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).

Working together to improve student outcomes for all students -  Thursday 16 September 2021, 14:00

UKAT/AMOSSHE/Action on Access

This free event, part of the ongoing collaboration between AMOSSHE, Action on Access and UKAT, features interactive discussions about how AMOSSHE and UKAT can work together to improve student outcomes for all students.

This free interactive event takes place on Thursday 16 September 2021 from 14:00 to 15:30 (BST) online. We'll send you a link to join a Zoom meeting when you register for the event.

This event facilitates a community of practice in which to discuss, share, and highlight good practice. Join us to discuss how Student Services and senior / personal tutors collaborate, while exploring some of the challenges and how together we can provide solutions to these challenges. We hope to provide you with strategies and thoughts to take away to your own institution to improve student outcomes.

Using Listening Rooms to evaluate Academic Advising at Sheffield Hallam University -  Thursday 21 October 2021, 14:00

Dr Emma Heron, Helen J. Parkin and Melissa Jacobi, Sheffield Hallam University

This session explores the use of the Listening Rooms methods to evaluate students’ experiences of Academic Advising at Sheffield Hallam University.

Sheffield Hallam University is a large Higher Education Institution in the North of England with over 30,000 enrolled students over 3 Colleges.  Hallam has a been committed to supporting student attainment and experience through Academic Advising for almost a decade. Listening Rooms have been used across Hallam to understand student voice in order to bring about positive change since 2017 and in the academic year 2020-21 we applied the Listening Rooms method to the evaluation of Academic Advising across the whole University.

The purpose of the Listening Rooms method is to provide opportunity for participants to share, reflect and explore their own experiences in a safe and private space, generating qualitative data that legitimises and exposes genuine participant voice.

The purpose of Round Table Analysis is to analyse large qualitative data sets with intent to engender strategic change. The approach immerses contributors in the lived experience of students and empowers them to take ownership of data, using it to change behaviours and inform strategic decision making.

During this session, we will share findings and recommendations from our methodologies.

Diagnostic Testing and a Personalised Approach to Student Success -  Thursday 18 November 2021, 14:00

Dr Luke Millard, Abertay University

Standard approaches to university admission see students meet the criteria for acceptance and then receive a standardised cohort experience through their induction and initial learning journey.  However, as a sector, we are well aware that students enter our universities with a diverse range of confidence, abilities and skills. Effective support and development structures that accommodate this diversity are vital this year, when most students entering University in 2021 will have had 18 months of a disrupted school or college experience. This workshop will suggest that the use of diagnostic testing within an integrated development process can provide a personalised solution for students and early indicators for curriculum teams.

This workshop and debate builds on the exploratory work of the QAA Scotland Collaborative Cluster exploring Personalised Approaches to Resilience and Community (PARC).

PARC project partners are Abertay, Glasgow Caledonian, UHI, Birmingham City, Middlesex and Warwick Universities.

At the workshop you will:

  • hear about the initial rationale for development of student diagnostic testing, the models that support that approach and pilot activities that are being developed across Scottish and English Universities.
  • debate the potential impacts of a PARC approach on macro (institutional), meso (school or faculty) and micro (programme/module/student) levels.
  • help shape a community of practice in this space and guide us as we move forward with the diagnostic approach at our institutions as we seek to better understand the strengths of our students and help them develop the confidence to succeed.

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