What PATs do

PATs are a member of the university's academic teaching staff, support staff or Learning Centre manager. It is normally expected that a PAT would be educated to at least one SCQF level above their module responsibility or be a member of the Higher Education Academy or hold a TQFE or equivalent qualification. Some university partners may not be able to provide PATs with these qualifications and if this is the case academic the partner may be asked to confirm a PAT is sufficiently experienced in providing academic support to students.

PATs are often:

  • A member of academic staff, support staff or Learning Centre manager acting as a PAT for a number of students who are studying a number of subjects. This is often the case in smaller Academic Partners who provide HAP facilities for a number of students but are not directly responsible for teaching the courses. In the latter instance signposting students to programme leaders for specific academic queries may be required.
  • Lecturers on the students programme in question or a related subject area.

Whilst a PAT will often be a subject expert in their students' programme of study a PAT is not expected to bring that subject expertise to bear for all modules on the course. When subject specific questions arise, the PAT's agreed responsibility is to refer the student to the Module Leader, co-deliverer or Programme Leader if appropriate. A PAT's responsibility tends to fall into four broad areas of student support:

  1. Academic advice to students
  2. Signposting and referral
  3. Online module selection
  4. Student withdrawal

The following sections will look at each of these areas in turn and provide guidance and resources for you and for the students you provide support to.

Erika Sutherland, MLitt Archaeological Studies at the Orkney
College UHI campus

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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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