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Professional Recognition

UKAT Professional Recognition of personal tutors and academic advisors gives your institution

  • enhanced capability to support students more effectively through their HE journey
  • independent recognition of effective practice in personal tutoring and academic advising
  • a measurable way to evidence support for student attainment and success

At the heart of your institution are your students. UKAT recognise that personal tutoring/academic advising personalises learning, promotes student persistence, enhances success, and helps address differential attainment, supporting a student’s academic progress and personal development throughout their University career. It is important for tutors/advisors to feel valued and recognised for this role, and the UKAT Professional Recognition Scheme does this. It gives your institution a measurable way to evidence the valuable and effective work of your tutors and advisors’ in supporting student success and personalising learning.

Referenced against the UKAT Professional Framework for Advising and Tutoring, it evidences the competencies and skills that tutors/advisors need to deliver effective, quality-enhanced approaches to student success. It encourages your staff to develop a reflective approach to the continual enhancement of their advising and tutoring practice informed by scholarship within the field. It also scaffolds progression in individual practice to continually enhance your institution’s capability for supporting students more effectively through personal tutoring/academic advising.

The UKAT Professional Recognition scheme has been developed collaboratively with UKAT member institutions, and piloted by Bishop Grosseteste University, University of Bolton, University of Birmingham, University of Leeds, Middlesex University, Sheffield Hallam University, Southampton University, University of Sussex, Swansea University, Teesside University and York St John University. 

Levels of Recognition

The scheme offers three levels of recognition:

RPA Badge

Recognised Practitioner in Advising (RPA)

Aimed at front-line personal tutors and academic advisors, this level of recognition demonstrates individual understanding and application of a broad range of effective approaches in delivering high-quality personal tutoring/advising and support for student success.

RSA Badge

Recognised Senior Advisor (RSA)

Recognition at this level demonstrates sustained effectiveness in student support through the organisation, leadership, or management of personal tutoring/academic advising. It is aimed at those with departmental or institutional responsibilities for leading and developing others in the implementation and delivery of effective personal tutoring/academic advising practices.

RLA Badge

Recognised Leader in Advising (RLA)

Recognises a sustained record of impact on student success at a strategic level through the coordination and provision of personal tutoring/academic advising.  It is aimed at highly experienced tutors/advisors who can demonstrate impact at an institutional, national or international level

Application Process

Application for recognition is made by submission of a retrospective e-portfolio of evidence of practice referenced against the competencies of the UKAT Professional Framework for Advising and Tutoring and the UKAT Core Values of Personal Tutoring and Academic Advising. Applications are assessed by experienced practitioners in the field, all of whom hold UKAT Professional Recognition themselves.

The scheme is intended to be developmental. The process of assembling an e-portfolio of evidence gives practitioners the opportunity to reflect on their practice and its links to relevant scholarship, enhancing their practice and planning for their future professional development as a personal tutor/academic advisor. Detailed documentation and resources are provided to applicants, and structured portfolio templates are provided for each level of recognition to guide applicants in making a successful application for recognition.  

The scheme operates a cohort-based application process, with four cohorts offered each year at 3-monthly intervals. Applicants are assigned to a cohort upon registration and typically have 3 months to create and submit their application portfolio. In keeping with the developmental nature of the scheme, applicants may be permitted to roll the submission of their application forward to a later cohort; the intention is to support all applicants in reflecting meaningfully on their practice to enable them to submit an appropriate application.

Submitted applications are independently assessed by a minimum of two assessors and reviewed by an external examiner before an outcome is returned. Possible outcomes include awarding the recognition at the level applied for, revise and resubmit, recommend award of a lower level of recognition with the option to revise and resubmit for the level of recognition applied for, or no award. Where the outcomes requires the applicant to revise and resubmit their application, they have 8 weeks to complete and submit the revisions for re-assessment. 

The next cohort will commence at the beginning of October 2020, and registration is open now. Complete the enquiry form below to find out more.

Cost of Applications

INDIVIDUAL APPLICATION

An individual personal application for recognition costs £250 (inc VAT).

 

UKAT personal members are eligible to make an application for recognition at the reduced rate of £115 (inc VAT) as a benefit of membership and can register through the Members Area of the UKAT website.

INSTITUTIONAL SUBSCRIPTION - PLAN A

Discounted annual subscription plan available to UKAT member institutions only.

Allows up to 20 individuals to make an application for professional recognition within a 12-month period

Cost: £2500 (inc VAT) per annum

INSTITUTIONAL SUBSCRIPTION - PLAN B

Discounted annual subscription plan for UKAT member institutions only

Allows an unlimited number of individuals to make an application for professional recognition within a 12-month period

Cost: £5000 (inc VAT) per annum

Note: Non-member institutions can achieve recognition for their staff by taking out UKAT Institutional Membership, and will qualify for 25% discount on the institutional membership fee for the first year when purchased in conjunction with an annual recognition plan. See our Institutional Membership offer for full details on the benefits of Institutional Membership of UKAT.

Enhancing practice and supporting tutor/advisor professional development

A lack of recognition and/or reward for the role of personal tutor/academic advisor is a common concern for many staff carrying out the role.  Personal tutoring is often undervalued compared to research and teaching duties2,3 and is 'hidden work' which dedicated tutors perform, often to the detriment of achieving other institutional objectives and their own career progression1,4,5. Yet personal tutoring/academic advising plays a fundamental role in student success. Achieving UKAT Professional Recognition offers a clear way to recognise the contribution made by tutors and advisors, to enhance practice, and to demonstrate your institution's commitment to student success.

Contact us today to enquire about taking out an institutional Professional Recognition plan, or to discuss how the UKAT Professional Framework and UKAT Professional Recognition Scheme can support your institutional professional development needs.

[1] Grey, D., & Locthie, D. (2016). Comparing Personal Tutoring in the UK and Academic Advising in the US. Academic Advising Today.
[2] McClellan, J. (2016). Reward Systems and Career Ladders for Advisors. In T. Grites, M. Miller, & J. Givans Voler (Eds.), Beyond Foundations: Developing as a Master Academic Advisor. Jossey-Bass.
[3] Thomas, L. (2012). Building student engagement and belonging in Higher Education at a time of change. In Paul Hamlyn Foundation (Vol. 100, p66). Paul Hamlyn Foundation.
[4] Thomas, L., Hill, M., Mahony, J. O., & Chambers, J. (2017). Supporting student success : strategies for institutional change - Summary Report
[5] Wyatt, J. L. (2006). Student, staff advisor, and faculty advisor perceptions of academic advising. North Carolina State University.