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

  • Personal Tutoring In Undergraduate Nurse Education. What`s Love Got to do with it?

    Thursday 16 February 2023, 14:00 - Thursday 16 February 2023, 15:30

    Helen Holder, University of Worcester

    This webinar considers a study which aimed to explore and understand the perceptions of the professional relationship between nurse academic personal tutors (NAPT) and student nurse (SN) tutees in undergraduate nurse education, with a focus on student support, progress monitoring, and professional learning. A qualitative research approach was taken, and data was analysed using the critical lens of Lefebvre's Rhythmanalysis and Bourdieu's field of power. Findings revealed that "Professional Love" was a state of potential and possibility within the professional relationships in personal tutoring, and that there were struggles for autonomy and legitimacy between the NAPT and SN, with tensions in the balance of power and investment in the professional relationship. The sudden shift to online tutorials due to the COVID-19 pandemic intensified these contradictions and tensions, with implications for personal tutoring practice and NAPT guidance and policies in the context of this role and the neoliberal university.

  • UKAT Annual Conference 2023

    Monday 3 April 2023, 09:00 - Tuesday 4 April 2023, 16:30
    Swansea University

    We are excited that the UKAT Conference is returning as an in-person event for the first time in three years. We want to embrace the benefits of being together by maximising the opportunities for delegates to interact with one another, share the practices, issues and concerns which are important to them, and to leave with new ideas and potential solutions to the challenges of Personal Tutoring: Enhancing Outcomes for All Students. The last few years in education have been demanding and the needs of contemporary students look different than they did when we last met in person. The conference is inviting contributions which consider how we engage students with personal tutoring, different approaches for diverse student cohorts, addressing attainment gaps, improving employability, and the acquisition of graduate attributes. We welcome a broad and innovative range of other perspectives on what Enhancing Outcomes for All Students might mean.

    Through this event we want to spend time collaboratively developing a vision for approaches to personal tutoring which meet the needs of current students and enhance outcomes for all. In a spirit of collaboration and co-creation, the conference agenda will emerge organically so that is truly reflective of the current issues in personal tutoring that are of importance to delegates and their institutions.

    We are delighted to announce that for this, our 7th Annual Conference, we have the largest number of session submissions that we have ever received for any UKAT conference and we will be delivering a engaging conference programme packed with high-quality presentations, workshops, discussion panels, problem-solving sessions as well as opportunities to try out the UKAT Professional Curriculum and Professional Recognition. The full schedule for the conference will be published here shortly. 

    Delegate registration is now open and you can can view ticket prices for the conference on the Registration page.
    An Early Bird discount applies until 1 March 2023. So don't delay, register today!

    Register now!

  • European First Year Experience Conference

    Tuesday 27 June 2023 - Thursday 29 June 2023
    Abertay University, Dundee, Scotland

    Abertay University, Dundee is delighted to be hosting the next European First Year Experience (EFYE) Conference between 27-29 June 2023. This is the first time that EFYE will be hosted in Scotland.

    Conference Theme - This year’s conference theme is ‘Discovery and Design for Academic and Social Student Success’ with a focus on 4 strands, which include:

    • Discovery (Personalising approaches to success)
    • Dialogue (Creating opportunities for collaborative learning and communities)
    • Decolonise (To engage all students for a global perspective)
    • Digital (Embracing technologies to support student success)

    Call for Proposals (Now Open) – The call for proposals is now open. We invite proposals based upon this year’s conference theme to share results of research, experience, and evidence-based practice.

    We would particularly welcome proposals from student organisations (unions, associations etc) and/or proposals which showcase staff and student collaborations, cross departmental and/or institutional working. There will be a concessionary rate available for student delegates attending the conference. 

    You can view full details of the conference session types on the website. Accepted session types include:

    • 20 Minute Presentations 
    • 60 Minute Workshops
    • Show & Tell/Lightning Talks/Provocations 
    • Posters/Demonstrations 

    The deadline for proposals is set for Wednesday 25th  January 2023.

    We will keep you updated through this forum, our conference website and social media channels (Twitter, Facebook & LinkedIn). You can also view the first of our conference newsletters for further information and details about Abertay University, Dundee, travel & accommodation and more.

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