Strategic contribution

The PAT role provides a significant contribution to the strategic objectives of the University which state that:

“We will be recognised for the quality of our students’ experience and for their achievement. Our worldwide reputation will be built upon our innovative approach to learning and our distinctive research and curriculum, enriched by the people, natural environment, economy, culture and heritage of our region and its communities.  We will be locally based, regional in structure and have national and international reach”. (2015: 3) 

The University’s strategic plan contains five critical performance indicators (CPIs) which directly link to the role of a PAT.  These are:

Student satisfaction Baseline (2013/14) Target (2019/20)
CPI 3a National Student Survey (UK higher education) 3% below Scottish average overall satisfaction (84% / 87%) 2% above Scottish average overall satisfaction
CPI 3b National College Satisfaction and engagement student survey (Scotland)   2% above Scottish average overall satisfaction
Student attainment Baseline (2013/14) Target (2019/20)
CPI 5a Attainment of higher education students 2669 awards 10% increase in awards
CPI 5b Percentage of full-time education students successfully completing their course 66.1% (compared to 66% nationally) At least maintain at sector average
CPI 9 Progression from further to higher education 34% 40%
Widening access Baseline (2013/14) Target (2019/20)
CPI 9 Progression from further to higher education 34% 40%

PATs also support students at important transition points during their learning journey. These transition points can be from leaving school to enrolling in further or higher education; from further education to higher education and from under-graduate to post graduate degree programmes. Each transition brings with it a number of challenges and a PAT can play a vital role in supporting a student to make these progressions.

Students graduating

The National Student Survey (NSS)


'The National Student Survey (NSS) is a national survey which has been conducted by Ipsos MORI annually since 2005. It gathers opinions from final year undergraduates (i.e. HND/3rd Year Degree/4th Year Hons) on the quality of their courses. Aimed at current final year students, the survey asks undergraduates to provide honest feedback on what it has been like to study their course at their institution as well as areas that they feel could be improved. The NSS is conducted on an annual basis with The University of the Highlands and Islands taking part for the first time in 2013'

Full National Student Survey Report (2014: 5).

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About these resources

About these resources

The University’s Student Support team and the Educational Development Unit (EDU), have worked together to create this resource of interactive guidance materials, designed to support Personal Academic Tutors throughout the university colleges and research institutes carry out their duties and responsibilities effectively.

This resource is designed to be viewed online, but it can also be downloaded as a PDF document. . A number of small sections can be printed separately and these are indicated by the print icon. It can be viewed on any device type or operating system. A headset and speakers will be required for the audio and video content. The resources have been structured around the four broad roles of a Personal Academic Tutor:

  • Academic advice
  • Signposting and referrals
  • Online module selection
  • Student withdrawal

Acknowledgements

Acknowledgements

The resources have been developed with the support of many staff outside of the project team including many contributions from existing PATs. The project team are proud of the fact that the resource that has emerged from current practice at UHI.

A number of staff contributed to the content of these resources – some provided source content; some provided advice and guidance and others reviewed the content for quality; accuracy and appropriateness.

Members of the project team were

Ian Horne – Ian.Horne@uhi.ac.uk
Evelyn Campbell Evelyn.Campbell.ic@uhi.ac.uk
Matt Sillers Matt.Sillers.ic@uhi.ac.uk
Valerie Innes Valerie.Innes@uhi.ac.uk
Heather Fotheringham Heather.Fotheringham@uhi.ac.uk

If you have any queries about the PAT role please contact:

Ian Horne - Ian.Horne@uhi.ac.uk 01595 771251
Michaela Gilmore Michaela.Gilmore@uhi.ac.uk 01463 27927

Encountering a problem

Encountering a problem

If you encounter any problems in using the material, please contact the EDU (email: edu@uhi.ac.uk) stating:

  • The name of the resource
  • The nature of the problem
  • The section of the material where the problem occurred
  • Which internet browser you are using.  This information can be found by going to - http://detectmybrowser.com/

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Disclaimer

UHI provides links to external sources of information and may refer to specific Web sites, products, processes or services within this resource. Such references are examples and are not endorsements and whilst every effort is taken to ensure the accuracy of information provided UHI is not responsible for any of the content or guidance. You are advised to exercise caution.

Information on social media websites may also be provided. Staff using social media websites must comply with the University’s social media policy. It is recommended that you fully understand the terms and conditions of use before using these sites and that you take steps to protect personal or sensitive data.

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