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UKAT Professional Recognition for Personal Tutors

Our scheme for Personal Tutors and those in Student Advising roles supports staff to gain professional recognition with the UK Advising and Tutoring Association (UKAT), through monthly tutorials and the development of a reflective portfolio of evidence.

UKAT is the only UK organisation to offer professional recognition qualifications for personal tutors. This important international organisation is at the forefront of developing personal tutoring practice, literature and research.

Similar to Advance HE's Fellowship, UKAT awards three different levels of professional recognition depending on an individual's experience of delivering, leading, or strategic impact to personal tutoring. These three levels are aligned to UKAT's Professional Framework and core values.

For more information about UKAT, visit their website here.

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Our Supported Scheme

Each year we support a cohort of staff to gain professional recognition with UKAT. We offer this as a fully funded CPD opportunity for our staff, which includes personal membership to UKAT and external assessment of the portfolio of evidence.

We accept one cohort onto our scheme each academic year. Those interested in enrolling onto our scheme are encouraged to attend our UKAT Personal Tutoring Information Sessions and complete an online application form.

Key dates

NovemberProposal submission period opens
DecemberProposal submission period closes
Proposal Review Panel
Cohort Soft-launch Introduction Session
JanuaryFirst official Tutorial

Learn more about our scheme and how you can apply

There are 3 different levels of professional recognition that can be awarded

There are three levels of professional recognition:

  • Recognised Practitioner in Advising (RPA) - Aimed at front-line personal tutors and academic advisors, this level of recognition demonstrates individual understanding and application of a broad range of effective approaches in delivering high-quality personal tutoring/advising and support for student success.
  • Recognised Senior Advisor (RSA) - Recognition at this level demonstrates sustained effectiveness in student support through the organisation, leadership, or management of personal tutoring/academic advising. It is aimed at those with departmental or institutional responsibilities for leading and developing others in the implementation and delivery of effective personal tutoring/academic advising practices.
  • Recognised Leader in Advising (RLA) - Recognises a sustained record of impact on student success at a strategic level through the coordination and provision of personal tutoring/academic advising.  It is aimed at highly experienced tutors/advisors who can demonstrate impact at an institutional, national or international level

For more information about the levels of professional recognition, please visit the UKAT website here

Our list of successful award holders through our scheme keeps growing

See our list below of successful alumni that were awarded through our scheme:

Recognised Senior Adviser (RSA):

Recognised Practitioner in Advising (RPA):

You need a minimum of 1 years' experience being in a personal tutoring or student advising role in higher education

As UKAT's professional recognition requires the  creation of a portfolio of evidence, you will require some prior experience before  enrolling onto our scheme to successfully engage and reflect.

Your experience of personal tutoring or advising students does not have to be from your time working here at Greenwich, but must be from a higher education setting.

Engagement and time commitment with our scheme is flexible

You have 12 to 15 months to complete and submit your portfolio of evidence.

Each month (expect August) we hold 1 hour tutorials that cover a specific area of the Professional framework or topic related to Personal Tutoring and advising. These sessions are not compulsory, however, those who have regularly attended these have found them enriching to their personal tutoring practice and helpful with completing their portfolio.

In addition to these 1 hour tutorials, we recommend for you to meet regularly with your assigned mentor throughout your journey on our scheme. They will be able to answer any questions you have, sign-post to literature and useful resources, and help provide feedback on your portfolio.

The earliest you can submit you portfolio is after 6 months from enrolling onto our scheme.

Find out more about our scheme by attending an Information session

Learn more about our UKAT supported scheme and how it can help you achieve professional recognition for your practice in personal tutoring or student advising. These session, facilitated by our Greenwich UKAT team, will be able to answer any questions you may have.

Book onto one of our information sessions via Horizon here

Complete an online application to join our scheme

You can find a template and guide of the online form in the resources below, which you can use to make notes and drafts before completing the online version.

This scheme is only open to staff at the University of Greenwich.

Applications are now closed for 2023-24 academic year. This will open again in October 2024.

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