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

  • Sharing the Secret of Our Success - UKAT/LVSA Symposium 2021

    Thursday 2 December 2021, 14:00 - Thursday 2 December 2021, 15:30

    UKAT and LVSA

    Join us for an international event presented in conjunction with our colleagues from LVSA, the Dutch study advising association. 

    Before you shut down your laptop and take a well, well-deserved festive break, join us for an inspirational, informal online session with British and Dutch tutors and advisors. Share your advising successes with European colleagues and discuss how we get even better at advising our students. In this informal online discussion event we will reflect on our advising and personal tutoring highlights of 2021. Take time to get to know fellow advisors/personal tutors from the Netherlands, Belgium, and the UK and understand more about how we all advise students in our respective contexts.

    Through conversation and sharing we focus on our successes to help us identify the professional goals we want to achieve as advisors and personal tutors in 2022.

  • What Works? Effective Advising for Post-secondary Students

    Thursday 20 January 2022, 14:00 - Thursday 20 January 2022, 15:30

    Brett McFarlane, University of California Riverside, USA

    Based on the US Department of Education What Works Effective Advising for Postsecondary Students effective practice guidance, this webinar focuses on student advising practices which improve student learning outcomes. The practice explored in this webinar will help personal tutors, academic advisors and institutional leaders to design and deliver effective personal tutoring/academic advising.

    The webinar focuses on four evidence-based recommendations:

    • Intentionally design and deliver comprehensive, integrated advising that incorporates academic and non-academic supports to empower students to reach their educational goals.
    • Transform advising to focus on the development of sustained, personalized relationships with individual students throughout their higher education journey.
    • Use mentoring and coaching to enhance comprehensive, integrated advising in ways that support student achievement and progression.
    • Embed positive incentives in intentionally designed advising processes to encourage student participation and continued engagement.


    The presenters will provide an overview of each recommendation and focus on strategies for applying the evidence-based recommendations to develop, implement, and support effective advising.

  • UKAT Annual Conference 2022

    Monday 4 April 2022, 00:00 - Wednesday 6 April 2022, 00:00

    Reimagining Personal Tutoring

    In recent months we have adopted many new and innovative ways of supporting our students and their learning. Necessity has been the driver which has accelerated the pace of change, resulting in us quickly making changes that might ordinarily have happened over a longer period of time. Some of these changes will have had a positive effect, others may have been less successful at addressing the varying individual challenges that many students have faced. They may have produced anticipated benefits and revealed other unexpected benefits. Whatever we have tried in recent months, we have adopted new ways of doing academic advising and personal tutoring, and learned much from the experience which can help us reimagine how we do advising and tutoring in the future.

    Based on our collective recent experiences, this conference will explore how we might reimagine advising/tutoring so that it is more relevant to students, more effective at helping all students and institutions to achieve their intended outcomes, and more efficient in its operation. The conference will focus on five key themes:

    • Digital technology - how can our experiences of the widescale adoption of digital technology and the pivot to online learning inform the future role of technology in advising and tutoring?
    • Identity – how can advising and tutoring support student and cohort identity development?
    • Community – how can advising and tutoring support learning communities, and build the sense of belonging that is important to student success?
    • Equality, Diversity and Inclusion – what role does advising and tutoring have in enhancing equality and inclusion in higher education, and in enhancing success for all students?
    • Student-Centred Transformation – higher education is transformative, but how can advising and tutoring empower students and give them agency in the transformation that they experience through their education?

    Delegate registration will open early in 2022.

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