UKAT’s free monthly webinars, Tutoring Matters, are designed to support all those engaged with personal tutoring and advising, whether that be as a practitioner, leader or in a related support role. They will also act as key professional development for those undertaking tutoring and advising roles. Facilitated by various key professionals associated with UKAT and collaborative in nature, the webinars will cover important issues for academic advising. 

If you would like to facilitate a webinar, please get in touch. We are also open to suggestions from members about topics they would like to see covered. To make a suggestion, or for any other queries regarding the webinars, please email 

You can book onto the webinars and find out further information by clicking on the webinar titles below (booking will go live approximately one month before the webinar is due to take place).

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.

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

Dr Frances Longstaff, Fika

Fika produce a mental fitness app for universities and are on a mission to mainstream Mental Fitness by bringing Emotional Education to students around the world.

In this webinar, Fika's head of psychology will discuss Fika's approach to supporting mental fitness for students and will describe some exciting support they are providing in response to the current COVID pandemic to enable students to cope with remote learning/working and the impacts of the current restrictions. Fika see their tool as something that personal tutors can use to not only support their tutees at this time, but also to support their own emotional wellbeing, and this webinar will also explore Fika's work with personal tutors.

Advising in Turbulent Times -  Thursday 7 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.

Training personal tutors to support the needs of diverse student populations -  Thursday 28 May 2020, 14:00

Sean Bridgen, University of Pittsburgh; NSF Aspire Alliance; David Grey, UKAT

The vision of the US National Science Foundation-funded Aspire Alliance is to increase the learning, persistence, and completion of students from under-represented groups in colleges and universities. Research reveals that inclusive teaching, mentoring and advising/personal tutoring leads to enhanced performance and self-efficacy which foster persistence. But whilst the importance of personal tutoring/academic advising in higher education has been recognised, personal tutoring practice has not experienced the advancement in scholarship, theory and practice that is needed. 

In this webinar, the presenters discuss the NSF Aspire Alliance Guide to Academic Advising which has been created to train personal tutors to better serve the needs of diverse student populations. Although created for a US audience, the guidance is relevant to personal tutors in the UK. UKAT are working with the NSF Aspire Alliance to contextualise this guidance to the UK setting and to make it available to all in UK HE as an interactive online training offering for personal tutors. The plans for the UK version of this guidance/online training will also be discussed in this webinar.  

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We want these webinars to be interesting and relevant to practitioners, so if you have an idea for a topic you would like to see covered in a future webinar, please use this form below to send us your suggestion. All suggestions are reviewed and consider by the webinar team.

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