Introduction to the Personal Tutoring System

The aim of the Personal Tutor system is to assign a number of UG students to a member of academic staff who will support their students and guide them throughout their studies. As a tutor, you will encourage your students to reflect on their progress and to take advantage of the opportunities available to them during their studies to enable them to best prepare for future employment or further study.

Background

The Personal Tutor System

The University introduced a system of Personal Tutors for all on-campus, full and part-time undergraduate students in September 2013 (with the exception of Medicine where the Regent scheme continues).  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 number of students from across all years of study. As far as possible, students will be assigned to a personal tutor from their School or discipline of study and will remain with the same personal tutor throughout their studies.  Through this continuity of contact a meaningful and supportive tutor/student relationship will be established. 

Implementation 

A Steering Group led the work associated with the implementation and development of this scheme.  With a Senior Personal Tutor Forum playing a key role in the ongoing development of training and support materials as well as the implementation and operation of the scheme. 

Any Questions?

Staff who have queries about the scheme should email personaltutor@abdn.ac.uk or contact their Senior Personal Tutor who will raise the query at the Senior Personal Tutor Forum.  You may also like to look at the Frequently Asked Questions.

Senate Papers

Senate Papers and updates

  • Senate November 2014 - Student Experience Report
  • Senate update on ELIR feedback - February 2014
  • Senate update on the student experience including Personal Tutoring - November 2013
  • Senate update on Personal Tutors - June 2013
  • Senate update on Personal Tutors - May 2013
  • Senate update report on Personal Tutors - February 2013
  • Senate implementation plan for Personal Tutors - June 2012
  • Senate proposal for Personal Tutors - May 2012
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)

Download Documents about Personal Tutoring

You can download the overview documents about Personal Tutoring for: