Call for Proposals

Transition, Persistence and Resilience: Academic Advising for Success

11 - 12 April 2019, University of Plymouth, United Kingdom

UKAT are excited to offer a 4th annual conference that will provide an opportunity to explore new research, innovative practice and contemporary discussion on student support through advising and tutoring. We recognise that for many students the barriers to success (difficulty in transitioning; lack of confidence; time and resource poverty) can outweigh the wealth of opportunities and advantages afforded by the university experience. Students’ development of persistence and resilience can be enhanced by a support network of peers, professional support staff, personal tutors and academic advisors and this conference will bring together members of these groups to share good practice, skills and knowledge.

The conference themes will focus specifically on how student support systems impact on the student experience. Abstracts relating to these areas are welcomed to cultivate student centred discussions within academic advising and tutoring, and should be themed under one of the following;

  • Transitioning students: support/activities and evaluation.
  • Developing persistence
  • Building student resilience
  • Academic advising for success

Submit a Proposal

The closing date for submissions is Friday, 30 November 2019


Why should I present at the UKAT conference?

Presenting a session or poster at our conference is a good way to showcase your ideas and achievements, get feedback on your work, develop your professional confidence, build your networks and start new discussions. Summarising your project, practice, or research as a poster is a great way to engage with friendly and appreciative colleagues in the field to explain your accomplishments and receive feedback that helps you take your work further.

Who can submit a proposal?

UKAT welcomes proposals from individuals and organisations and across the higher education sector, including UKAT members, colleagues at further and higher education institutions, and both not-for-profit and corporate organisations. Proposals are particularly welcomed from inexperienced, as well as experienced, presenters, researchers, and practitioners. UKAT provides mentoring and support to first-time presenters to help you prepare and deliver your session.

If your proposal is accepted, you must register as a conference delegate.

Can I get help with my proposal idea?

If you have an idea for a proposal, but you’re not sure whether it will be suitable, please get in touch! Email the UKAT conference team at for help and advice.

How do I submit a proposal?

Our guidelines for submitting proposals provide full details on the submission process. Proposals are submitted through an online system, and submitting your proposal simply requires you to complete the online submission form. Your proposal should indicate what your session or poster will be about and identify clear objectives and outcomes.

How does UKAT decide which proposals to accept?

The reviewers will carefully consider all session proposals, and choose the successful proposals by asking the following questions:

  • Does the session have clearly identified objectives and outcomes?
  • Is the session idea engaging, informative, inspiring?
  • Is the topic relevant to those who advise students?
  • Does the proposal engage with the conference themes?

You should ensure that your proposal answers these questions satisfactorily.

If I present a session, can I claim for my expenses?

Unfortunately, UKAT can’t contribute to your expenses for this conference.

If I present a session, do I have to pay the delegate fee?

Yes, all presenters are required to register as full delegates for the conference and to pay the conference delegate fee. 

What is UKAT’s commercial policy?

Whilst UKAT welcomes proposals from both non-profit and corporate organisations, at no time is it permissible for a session or workshop presenter to use his/her presentation to advertise or promote a commercial product, service, or company.

UKAT Membership

Becoming a UKAT member means joining professional advisors, academics, administrators and students working to enhance the educational development of students.  Different membership categories are available and members enjoy privileges such as professional development opportunities, exclusive resources and discounts.