Our revised university policy on personal tutoring for taught students outlines a number of baseline commitments which we will support schools to achieve over the coming two-three years, including:
  • We will allocate tutor groups prior to arrival and ask that Personal Tutors make first contact ahead of the start of term so that students understand how central personal tutoring is to studying at Lincoln;
  • Students will first meet their Personal Tutor and the rest of their tutor group early in the first week (Welcome Week for September intakes);
  • Personal Tutors will hold at least one individual meeting and two tutorial group meetings in term one and term two of each academic year;
  • Tutorial group meetings will be formally timetabled and considered a mandatory element of the programme. They should be additional to core teaching contact hours;

Read the full Student Support & Tutoring Policy (June 2014) here

What Personal Tutoring Covers

Personal tutoring will always be responsive but we have committed to using it proactively too. Across all schools we are looking 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. We have outlined the five pillars of personal tutoring below.

We have developed a resource to help schools plan where and how these five pillars might feature in personal tutoring through undergraduate and postgraduate taught student journeys.
You can download the resource here.



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.

Updates and Announcements

Date Update
June 2015 Senior Tutors and Personal Tutors are asked to plan ahead and prepare for making initial contact with their new tutees one or two weeks before the start of term in September. This will immediately follow Senior Tutors allocating students into groups in early September after Clearing.
June 2015 ICT Services have confirmed a shortlist of potential suppliers for our new Student Management System. This will include a view for personal tutors and some additional functionality to help record meetings and make referrals. We will keep Senior / Personal Tutors updated on the final decision which is expected in September 2015.
May 2015 Senior Tutors are confirming a date for school-based workshops on the refreshed approach to personal tutoring. Please see below for a full list of confirmed dates.

Resources Senior Tutors Personal Tutor Dashboard Event Calendar