You will meet your tutor during induction week or soon afterwards, and will then have one or two scheduled meetings a year to review your academic progress. You can also contact your tutor whenever you need advice on any matter, or if you’d like support on issues affecting your studies or wellbeing. The details of how you can contact them will be provided to you at your first meeting.
What is a Personal Academic Tutor?
Your Personal Academic Tutor will support your overall academic and personal welfare and signpost you to additional areas of help within the university if you need it, such as Student Services and the Students' Union.
Your PAT is there to help you identify the academic skills you wish to develop to make the most of your degree. They will offer guidance on how to act on feedback from modules, lend a hand when you’re creating plans to help achieve your academic goals and will help you identify how you can enhance your future career prospects by supporting your personal development.
Making the most of your Personal Academic Tutor
It is a good idea to get to know your tutor as early as possible to discuss any early concerns you may have and nip a problem in the bud.
Although your tutor may be super supportive, it is always best to think about what you want to get out of the meeting, write notes and agree a short list of what to do next by the end of your tutorial. These will help you make practical steps towards reaching your goals and by writing them down, you can review your progress down.
Your tutor is there to support your personal, academic and career development throughout your degree and can be utilised for catch-ups or to address something more serious.
At the end of your degree, your PAT will often be your go-to person for references which will help you in future employment or further study.
If your academic performance is adversely affected by ill health or serious personal difficulties, your tutor may suggest that you submit a Mitigating Circumstances form to the Course Examination Board.
Your school’s Student Support and Guidance Tutor (SSGT) will be able to support you with this process. (LINK TO SSGTs HERE)
Personal Academic Tutoring Policy
For more depth, you can take a look at the Personal, Academic Tutoring Policy (63k pdf). How the policy is delivered varies by School - please read the advice here in conjunction with your School guidelines.