The Personal Tutor System

The University introduced a system of Personal Tutors for all undergraduate students in September 2013 (with the exception of Medicine where the Regent scheme continued).  This Personal Tutor system provides general support to students in matters such as achievement of the Graduate Attributes, Employability, Co-curricular opportunities and feedback as well as providing a pastoral support role.  

All members of academic staff undertake a role as a personal tutor and are assigned a relatively small number of tutees from across all years of study. As far as possible, tutees will be assigned to a personal tutor from their School of study and will remain with the same personal tutor throughout their studies.  Through this continuity of contact a meaningful and supportive tutor:tutee relationship will be established.

Implementation 

A Steering Group led the work associated with the implementation and early development of this scheme.  The Senior Personal Tutor Forum, (now part of the Senior Pastoral & Guidance Forum which includes pastoral leads across the University for students at all levels), plays a key role in the development of training and support materials as well as the implementation and  operation of the scheme. In 2020 the Dean for Student Support began a process of clarifying and enhancing the frontline pastoral support systems across the University, including the Personal Tutor system.   

Any Questions?

Staff who have queries about the scheme should email personaltutor@abdn.ac.uk, the Dean for Student Support, abbe.brown@abdn.ac.uk or contact their Senior Personal Tutor who will raise the query at the Senior Pastoral & Guidance Lead Forum. 

You may also like to look at:

 

Senate Papers

Senate Papers and updates

Vice Principal Communication

To: All Staff

Personal Tutor Scheme

The Senate approved the establishment of a Personal Tutor Scheme from the start of session 2013/14. The scheme involves all academic staff and all undergraduate students (with the exception of those on the Degree of MBChB where the Regent Scheme will continue).

The Personal Tutor role focuses on providing general support to students in matters such as achievement of the Graduate Attributes, Employability, Co-curricular opportunities and feedback as well as a pastoral support role. All members of academic staff have a role as a personal tutor and will be assigned a number of undergraduate students from the same school or programme of study.  The intention, as far as possible, is for all students to be assigned to the same personal tutor throughout their studies and that this continuity of contact will enable a more meaningful and supportive tutor/student relationship to be built.

A Senior Personal Tutoring Forum is in place to lead the ongoing work associated with the operation of the scheme, with one Senior Personal Tutor appointed in each School. Senior Personal Tutors will play a key role in the development of training and support materials as well as the implementation and operation of the scheme.

The Senior Personal Tutor in your School will ensure you are kept informed of the development of the Scheme through regular updates.

If you have any queries, please do not hesitate to email personaltutor@abdn.ac.uk or to contact your Senior Personal Tutor.

Professor Peter McGeorge

Vice-Principal (Learning and Teaching)