Coaching approaches for remote tutoring: helping students feel in control and connected -  Thursday 25 June 2020, 14:00

Melanie Pope & Julie de Witt, University of Derby

This webinar will explore coaching tools for supporting students in personal tutorials.  In the remote working environment students may feel a loss of control over their learning process and agency towards their personal academic and life goals.  While guidance and advice can be important to help students to feel supported, coaching can give them a sense of taking control of their own situation and making their own decisions, especially within a situation that is not of their choice or making. Coaching in personal tutoring can also foster a strong sense of connection to the university at a time where students may be feeling very distant, because the approach is focused on the needs and desires of the individual but facilitated by tutors they know. In this webinar we will introduce the principles of coaching as opposed to advising or mentoring, explore techniques for active listening from a coaching perspective, and apply the TGROW coaching model to the personal tutorial context. This webinar is most relevant to personal tutors and advisors who have no prior experience of coaching.

Personal tutoring systems and activity -  Thursday 11 June 2020, 14:00

Stephen Powell & Alicia Prowse, Manchester Metropolitan University

In this webinar, the speakers will explore the findings of a HEFCE funded project focussing on the contribution of personal tutoring to reducing the awarding gap for different groups of students.  The newly developed Manchester Metropolitan University Personal Tutoring Framework will be explained, with a particular focus on the distinction between designing and evaluating a personal tutoring system from the activity of personal tutoring itself.

The NSF Aspire Alliance Inclusive Faculty Framework: A skills-based approach to improving personal tutoring, teaching, and research mentoring -  Thursday 28 May 2020, 14:00

Sean Bridgen, Don Gillian-Daniel,  April Dukes,  David Grey

The NSF Aspire Alliance aims to promote underrepresented minority student academic achievement, and effect change by aligning and reinforcing both professional development and hiring practices of diverse and inclusive STEM faculty. NACADA is a key Alliance partner; together they aim to enhance opportunities for faculty development about three key areas: advising, research mentoring, and inclusive teaching. The Aspire Alliance has developed an Inclusive Faculty Framework, which is grounded in research and theory, and engages faculty in the development of foundational skills that promote increased student academic success.
In this session participants will:
(a) learn about the Aspire Inclusive Faculty Framework and Aspire resources
(b) provide input about the viability of the framework in UK institutions, with a focus on the translatability of advising to personal tutoring, and
(c) discuss ways that NACADA and UKAT can build upon Aspire work to benefit personal tutors and faculty in the UK.

Advising in Turbulent Times -  Tuesday 5 May 2020, 11:00

Dr Karen Sullivan-Vance, University of Tennessee, Knoxville

As we live in tumultuous times around the world, how can personal tutors/academic advisers aide students in continuing their education when many fear global issues which impact their lives? Universities should serve as places of reason, and critical reflection; this webinar will discuss how personal tutors/academic advisers can provide academic, social and emotional support to students facing the challenges our countries are facing, As negative rhetoric, political turmoil and hatred are impacting student welfare, personal tutors/academic advisers are in a unique position to support students in positive ways. Important attention will be made to highlight legal issues associated with these challenge and emphasize how personal tutors/academic advisers can provide this support while remaining politically neutral, so as to not alienate those who seek their support.

This webinar was originally presented as part of the UKAT co-sponsored NACADA Global Advising Week 2020

Helping Students Cope with Remote -  Thursday 23 April 2020, 14:00

Dr Fran Longstaff, Fika

Covid19 has presented many practical and emotional challenges for both university students and staff. Academics at our recent Covid19 roundtable discussed how many students are struggling with practical changes to their assessments, and experiencing lots of stress and anger about the future and what might happen next - never has the wellbeing of the student population been more at risk. To compound these difficulties university staff are also unable to offer pastoral support using their typical modes of communication and are having to adapt quickly. 

Fika is a Mental Fitness app for students. Over the past month Fika has mobilised rapidly to offer students access to 'cope with remote' resources to help them better manage with the various practical and emotional challenges that come with the Covid19 outbreak. During this webinar Dr Fran Longstaff, Head of Psychology at Fika, will share some of the psychological content that she's created for students and discuss how personal tutors may also make use of this resource. Additionally, Fran will turn her attention to the future and discuss Fika's on-going collaborative research on personal tutoring, and their plans for in-app developments that support personal tutors.

