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Personal tutor scheme

Whatever their field of study, each student at UCL is allocated a personal tutor as a single point of contact for the duration of their degree, whether undergraduate or taught Master's. Every member of teaching staff at UCL is expected to act as a personal tutor.

Personal tutors provide their tutees with:

  • General academic advice and feedback on progress
  • Guidance in broader learning and development, with self-assessment and planning via the UCL Personal and Professional Development System
  • Pastoral support, with referral to relevant services if needed
  • A written reference on request
Personal tutor

Tutors may have up to 20 student tutees at one time, from across the study years. They may need to help students with anything from essay-writing technique and using online learning facilities to potential career opportunities and choosing subject options. On the pastoral side, tutors might be involved in finding appropriate sources of help for students to cope with personal, financial or academic problems.

No central staff training is provided for the role, but the Personal Tutors' handbook provides comprehensive information about the knowledge, skills and understanding needed. It also contains suggestions on how tutorial sessions may be conducted and examples of departmental practice, as well as links to a forum where personal tutors can share ideas and experiences. Departmental tutors and experienced colleagues will also be a source of valuable advice and guidance.

Below, you can view a video of the Centre for the Advancement of Learning and Teaching (CALT)’s Rosalind Duhs training staff in personal tutoring:

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