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

  • Diagnostic Testing and a Personalised Approach to Student Success

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

    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.

    https://www.enhancementthemes.ac.uk/resilient-learning-communities/collaborative-clusters/personalised-approaches-to-resilience-and-community

    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
    Online

    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