Tutoring Online -  Thursday 9 April 2020, 14:00

Tamsin Wisher, Anne Campbell and Cath Brown, The Open University

The Open University (OU) has been supporting students at a distance for 50 years. In the last ten of those years we have moved to working online and that brings both benefits and challenges for Tutors. This session will explore the OU model of tutoring and offer ideas and guidance based on our collective experience to those who find themselves in the position of tutoring online in the current climate. We aim to generate group discussion around tutoring online, identifying good practice across our institutions and sharing tips about what works and what doesn’t across our different contexts.

Supporting International Students through Personal Tutorials -  Thursday 12 December 2019, 14:00

Louisa Hill and Nicola Smith, University of Leeds

In this webinar, the speakers will discuss the importance of supporting international students through personal tutoring and give an insight into the types of support commonly sought by international student cohorts. They will also provide some case studies and examples of how personal tutoring can be tailored to support students from a wide range of backgrounds.

Understanding resilience within student populations -  Thursday 17 October 2019, 14:00

Hugh Mannerings, Retinent

The role of the personal tutor is complex, it oscillates between guidance on academic issues to offering life advice on settling into university, dealing with change, celebrating success and developing positive relationships with individual students and their peers.  It is also a role where staff have to expect the unexpected, an interaction with a student can reveal any number of different factors that are impacting one their studies.  Supporting students to be more successful requires getting to know them beyond just their name, age and personal characteristics, it requires a deeper knowledge of what motivates them, how they handle challenge, react to change and feedback.  There is significant sector data that points towards specific groups that are least likely to gain a first class degree, or least likely to attend university and with the growth of commuter students the student body is interesting, exciting and diverse.  The challenge of student retention becomes difficult if tutors are less equipped with the skills, knowledge and data to be as effective as they can be.  Universities collect a lot of data about students as they arrive but often this data is buried deep and is inaccessible to most.  Good learning analytics systems enable tutors to see patterns of engagement and outcomes which help in conversations about students.  But these patterns take time to develop, we know that the first 7 weeks of university are the most important determinant in deciding whether a student will stay.  Completing a short online questionnaire either as part of the online enrolment process or during the welcome week will provide some useful information to individuals students and their tutors or mentors to help them understand how to be successful.

Proposing a FUN PIC N’ MIX Approach to Staff Teaching Enhancement Programmes (STEP) for Personal Tutors -  Thursday 19 September 2019, 14:00

Dr Brian Williamson, University of Bolton

One of the challenges of personal tutoring is that tutors may feel unready and lacking in specialist skills when asked to maximise the value of the small amount of contact time they have with their tutees. This webinar discusses a STEP curriculum for personal tutoring and whether this should be narrow and deep, or broad, balanced and shallow, tailored to their academic literacy, like a FUN PIC N’ MIX where tutors can experiment with a few specialist interventions of their choosing. It introduces several easily understood models that can benefit students and focuses particularly on three tricks of the trade: the one-minute rulesymmetriesand appropriate sign posting.

Developing the Self-Belief and Aspirations of Students in HE -  Thursday 25 July 2019, 14:00

Gavin Jinks

Aims of the webinar:

  • Values and Philosophy
  • Factors which appear to enhance the development of student self belief and high aspirations
  • Questions and Discussion


Using Analytics -  Thursday 20 June 2019, 14:00

Samantha Ahern

The aims of the webinar are to:

  • Introduce the key concepts behind learning analytics
  • Outline the current research trends in learning analytics
  • Explain why you would want to align learning analytics and student wellbeing
  • Provide an overview of the UKAT mentored research project: What synergies or conflicts exist between current Higher Education Institution Learning Analytics and student wellbeing polices?

Institutional infrastructure -  Thursday 16 May 2019, 14:00

Emily McIntosh

This webinar explores the vision required to imagine and build an organic and sustainable advising and tutoring infrastructure and culture within modern-day HE institutions.  Advising and tutoring systems have been neglected within HE institutions  for some time, yet they remain a fundamental part of providing holistic support, advice and guidance for our learners and are a key part of promoting student success as well as improving outcomes.  The chief challenge appears to be systemic/infrastructural – making tutoring work in institutions with diverse missions, values and differing priorities and with different perspectives and perceptions about what really works.  Yet, there are many evidence-based positive things that can be done to build sustainable, agile, flexible and successful tutoring systems within HE settings. 

