UKAT offers conferences, webinars and other events throughout the year, both online and in various locations around the UK. These events provide professional development opportunities for personal tutors and academic advisors who are invested in helping students achieve academic success.

The UKAT Annual Conference is the major event of the year and provides an opportunity to learn in general sessions from experts in the field, gain knowledge and review best practices with colleagues in concurrent sessions, and participate in interactive workshops. The variety of learning formats also may include poster sessions, exhibitor presentations, and formal and informal networking opportunities.

Upcoming Events

  • European Access Network Conference 2024

    Tuesday 11 June 2024 - Wednesday 12 June 2024
    Abertay University, Dundee

    The European Access Network (EAN) conference 2024 has now opened its call for papers. Scotland will welcome the first EAN conference since the pandemic with an event entitled 'New Beginnings for European Access - Designing Equity, Transitions and Student Success'. Dundee will be the host city and we invite proposals for talks, workshops and posters for this engaging and welcoming international conference that will run from 11-12 June at Abertay University.

    The conference asks you to share your practice and/or research excellence across one or more of theses themes: 
    Preparation - how we prepare, set expectations, support and enable our students to successfully transition through well designed processes. 
    Diversity - how we reach out to and enable students from all backgrounds to progress to and succeed in tertiary education. 
    Partnerships - how schools, colleges, universities and other agencies and organisations are working together to support student and institutional success.

    We hope to welcome talks from schools, colleges, charities and universities who are innovating and learning from their work in the access space as we all strive to enable student success. We really look forward to reading your proposals and to welcoming you to the sunniest city in Scotland - Sunshine is guaranteed!

  • Reflecting on developing a tutor resource hub – a spotlight on professional development

    Thursday 20 June 2024, 14:00 - Thursday 20 June 2024, 15:30

    Strategising personal tutoring within the context of large cohorts can be a daunting task. Hannah will discuss how In balancing staff interests and personal styles with standardisation of quality and skills, she created an online resource hub for tutors to use as a first port of call for tutorial activities, student support and guidance. The webinar will share how the resource hub has evolved to meet the needs of university policy and local preferences. It will reflect on how the hub has supported tutors to deliver quality tutorials, what the benefits are of having a standardised space, and how a community of practice was created drawing on the expertise of tutors alongside the challenges of over complexity and opportunities for development.

  • UKAT Annual Conference 2025

    Monday 7 April 2025, 08:00 - Wednesday 9 April 2025, 15:00
    University College London

    Join Us at our 10th Anniversary Conference


    UKAT will be celebrating its anniversary in 2025, marking ten years of shaping the future of personal tutoring and academic advising in higher education.

    We’ve come a long way in that time. Join us at this conference to celebrate our collective achievements, our impactful initiatives, and transformative collaborations.

    The theme of this conference is ‘Learning Well’, and it will celebrate the power of positivity, and the joy of learning and university life. We encourage submissions that celebrate how personal tutoring can create joyful learning and life experiences for both staff and students. Joins us for

    • Inspiring Sessions: Immerse yourself in thought-provoking keynotes, panel discussions, and workshops. Learn from visionaries who have shaped the landscape of higher education.
    • Networking Galore: Connect with fellow educators, researchers, and industry leaders. Forge new partnerships, exchange ideas, and explore exciting opportunities.
    • Vision for the Next Decade: Together, we’ll chart a course for the future. What innovations await us? How can we continue to empower students to flourish and drive positive change?

    We want to build connections between UKAT’s community of higher education personal tutors and advisors, and broader networks of colleagues with expertise in psychology, mental health, education theory, wellbeing, learning community and community engagement, student partnership, and student life.

    Who Should Attend?

    • Educators and Administrators: Whatever your level of experience, this conference is your platform for growth.
    • Researchers and Scholars: Dive into discussions that shape the academic landscape. Share your insights and learn from others.
    • Students and Emerging Leaders: Be part of the conversation. Your perspectives matter, and your voice will shape personal tutoring and academic advising for the next decade.

    So join us to celebrate the past, embrace the present, and envision an even brighter future for higher education.

Events in italic typeface are not provided by UKAT but are 3rd party events which may be of interest to UKAT members