Supporting personal tutors to meet the needs of students on placements

Karen A Moore (University of Surrey)
Jennifer Oates (University of Surrey)

Monday, April 8, 2024 4:00 PM - 4:45 PM

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Session Outline

We are senior tutors at the university of Surrey. We support colleagues in the School of Veterinary Science and the School of Health Sciences to offer pastoral support to students on programmes in which over half of their course is undertaken on placement rather than in the university. In this interactive workshop we will explore the challenges and opportunities of supporting students on placement, from the perspective of the professional development of personal tutors to undertake such support. We will describe training sessions run in our schools as well as opening discussion to gain views from workshop participants. We will make particular reference to training tutors around supporting students with reasonable adjustments for disability, neurodiversity and mental health conditions.

This session addresses the following competencies of the UKAT Professional Framework for Advising and Tutoring
C5 - How equitable and inclusive environments are created and maintained
P1 - Create and support environments that consider the needs and perspectives of students, and respect individual learners
R1 - Build advising and tutoring relationships through empathetic listening and compassion for students, and be accessible in ways that challenge, support, nurture, and teach