This webinar explores the mission and values required to imagine a workable and sustainable advising and tutoring infrastructure within modern-day HE institutions and considers the tools required to do so.  It emphasises the importance of ensuring that advising and tutoring is at the forefront of strategies to improve support and outcomes for students at all levels of HE study.  It draws upon the rationale for having strategic sponsorship, reward, recognition and visibility of tutoring at every level of the organisation.  Reviewing the tools and resources required to do this, the session considers the development of tutoring principles, developing workable and sustainable tutoring models, the challenge of providing adequate training and development opportunities for tutors and also considers the resource and funding implication for making this happen.  The session is underpinned by recent research and draws upon a case study which considers how one UK HE institution is currently re-imagining its tutorial system based on the considerations outlined above.  The webinar will be relevant to any colleague supporting advising and tutoring within their organisation since the session touches upon what everybody can do to make tutoring work by taking a “whole of institution” approach. 

Using Solution-focused Coaching with Students -  Thursday 25 April 2019, 14:00

Dave Lochtie, Ben Walker and Jackie Leigh

This webinar aims to help attendees:

  • understand solution- focused coaching and the solution- focused approach;
  • consider the key characteristics of using a solution- focused approach in the personal tutoring role;
  • explore how solution talk and problem talk questions can impact student success;
  • examine and demonstrate the use of frameworks (such as GROW, OSKAR and BATHE) for coaching conversations in tutoring interactions with students
  • contemplate the role of success coaching in US Higher Education and it's potential relevance to the UK

“How can I be an effective personal tutor and what is out there to help me do this?” A qualitative study into staff perceptions of their personal tutor role and the influence of key resources -  Thursday 21 March 2019, 14:00

Ben Walker, Alison Raby

The webinar aims to help attendees:

  • assess the value of tailored personal tutoring resources (both student-facing and for staff development in the role) produced as part of a national research project;
  • understand the background, rationale, key issues, and methodology behind our Lincoln-based research on personal tutoring;
  • identify and discuss the findings and evaluation of this research;
  • consider the implications of this research on personal tutoring both in terms of tutoring/advising practice and areas for potential future work. 

It will include ‘thinking points’ for participants at various points along with time for questions at the end. 

Knowing you: Learning Analytics, the Johari Window and Personal Tutoring -  Thursday 21 February 2019, 14:00

Ricky Lowes, David Grey

This webinar will explore the issue of tutor – tutee relationships, focusing on how we can know more about our tutees in order to support them effectively. The current growth in the use of simple data and learning analytics to facilitate the work of personal tutors has the potential to facilitate communication and sharing of information, and thus enhance the quality of communication between personal tutors and their tutees to improve student engagement and support the tutee. However, tutors may need advice and guidance in how to make effective use of data from analytics systems. I contend that this information requires the lens of a humanistic framework in order to be transformed into the knowledge and insight that can support the tutor-tutee relationship. The Johari Window is presented as an example of a useful heuristic to support tutors in doing this. There will be opportunity for discussion around the use of learning analytics in personal tutoring, and other ideas for maximising value of the small amount of contact time tutors have with their tutees, in order to forge productive relationships.  Participants who are interested may choose to be involved in a follow up piece of research.

The UKAT Research Committee Webinar -  Thursday 17 January 2019, 14:00

Emily McIntosh, David Grey, Ben Walker, Samantha Ahern, Wendy Troxel

The first UKAT Research Webinar will take place on Thursday 17th January 2019 from 2-3:30pm GMT.  We would like as many UKAT members and their colleagues to join us as we discuss how to ensure that tutoring and advising practice is evidence-informed.  Whether you have engaged in the scholarship of advising and tutoring before or are a complete newcomer and want to find out about what’s been published in the tutoring space and the projects we are supporting, please do sign up.  You will have the opportunity to hear from participants in the UKAT research mentoring programme, about the work NACADA (The Global Community for Academic Advising) and to discuss the “gaps” in the literature and what we can do to address them.

Tutoring and Mental Health -  Monday 20 November 2017, 12:00

This webinar explores current issues around student mental health, wellbeing and resilience, and the role that personal tutoring has to play. Consideration will be given to the role of tutors in working with students to cultivate grit and resilience, develop growth mindsets and normalise the challenges of university study. Also considered is the way in which tyutors can work with other other services to best support students with mental health needs. 

Transition, Tutoring and Technology -  Tuesday 18 July 2017, 12:30

It is widely recognised that the transition to university study is difficult for many students. Personal tutors have a crucial role to play in supporting students through this transition and helping them to succeed in the higher education environment. This webinar explores fundamental issues around transition, tutoring practices for supportive interventions, and the role that technology can play in both supporting students and identifying those students in need of support.