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Top 10 Tips for Personal Tutoring at a Distance

This double-sided A5 flyer provides 10 handy tips for effective practice in supporting students at a distance using technology during times of remote learning and social distancing. This guide is freely available to reproduce and distribute on your campus. 

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Using the VLE to support a flipped tutoring approach


All universities have a virtual learning environment (VLE). This 20 minute video from the UKAT Technology in Advising Special Interest Group demonstrates how you can use the VLE to effectively support your students during a time of remote learning, and to embody a flipped approach to personal tutoring.

The power of storytelling: Creative ideas for personal tutoring in the new normal

Purposeful personal tutoring is a proactive, intentionally structured process which focuses on student growth and development. This event, co-hosted by PebblePad and UKAT, explored the benefits of supporting and encouraging students to tell their story effectively and demonstrate how flipped approaches to personal tutoring, supported by eportfolio, can make a significant difference to both student and institutional outcomes.

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UKAT Core Values of Personal Tutoring and Academic Advising

The UKAT Core Values of Personal Tutoring and Academic Advising guide articulates what UKAT believes are the fundamental values that underpin an effective personal tutoring or academic advising process. It also identifies the core personal values that effective personal tutors and academic advisors demonstrate in supporting their students.

Download the guide and use it to inform the development of your institutions personal tutoring/academic advising provision, and the training of tutors and advisors. This guidance is designed to be read in conjunction with the UKAT Professional Framework for Advising and Tutoring.

NACADA Resources

UKAT is proudly allied with NACADA, the Global Community for Academic Advising

NACADA have a wide range of freely available resources designed to support academic advisors and academic advising practices, many of which are relevant to the UK. These include journals such as the NACADA Journal and NACADA Review, the NACADA Clearinghouse resource archive, webinars, books and much more. If you're looking for information on academic advising/personal tutoring, the NACADA website is a great place to start.

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Global Partnership Supporting Students

In this panel discussion recorded for the UKAT co-sponsored NACADA Global Advising Week 2020, NACADA Executive Director Charlie Nutt, UKAT CEO David Grey and outgoing LVSA Board Chair Oscar van den Wijngaard, discuss the importance of global partnerships for supporting students.

NSF Aspire Alliance Guide to Academic Advising for Personal Tutors in STEM Disciplines

The vision of the National Science Foundation-funded Aspire Alliance is to increase the learning, persistence, and completion of students from underrepresented groups (URG) in colleges and universities in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). Academic staff are a key leverage point in the success of URG undergraduate students. When URG students are taught by URG faculty, they achieve at significantly higher rates. Research also reveals that inclusive teaching, mentoring and advising/personal tutoring leads to enhanced performance, self-efficacy, and STEM identity, which foster persistence. In addition, while academic advising in higher education has been professionalized and its importance in student success recognized, faculty advising has not experienced the advancement in scholarship, theory and practice that is needed.

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Adventures in Advising

Colum Cronin and Matt Markin, our good friends from NACADA, run a regular podcast on all matters related to academic advising. 

Check out the Adventures in Advising podcast website for more details, and find the podcast on Apple Podcasts or Spotify.

Engaging commuter students during and after COVID-19

UKAT Fellow Prof Liz Thomas and colleagues at Edge Hill University have produced a useful guide of 12 tips for engaging with commuter students. This is particularly important at this time as more students are likely to commute when the 2020/21 academic year commences as a result of ongoing social distancing and campus access restrictions. 

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Liz and her colleagues have been producing a set of resources to support commuter students and these Commuter Student Resources are now available online, including a new resource about engaging and teaching commuter students during and beyond COVID-19.

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Tutoring Students Online Using Technology

An online space for sharing resources and guidance on online tutoring, and for colleagues to discuss issues and share examples of practice. The content of this space will be added to and enhanced over the next few weeks and collates and shares relevant resources and events that have been made publicly available within the UK and US. The space currently contains some guidance on holding remote tutorials meetings, checklists for working from home, freely available video conferencing tools, using video conferencing to support online tutoring, and links to webinars on using Microsoft Teams and Blackboard Collaborate for online tutoring.

This space is freely available for anyone to make use of and is not just limited to UKAT members. To access it, click the button below or visit Follow the instructions to sign up with your email address and your choice of password. If you already have an account for the UKAT Learning system (e.g. because you are participating in the pilot of the UKAT Professional Recognition scheme), you do NOT need to create a new account and can login with your existing username and password.

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Creating a Flipped Advising Approach

This article by the Coordinator of UKAT's Technology in Advising Special Interest Group argues that the adoption of a flipped advising approach has become critical as we react and embrace new ways to advise our students during the COVID-19 pandemic. It provides a framework for conceptualizing a flipped advising approach and the five video case studies provide concrete examples of what a flipped advising approach entails.

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Flipping Advising: An Introduction

Orientation and Flipped Advising (University of Hawai'i)

Flipped Advising as a Student Portal (University of Alabama) 

Encouraging Student Reflection on Their Personal, Academic, and Career Goals through Flipped Advising: (University of Florida)

Flipped Advising: Faculty Advising for Graduate Students (Portland State University)

UKAT Webinar Archive

An archive of recordings, resources and presentations from Tutoring Matters, UKAT's monthly webinar series

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Action on Access

Action on Access is a UKAT partner organisation, and a national provider of coordination and support for furthering access, widening participation and increasing student retention, success and progression through higher education. Action on Access work with institutional leaders, managers and practitioners, policy makers, funders, stakeholder groups and third sector organisations to promote inclusivity and diversity, challenge exclusion, and lobby for the widest broadest possible access to higher education.

The Action on Access monthly e-bulletin is an essential first stop for you to stay current and involved in all the latest Widening Participation and access initiatives, news, events, resources, information, and networking

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Preparing for Professional Recognition


If you are considering applying for UKAT Professional Recognition, this video recorded by one of our most experienced assessors will explain the UKAT Professional Framework, walk you through the application process, show you what an application looks like and help you work out which level of recognition is right for you.