    Sheffield Hallam University is a large Higher Education Institution in the North of England with over 30,000 enrolled students over 3 Colleges.  Hallam has a been committed to supporting student attainment and experience through Academic Advising for almost a decade. Listening Rooms have been used across Hallam to understand student voice in order to bring about positive change since 2017 and in the academic year 2020-21 we applied the Listening Rooms method to the evaluation of Academic Advising across the whole University.

    The purpose of the Listening Rooms method is to provide opportunity for participants to share, reflect and explore their own experiences in a safe and private space, generating qualitative data that legitimises and exposes genuine participant voice.

    The purpose of Round Table Analysis is to analyse large qualitative data sets with intent to engender strategic change. The approach immerses contributors in the lived experience of students and empowers them to take ownership of data, using it to change behaviours and inform strategic decision making.

    During this session, we will share findings and recommendations from our methodologies.

  • Diagnostic Testing and a Personalised Approach to Student Success

    Thursday 18 November 2021, 14:00 - Thursday 18 November 2021, 15:30

    Dr Luke Millard, Abertay University

    Standard approaches to university admission see students meet the criteria for acceptance and then receive a standardised cohort experience through their induction and initial learning journey.  However, as a sector, we are well aware that students enter our universities with a diverse range of confidence, abilities and skills. Effective support and development structures that accommodate this diversity are vital this year, when most students entering University in 2021 will have had 18 months of a disrupted school or college experience. This workshop will suggest that the use of diagnostic testing within an integrated development process can provide a personalised solution for students and early indicators for curriculum teams.

    This workshop and debate builds on the exploratory work of the QAA Scotland Collaborative Cluster exploring Personalised Approaches to Resilience and Community (PARC).

    PARC project partners are Abertay, Glasgow Caledonian, UHI, Birmingham City, Middlesex and Warwick Universities.

    At the workshop you will:

    • hear about the initial rationale for development of student diagnostic testing, the models that support that approach and pilot activities that are being developed across Scottish and English Universities.
    • debate the potential impacts of a PARC approach on macro (institutional), meso (school or faculty) and micro (programme/module/student) levels.
    • help shape a community of practice in this space and guide us as we move forward with the diagnostic approach at our institutions as we seek to better understand the strengths of our students and help them develop the confidence to succeed.

  • UKAT Annual Conference 2022

    Monday 4 April 2022, 09:00 - Wednesday 6 April 2022, 16:45

    Reimagining Personal Tutoring

    In recent months we have adopted many new and innovative ways of supporting our students and their learning. Necessity has been the driver which has accelerated the pace of change, resulting in us quickly making changes that might ordinarily have happened over a longer period of time. Some of these changes will have had a positive effect, others may have been less successful at addressing the varying individual challenges that many students have faced. They may have produced anticipated benefits and revealed other unexpected benefits. Whatever we have tried in recent months, we have adopted new ways of doing academic advising and personal tutoring, and learned much from the experience which can help us reimagine how we do advising and tutoring in the future.

    Based on our collective recent experiences, this conference will explore how we might reimagine advising/tutoring so that it is more relevant to students, more effective at helping all students and institutions to achieve their intended outcomes, and more efficient in its operation. The conference will focus on five key themes:

    • Digital technology - how can our experiences of the widescale adoption of digital technology and the pivot to online learning inform the future role of technology in advising and tutoring?
    • Identity – how can advising and tutoring support student and cohort identity development?
    • Community – how can advising and tutoring support learning communities, and build the sense of belonging that is important to student success?
    • Equality, Diversity and Inclusion – what role does advising and tutoring have in enhancing equality and inclusion in higher education, and in enhancing success for all students?
    • Student-Centred Transformation – higher education is transformative, but how can advising and tutoring empower students and give them agency in the transformation that they experience through their education?

    Delegate registration will open early in 2022.

Events in italic typeface are not provided by UKAT but are 3rd party events which may be of interest to UKAT members