Who Are UKAT?

UKAT, the United Kingdom Advising and Tutoring association, is the sectoral voice and leading association for personal tutors and academic advisors. UKAT is a collection of multidisciplinary academic and support professionals dedicated to transforming tutorial and advisory practices so that every higher education student can experience inclusiveness, well-being and personal growth. We recognise that effective tutoring and advising is fundamental to the personalisation of learning, increasing employability, enhancing student outcomes and all aspects of student success. Our vision is for a higher education experience in which tutoring and advising are core to student success and personalise learning to empower all students to flourish. We support the development of staff and students throughout the learning journey by sharing resources, practising scholarly inquiry, promoting partnership, fostering community, and espousing excellence in personal tutoring and academic advising practice.

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UKAT membership is open to all higher education institutions from around the world. The membership benefits from strong partnerships with colleagues from the USA, Australia, Belgium, Ireland, Netherlands, and Sweden and from partner organisations including NACADA, LVSA and OneHE. Inclusivity is at the heart of what we do: it's central to our mission as professionals in higher education, working not only with students but also with each other as a professional body.  We warmly welcome new members wherever they practise and encourage contributions across all our activities so that we can help spread the work we do and enhance the development, recognition and value of personal tutoring and academic advising.


What We Do

UKAT promotes student success by advancing the scholarship and practice of personal tutoring and academic advising in the UK and beyond. We provide opportunities for professional development, research support, networking, and leadership for our diverse membership.


Through our research mentoring programme, we are championing efforts to grow research capacity and build the evidence base which demonstrates the impact that advising/tutoring have on student success. This programme enables members, regardless of their job role or research experience, to receive help and support in taking a research idea from inception, through the design and implementation of robust study to publication of the outcomes. This is complemented by a range of publications such as a special edition of Frontiers in Education focused on advising and tutoring in higher education.

We will continue to build on our research mentoring programme, and enhance it by offering webinars, collaborative research events and small-scale research grants for members.


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Professional Development

Our professional development offerings currently include

  • 2-day annual conference
  • Free monthly webinars, and archive recordings of previous webinars, delivered by sector experts on a wide range of tutoring and advising topics from the strategic, institutional and individual practice perspectives
  • International travel bursaries and study trips
  • Special Interest Groups (Strategy & Policy, Coaching, Professional Service Advisors, HE in FE)

Our activities are underpinned by the UKAT Professional Framework for Advising and Tutoring, a professional competency framework which defines the competencies that tutors/advisors and tutoring/advising leaders should possess. This framework is mapped to, and extends, the UKPSF and National Occupational Standards for Personal Tutoring. We are currently piloting a professional recognition and accreditation scheme based on this framework which will soon be available across the sector and will recognise excellence in advising practice and leadership. Member institutions will be eligible to run their own accreditation recognition programmes.

We offer a range of online publications focusing on individual practice and institutional approaches to the organisation and enhancement of tutoring/advising to support student success. A range of online professional learning modules will soon be available, covering topics including

  • Foundations of advising and tutoring
  • Advising theory
  • Interpersonal relationships in advising and tutoring
  • Legal and ethical issues in advising and tutoring
  • Technology and data in advising
  • Supporting student success
  • Inclusive advising practices
  • Quality enhancement of advising and tutoring

Benefits of Institutional Membership

Being a member of UKAT enables your institution to benefit from a wide variety of networking opportunities, and to collaborate and share practices that support student success with expert tutors and advisors across the sector.

The standard benefits of institutional membership are

  • 1 institutional contact/lead member, with voting rights in the UKAT AGM
  • 1 institutional representative on the UKAT Advisory Board which influences UKAT strategy and the benefits that it provides to members
  • 9 additional named members who receive all UKAT communications and access to all UKAT events and activities
  • Free delegate place at the UKAT Annual Conference for one named member
  • 15% discount on the standard delegate fee for the UKAT Annual Conference for any member of institutional staff
  • Bimonthly newsletters
  • Professional recognition for institutional staff acting as academic advisors and personal tutors
  • Discounted applications for professional recognition against the UKAT Professional Framework for all members of the institution
  • Access to discounted consultancy and onsite training delivered by recognised UKAT trainers and NACADA consultants

Through our association with Retinent, we are also able to offer member institutions a 25% discount on the cost of delivering all Retinent Resilience+ (https://www.retinent.org/resilence-plus).

Standard institutional membership with the benefits outlined above is available at the all-inclusive price of £795 per annum

For those institutions requiring more than the standard 10 named members, additional named members can be added to your subscription, starting from £80 per annum for an additional 10 named members.

Terms and Conditions of Institutional Membership

Looking for Personal Membership information? Check out our Personal Membership page for more details about individual membership of UKAT.

Spread the word about UKAT Institutional Membership

We have produced a free informational flyer which you can download and print to give to colleagues and managers to spread the word about UKAT institutional membership.

Current Institutional Members

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Sheffield Hallam University logo
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Manchester Metropolitan University logo
University of Derby logo
University of Southampton logo
University of Sussex logo
Teesside University logo
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University of Leeds logo
Middlesex University logo
Edinburgh Napier University
University of Salford logo
University of Birmingham
University of Sunderland logo
Cardiff University logo
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