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Promoting Student Engagement, Belonging and Purpose: developing Excellence in Personal Tutoring…Weds 26th October 2016


Promoting Student Engagement, Belonging and Purpose: 

developing Excellence in Personal Tutoring…


 The Third National Tutoring Seminar

University of Central Lancashire

Wednesday 26th October 2016



Introductions and welcomes. Rob Ward, the Centre for Recording Achievement and Sue Moron Garcia, Director of The Centre for Excellence in Learning & Teaching, UCLan.


First Plenary contribution: 'Excellence in Tutoring:  what do we know, what do we need to know....' Camille Kandiko Howson, Senior Lecturer in Higher Education, Academic Head of Student Engagement, Kings College London.


Camille is involved in national higher education policy research on students and the student experience, working with HEFCE/BIS/HEA on Learning Gains research; with HEFCE and the HEA on student surveys, including NSS and UKES; with the QAA on student engagement and student expectations; and the Leadership Foundation on academic motivation, prestige and gender.


Small group workshops and discussions



Life Design – A holistic approach to student futures.  Lewis Pearson, Senior Life Design Development Officer, University of Wales Trinity Saint David (UWTSD)


Preventing drop outs through data driven, proactive support.  George Sanderson, Unique Insights.


Back to the Future: What can we learn about ‘excellent’ tutoring by examining how it examined in previous ‘excellent’ assessments. Steve Outram, Independent Consultant; Associate Director CRA; HEA Associate.


Welcome - Dr Lynne Livesey, Deputy Vice-Chancellor, UCLan


Second Plenary contribution: Towards Excellence - from an institutional perspective. Sue Riddell: Head of Student Engagement, Attainment & Success  Canterbury Christ Church University.


Sue believes that the role of Personal Tutor is pivotal to student success and introduced a strand into the Interprofessional Learning Programme that requires the Personal Tutor to deliver one module each year to their personal tutees.  In this way a close relationship is developed and the Personal Tutor is well-placed to provide the support students require.  She also introduced web-based material accessible to students before they begin the programme and an orientation event approximately six weeks before they start.


Third Plenary contribution: Towards Excellence - supporting student engagement. Eve Lewis, Director, SPARQS (student partnerships in quality Scotland).


The work of sparqs is built on the principle that both students and institutions are more successful when they work together in partnership.  We focus on ensuring students are able to shape positive change that enhances the student learning experience providing the best possible experience for each individual student.  Partnership is a complex issue and sparqs seeks to develop partnerships at all levels.  Partnership is not just about seeking student feedback for problem solving but on working together to develop solutions and build strategies to meet the challenges of the future.  Eve will look at how the role of personal tutoring fits within its work supporting students to have meaningful conversations about their learning experience as well as how strategic developments of personal tutoring fits within the nationally agreed Student Engagement Framework for Scotland.


Small group workshops and discussions


Moving from an FE model to a HE model of student support. Sarah Shelton, Lecturer/FD and HND Lead, Solihull College and University Centre.


Student wellbeing and the impact on academic performance. Theresa Compton, Lecturer in biomedical science and lead for pastoral care, Plymouth University Peninsula Schools of Medicine and Dentistry.


Personal Tutoring Systems and practice: developing partnership approaches. Eve Lewis, Director, SPARQS


Extension workshop: Getting started with our named Professional Award in Tutoring. Janet Strivens University of Liverpool/CRA, John Peters, Newman University/CRA, Steve Outram, CRA and Rob Ward.



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  • Document Published: Wednesday, 26 October 2016