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Personal Tutoring


Aimed at both Staff and Students, the Lincoln Higher Education Research Institute (Intervention for Success Project) have developed resources which can be accessed here. For internal University of Lincoln staff resources and guidance/support, please access the LALT Resources Hub link featured on this page (Staff Login required).

Personal Tutoring Resources Toolkit

PLEASE NOTE 16/05/17: The LALT Engagement Team has been asked by Education Student Life Committee (ESLC) to facilitate conversations with staff and students on the current Personal Tutoring system. The work will endeavour to collate best practice and identify any areas staff and students feel improvements could be made. The feedback will be delivered to ESLC for their consideration in January 2018. Please visit here to feed into the consultation.

We will be working on uploading and updating key documents previously developed by EDEU for all to refer to – please note that some of these for the time being may be out-of-date, but will be looked at in due-course. 

Here is the current full Student Support and Tutoring Policy – June 2014

What Personal Tutoring Covers

Personal tutoring will always be responsive but we have committed to using it proactively too. Across all schools the aim is to embed five themes, or pillars, in tutor sessions across all levels; this should complement existing provision of this support through other means, such as employability modules. The difference here is that personal tutoring provides a sustained focus on these key areas throughout the programme. The five pillars of personal tutoring are outlined below.
A resource has been developed to help schools plan where and how these five pillars might feature in personal tutoring through undergraduate and postgraduate taught student journeys.

Here is the Personal Tutoring – Mapping the Student Journey – 2015


The Five Pillars of Personal Tutoring

We provide proactive and responsive general support for students academic and pastoral needs. This includes helping students understand and manage the implications of any personal circumstances on their academic progress and success. We will support students to identify where their strengths and weaknesses are in terms of academic study skills and take up opportunities to develop these, such as through learning development workshops offered by The Library or the English Language Centre. We will support students to reflect holistically on the various pieces of feedback they have received formally and informally on assessed work, and identify steps they can take to improve their performance in future assessments and move into the next grade band (i.e. from a 2:2 to a 2:1). We will support students to consider their career ambitions and how they can make the most of the support on offer to achieve those ambitions. We will encourage students to engage with extra-curricular opportunities beyond their programme to develop transferable skills, build social networks and contribute to the development of the University.


Support for Personal Tutors

Senior Tutors:

Each School has a Senior Tutor who acts as your key local liaison for all things Personal Tutoring. To find out who your Senior Tutor is, please click here.

Supporting Students in Distress workshop:

This workshop has been developed for Personal and Senior Tutors and aims to:

  • To introduce members of staff to practical strategies for dealing with students who are in distress
  • To raise awareness of the support services the University can offer students in this situation
  • To highlight the support mechanisms that the University provides for members of staff who deal with students in crisis

It is run by Jacqueline Mayer and Roger Bretherton. You can see the upcoming workshop dates and sign up through the HR Staff Development page.

Careers & Employability:

Although one of the pillars focusses on careers support, Personal Tutors are not envisaged as becoming guidance practitioners, but as able to signpost resources and raise queries around employability at appropriate times. The Careers & Employability team has developed a number of resources and mechanisms for support including:

  • Specific resources you can use with your tutees can be found here
  • Further information and guidance on their website
  • Support and advice from College Careers Advisors:

College of Arts: Helen McCarron

College of Science: Elizabeth Rundle

LIBS: Judy Turner

College of Social Science: Rebecca Wills

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