UCL Changemakers


ChangeMakers needed to enhance training of UCL personal tutors

10 February 2021

We are looking for two UCL students to provide input and leadership in developing and producing a new interactive workshop. On completion, you will receive £500.


We are looking for two UCL students to provide input and leadership in developing and producing a new interactive workshop to complement existing previsions for personal tutors, based in UCL Arena Centre for Research-based Education. 

This will focus on exploring a range of scenarios capturing real experiences of tutees, presented in new and authentic media, such as videos.

You will have access to existing UCL resources, participant feedback, and open access examples from other institutions.

Aim and intended outcomes

The overall aim of the project is to enhance the training and development of UCL personal tutors, to ensure that that all UCL undergraduates and postgraduates, regardless of their background, experience or stage of learning, are appropriately supported.

By the end of the project, we hope to have a development and run a new staff workshop in which personal tutors gain experience and confidence in applying and discussing skills/approaches, and to have drafted a case study. 

Responsibilities will include: 

  1. Working with Arena staff to develop engaging resources and activities to support personal tutors and students. 
  2. Reviewing existing Personal Tutor resources, and participant feedback. Combined with review of open access resources from other institutions to design a range of scenarios.  
  3. Developing and producing authentic scenarios in different media (e.g. email, video and audio formats). This will include ensuring that video/audio-based scenarios are accessible and inclusive. 
  4. Developing the workshop session for Personal Tutors, initially in an online format but with scope for future face-to-face version. 
  5. Undertaking other activities to contribute to the development of UCL Arena as requested by the line manager. 
  6. Attending staff meetings and training as required including an initial meeting with the UCL Arena Centre Team. 
  7. Presenting your work to UCL Arena Centre at the end of the project. 
  8. Work with UCL Arena Centre and other central departments, including Office Vice Provost Education & Student Affairs, Student Support & Wellbeing

Skills you will gain 

  • Experience of developing online and face to face learning resources 
  • Insight into Professional development through working closely with the UCL Arena Team 
  • Contribute to the overall success of UCL Arena and the experiences of staff and students engaged with it 
  • Develop resources that ensure the student voice and student perspective are included in UCL Arena provision 
  • Project management, leadership and teamwork 
  • Working with an innovative team who encouragement/support you to pursue own ideas 

Skills and experience 


  • Self-starter, ability to manage own workload 
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills 
  • Excellent I.T skills 
  • Experience of making high-quality videos and audio recordings 
  • Understanding of research-intensive higher education institutional culture and the role of personal tutoring and academic support within it 
  • Ability to build and maintain productive working relationships, both within the Arena Centre for Research-Based Education and across UCL, in support of shared objectives, and to contribute to collaborative working and a supportive team environment within the UCL Arena Centre 


  • Experience of ‘acting’ or presenting for video or audio recording 

Time commitment

You will be able to manage your own time around your studies. The duration of the project is two months, March - May 2021.

You will be required to commit no more than 25 hours per month. Upon successful completion, you will receive £500. 

How to apply

Complete the form and outline how you meet the requirements of this role by Monday 22 February, 12 pm. 

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Contact us

Please contact Valentina Barbaria, valentina.barbaria@ucl.ac.uk if you need more information about the role.