Personal Tutoring in Higher Education Where Now and Where Next?

26 October 2009

Location: London

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

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.

Mike Laycock
Mike is a consultant working in the field of educational development. From 1971-2007 he
was employed by the University of East London and its predecessor institutions. He has
spoken at national and international conferences, published widely, carried out much
consultancy for UK HEIs. He is a fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA) and
member of the Staff and Educational Development Association (SEDA) where he has been a
member of the national executive and the SEDA Advisory Group. He has been, and still is,
an external examiner for a range of universities and colleges.

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