UKAT recognises that there is a growing call for evidence to substantiate the impact of tutoring and academic advising in the UK Higher Education sector. There is a substantial gap in the literature on tutoring and advising across the UK sector and this must be addressed if we are to acknowledge the ongoing importance of tutoring to teaching, learning and student-centred pedagogies. We are particularly keen to promote research with outcomes that transfer into and improve the everyday practice of personal tutors and academic advisors.

UKAT is working closely with the NACADA Research Center for Academic Advising in the US, facilitating trans-national research collaboration, and linking UK researchers to other researchers from around the globe.

What do we do?

UKAT is able to offer advice and guidance to support its members in setting up and conducting research. We currently offer several resources to support those interested in research.

We produce a quarterly Research Newsletter which provides information on UKAT’s research support activities, the research news and a round-up of recent publications. Be sure to check out the latest edition.  

Over the last two years, the Research Committee has developed an intensive 14-month Research Mentoring Programme which helps participants take research projects from an initial idea, through detailed planning, implementation and dissemination. The programme is supported by residential retreats, writing workshops, peer mentoring, webinars, symposia and face-to-face meetings.

How can I get involved?

Whether you would like to engage with the emerging scholarship of advising and tutoring, explore the evidence-base and existing literature on advising and tutoring or have a research idea that you would like to discuss, we are on hand to provide advice, guidance and support. Please contact us for more information.