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

  • NACADA Virtual Annual Conference

    Monday 5 October 2020 - Thursday 8 October 2020

    The NACADA Annual Conference is an amazing event with over 3500 delegates but it is hard for most UKAT members to engage with as it takes place in the US. This year it has gotten a whole lot easier to attend as it is being delivered online as a virtual conference. Join NACADA’s 2020 Virtual Annual Conference on October 5-8, 2020 for various virtual engagement opportunities! The virtual conference will be a great way to take advantage of valuable professional development opportunities as well as to connect through member engagement. NACADA’s 2020 Virtual Annual Conference will offer keynote sessions, live and semi-live content, networking opportunities, posters, a virtual exhibit hall, and more! If you've never attended NACADA's Annual Conference before, we encourage you to attend this virtual version. Registration costs $215, plus $75 NACADA membership fee.

  • Avoid photocopying the past: re-designing HEIs to reduce inequitable outcomes for BAME students - Part 2

    Tuesday 6 October 2020, 09:30, 12:30

    This online webinar is a follow-on from their 15th July 2020 event, and is being hosted by Access, Participation and Success at The Open University. Professor Tim Blackman - Vice-Chancellor at the Open University opens the event giving his reflections on how the Open University is working to address and reduce inequitable outcomes for BAME students. There will be presentations (with Q&A) from the universities of Derby, Hertfordshire and Oxford Brookes together with the Open university, sharing experience of their work to date with interactive sessions to share views, experiences, ideas, challenges and hopefully solutions. You can watch presentations from the original webinar held on 15th July here

  • Delivering transformational teaching and research in a new world

    Wednesday 21 October 2020

    This virtual forum brings together experts and university leaders to examine the evolving role of digital technologies in the transformation and preservation of higher education around the world. Join it to evaluate the lessons learnt and share your visions of the priorities for universities in the coming decades. Questions include: • Has the impact of Covid-19 accelerated existing trends or catalysed new strategic innovations entirely? • Has online learning created a more level playing field or do we risk creating new inequalities? • What are the essential skills academics need in order to deliver high-quality online courses – or do we risk being replaced by robots? • Do we understand how to use the right data to improve student engagement and success? • How is digital technology empowering researchers to adapt their techniques and models of collaboration, and to improve impact?

  • Equality, Diversity and Inclusion within Advising & Tutoring – Research and Practice

    Thursday 22 October 2020, 14:00

    Emily McIntosh (Middlesex University); Wendy Troxel (NACADA Research Center, Kansas State University)

    This webinar will consider equality, diversity and inclusion within advising and tutoring, and the implications for future research and practice.  The session will be in three parts: (1) firstly, we will provide a brief overview of a content analysis project, led by the NACADA Research Center at Kansas State University, which considers the thematic profile of advising research, tying in this narrative with the overall student success landscape and reflecting on why EDI should become a dominant theme in future advising research and discourse;  (2) Secondly, as part of the content analysis research project, work has been completed to analyse EDI themes within the advising literature, the outcomes of which will be shared in this session and (3) Thirdly, we will reflect on work which needs to take place to improve EDI within advising and tutoring, reflecting on areas of research and practice which require further enquiry.  There will be time for questions and discussions following the presentation.

  • Universities UK Student Retention Conference

    Wednesday 4 November 2020 - Thursday 5 November 2020

    This online conference is dedicated to bringing together experts and policymakers to help guide the sector in finding practical solutions to immediate problems, as well as scan the horizon for challenges ahead. Aimed at assessing and evaluating student retention interventions this conference includes using data and analytics to devise appropriate interventions that can drive culture change; case studies of how universities are being proactive in ensuring that their most disadvantaged students don’t drop out; a spotlight on race: accessing and creating a first-rate blended experience; building engagement and a sense of belonging.

  • Universities UK Covid-19 and mental health in higher education conference

    Wednesday 18 November 2020 - Thursday 19 November 2020

    Delegates to this online event will hear from sector-leading experts and practitioners about support for those experiencing mental illness or mental health difficulties, promote good mental wellbeing for students and staff, and embed a whole university approach to mental health during Covid-19. Sessions include: • Covid-19 has challenged us, so where are we now? - with Professor Steve West, Vice-Chancellor, President and Chief Executive Officer, University of the West of England. • A whole university approach to mental health: improved information sharing - with Professor Julia Buckingham, Vice-Chancellor of Brunel University London and President, Universities UK. • Using data and analytics to personalise mental health support - with Professor Peter Francis, Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Northumbria University, Alan Davies, Innovative Programmes and Partnerships Director, Health Education England and Mara Richard, VP, International, • Delivering blended and digital support services • Addressing the hardships of vulnerable international students • Staff mental health and Civitas learning.

  • 10th Access to Higher Education and Student Success Summit

    Thursday 26 November 2020

    The annual Access to Higher Education and Student Success Summit 2020, delivered in partnership between Action on Access and Universities UK will give delegates up-to-date briefings on the current issues, policy and regulation, together with opportunities to develop practice solutions to access and participation issues through discussion with experts and colleagues. See the programme here. This year’s summit will be held online over the course of two days. Alongside eight hours of informative, current content from the most pertinent speakers on the topic, it will also provide a wide range of opportunities to network, discuss, and make connections with colleagues within the sector. Delegates will also be able to access the recordings of all sessions after the event, including breakout sessions which you were unable to attend.

  • UKAT Annual Conference

    Tuesday 30 March 2021, 16:30
    Swansea University, Swansea, Wales

    This conference focuses on developing students as independent self-regulating learners. It will explore 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. Additionally, it will look at how personal tutoring can combine with peer learning, academic study skills development, and mentoring and coaching to 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

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