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Volume 4, Issue 3   June - July 2022


New UKAT Chair Elected

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Neil Bangs, UKAT Chair Elect

Voting has now closed in the elections for a new UKAT Chair. Neil Bangs of Middlesex University has been unanimously elected as the new UKAT Chair and will take over from our current Chair Dave Lochtie at the UKAT AGM on 7 July when his term of office expires. 

On behalf of the whole UKAT community, we would like to express our grateful thanks Dave Lochtie for his dedication and commitment to the role of UKAT Chair over the last two years. Dave has been involved in UKAT from the beginning and we are thrilled that he will be remaining as a member of the UKAT Board of Trustees. In this role he will be continuing the valuable contribution he has made in setting the strategic direction of UKAT and helping the association achieve its goals. 

Professional Recognition Awards

Congratulations to the following applicants who have achieved UKAT Professional Recognition in the last two months:

Recognised Practitioner in Advising

Louisa Huxtable-Thomas , Swansea University
Katherine Leopold , University of Greenwich
Fiona MacGregor , Teesside University
James Oram , Swansea University

Please Update Your Email Settings

Updated UKAT Email Addresses

As part of our ongoing work to improve our IT systems and communications to members, we have changed the address from which many of our automated and publicity emails are sent. To ensure that our emails continue to reach you without interruption, please add the following addresses to the Safe Senders list in your email application. 


If you use Outlook as your email application, you can find details of how to add addresses to the Safe Senders list at 

Your Advising Stories

When students enter University, a fresh start is an exciting prospect. Where new is exchanged for old, sometimes the student’s past – their story of their journey – gets lost. But being able to tell a story about how we arrive at transitional points in our life is important for developing a sense of autonomy. Academic advising, then, is impactful when we uncover a backstory and incorporate storytelling into the practice of building a relationship with our students. Later this year, we’ll be exploring this in a new micro-module for UKAT, ‘Our Student Stories’. To celebrate the launch, we’d love to hear your story – of your journey into and through teaching, learning, and advising – so that we can share it with the community in forthcoming editions of this newsletter.

Please get in touch if you’d like to arrange a time for a short interview to share your story. You can email us at 

Emily Baker & Katherine Kruger, University of Sussex

Managing Students in Distress Workshop - 7 September

On Monday 11 April we held a very successful Managing Students in Distress workshop at the University of Birmingham, the first in-person workshop from the UKAT Professional Development Curriculum.

This highly-engaging workshop used innovative, immersive interactive theatre to explore how personal tutors can manage situations in which students come to them displaying varying levels of distress. The workshop explored the causes of distress (academic, personal, etc) and offered delegates strategies for managing situations involving distressed students, including urgent and emergency cases which require immediate support from other services within the institution. Live actors acted out scenarios involving tutors and distressed students. The audience were able to pause the action to direct the actors in how to engage with the students and apply the scenarios so that they could see at first-hand how these approaches can help both tutor and student deal more comfortably with distress.

The workshop was well-attended and participants told us:

"A really informative, relevant and authentic day which surpassed all expectations in the best possible way. The conversations and interaction around the framework discussed, and the opportunity to see it in action with the interactive theatre, were really useful. I could have done with a little bit longer!!"

"This workshop should be mandatory training for all personal tutors. It was highly relevant and useful to the role and will really enable me to be more effective when working with students in distress."

"I wish I had attended this workshop when I first became a personal tutor. It is the most relevant and well-delivered training I have experienced since beginning work in HE more than 10 years ago."

"Seeing the interactive theatre was extremely engaging and really made you think about your own practice."

We are delighted to be able to offer another opportunity to experience this workshop as we will be running it again at Middlesex University in London on 7 September 2022. The workshop is open to member and non-members alike. Members and staff of member institutions receive a discount on the registration fee.

View more details and reserve your place


Exclusive Member Offer

Our partners at Critical Publishing have recently published the following two higher education books which may be of interest to our members. Critical Publishing are offering UKAT members a 20% discount on the list price of these books.

Bias-aware Teaching, Learning and Assessment, by Donna Hurford and Andrew Read Edited by Joy Jarvis and Karen Smith (9781914171895 £20.00). With the spotlight on diversity and inclusion, this book offers university teachers informed and practical strategies for raising awareness of bias in teaching, learning and assessment practices and provides approaches to eliminate, limit and mitigate the negative effects of bias on university students.

You've Got This - A Student’s Guide to Well-being at University and Beyond, by Rachael Alexander (9781914171260  £16.99). Student life can be overwhelming, and it is not surprising that you might struggle to cope sometimes. This book guides you through your student journey with simple and effective strategies to help you take ownership of your mental health and stay in control.

To place an order, go to and use the discount code UKAT22 to receive the 20% discount.



NACADA Global Community Friends Network

The NACADA Friends’ Network offers a valuable opportunity to build informal connections with personal tutors and academic advisors around the world to learn about NACADA and their advising practices. The Friends Network will match you with another member NACADA member from around the world for a personal NACADA Friends’ connection. You can choose to connect with your partner through casual virtual conversations or through an app, email or phone. 

To find out more and get involved, visit

2022 Annual Conference

23rd - 26th October 2022 Portland, Oregon
Building Bridges: Honouring our Past, Celebrating the Present, and Preparing for the Future.
Registration is open. Visit the annual conference website for registration options and to get event information. Also, be certain to stay in the NACADA block of rooms for the best rates and availability; hotel reservation information is available online. We hope you can join us in Portland this fall!

Publication Opportunities


Call for Submissions: Along with Guest Editors CJ Venable and Dr. Drew Puroway, co-editors Dr. Julie Givans Voller and Dr. Peter Hagen are currently seeking submissions for a special issue of the NACADA Review focused on Theory, Philosophy, and History of Academic Advising. Please see the full details of the Call for Submissions here. Article submission deadline: 1st March, 2023. For questions, please contact Peter Hagen, Julie Givans Voller, or Ashley Thomas.

NACADA Journal

Call for Submissions: Have you published that great research project that you are working on in academic advising? The NACADA Journal is currently seeking submissions for upcoming issues! For more information and submission guidelines/instructions, visit the NACADA Journal website.

Social Justice in Academic Advising

Call for Proposals: NACADA is currently seeking proposals for a new book centred on the topic, Social Justice and Academic Advising. The full Call for Proposals may be found via the following link: Social Justice and Academic Advising – Call for Proposals. Deadline for proposals is 1st August, 2022. For questions, please contact Assistant Director of Resources and Managing Editor, Ashley Thomas


This is a summary of forthcoming events listed on the UKAT Events page which may be of interest to you. Not all of these events are offered by UKAT, some may be offered by third parties but they are included here because they may be of interest to UKAT members. Click the title of an event to view more details.


Understanding Reflection and its Relationship with the Personal Tutor Role

Thursday 16 Jun 2022, 14:00 - Thursday 16 Jun 2022, 15:30

Nicola Clarke, Birmingham City University

Reflection and reflective practice are not new concepts, but despite a wealth of literature in this area it remains an often misunderstood concept due to potential popularity of the notion that has led to an  assumed knowledge base.  Reflection is a process that when engaged with can heighten our self-awareness, lead to transformational change at both an affective and cognitive level, generate knowledge of what constitutes ‘I’ within the context of our experiences and others and empower us to be the best version of ourselves. This webinar will explore reflection; the importance for us as personal tutors to be an effective reflective practitioner, and how facilitating reflection in our personal students by engaging in reflective dialogue, can allow the understanding of self within our students that they can use to inform their experiences in university and their respective profession. Empowering our students to be the best version of themselves.