The UKAT Professional Development Committee was established in 2016 as a sub-committee of the UKAT Board with a mission to create an accessible culture of shared professional experience and improve the training, development and everyday practice of tutors and advisors.


The UKAT Professional Development Committee promotes an accessible culture of shared professional experience where members engage in the identification and sharing of good practice aiming to ensure that Advising and Tutoring makes a valuable contribution to the student experience.


In order to accomplish its vision, the Professional Development Committee:

  1. communicates and promotes the value of professional practice, and supports efforts to facilitate the development of this practice
  2. encourages the sharing of best practice via a wide range of initiatives, programmes and activities
  3. promotes conditions that empower tutors as highly competent professionals
  4. promotes professional development collaborations among stakeholders across roles and institutions
  5. fosters networking and partner collaborations
  6. promotes and develops best practice being conducted in the field, and communicates this to the membership
  7. provides support, informational resources and guidance related to personal tutoring / academic advising
  8. identifies critical areas for future progression in professional development
  9. supports and provides formative feedback on institutional practice and policy proposals

Core Values

UKAT believes that advising and tutoring professional development and support should be:

  • ¬†accessible
  • enabling/empowering
  • ethical
  • informed
  • purposeful
  • collaborative (staff and students)
  • inclusive
  • student-centred

Strategic Responsibilities

The UKAT Professional Development Committee will

  • promote the raising of standards in academic advising/personal tutoring within and beyond the association
  • guide advisors/tutors in their Continuing Professional Development
  • provide resources and learning opportunities to further the Continuing Professional Development of advisors/tutors
  • provide opportunities to share effective practice within and beyond the association
  • promote a scholarly approach to advising/tutoring practice
  • promote the adoption of evidence-informed, impactful advising/tutoring approaches