Academic advice to students

A key responsibility is to provide an informed response to academic studies queries at all points of engagement with the University from entry to post exit. Providing academic support is central to the role of a PAT and can make a significant contribution to the successful outcomes for a student.

Providing academic advice to students will vary, however there are a number of required minimum standards which are indicated below, but there's also a wide range of academic issues on which a student may seek advice from a PAT - for example study skills, academic writing and how to manage your time effectively.

A PAT meeting a student

Student support and guidance will be available at each academic partner college, and you should familiarise yourself with what is offered locally. In addition there are resources which are available to all University students. In the tabs below, you'll find resources to support you in providing this advice to students.

Advisory sessions

Advisory sessions

It is expected that PATs conduct an introductory meeting with their students in the starting semester each year as part of an extended induction to the university and the specific course/year of study.

In addition they should provide a minimum of one academic advisory session on an individual basis, where academic progress is reviewed per student each semester. Records of these meetings must be kept in confidence and made available to others only with students' permission. Concern over academic progress is to be discussed and actioned as appropriate. PATs should particularly ensure that those students who do not receive face to face teaching within their HAP are communicated with on a regular basis.

Academic standards and quality regulations

Avoidance of plagiarism

Avoidance of plagiarism

The avoidance of plagiarism and copyright issues are crucial for students.

University students are expected to cite and reference any sources appropriately and are warned that a failure to acknowledge someone else's intellectual property is regarded as plagiarism. There are a range of resources to support students to fulfil their responsibilities in this area. These are available from the University's How to web page which contains the following links:

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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/

Disclaimer

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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