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Personal Tutoring in Higher Education – Where Now and Where Next?

Woburn House, London
26 October 2009 10:00-16:00

Using the results of a literature survey and consultancy with a major UK university, this workshop will focus on the various personal tutoring models which are currently being deployed in UK universities. In particular, the workshop will explore the relationship between personal tutoring and widening participation, retention, the first year experience, on-line and distance learning and Personal Development Planning. It will also explore the business case for investment in this area, and the staff development implications of the models in use. Finally, the presenter will also summarise his research with a set of recommendations for future action which participants can consider in the light of their own institutional experience.
The workshop is based on SEDA Special 25 and led by Mike Laycock, the author of that publication.

Aims and outcomes of the workshop

The workshop will adopt an interactive approach which will draw on the experience of the participants together with sharing the literature review results and the research work of the workshop leader. This will provide an opportunity to:

  • Explore the different tutoring models that universities are using and how these models ‘fit’ with current and previous research and changing institutional contexts;
  • Consider some recommendations for future action and the implications of these recommendations for students and staff;
  • Encourage participants to identify practices in their own institutions which will help students and staff adapt to the new context.

Participants will:

  • Discuss the relevance of the findings from the research to their own area of work
  • Identify and discuss areas of practice which can enhance the student experience.

The cost of the workshop will be £95.00 and will include a copy of SEDA Special 25 and lunch. 

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020 7380 6767
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