Personal tutoring - Learning, Teaching and Assessment - University of Derby

Personal tutoring

“An army of principles can penetrate where an army of soldiers cannot” Thomas Paine

A Personal Tutor takes an active interest in the personal and professional development of an individual student and proactively and effectively intervenes to encourage engagement, personal development, attainment, and the realisation of potential.

Working in partnership with tutees, personal tutors encourage and support students in reflecting upon and monitoring progress, action planning, and in the development and maintenance of motivation and confidence.

Familiar with or closely connected to a student’s programme of studies, personal tutors provide a consistent source of guidance and advice about university systems and processes including supportive referral to other services when appropriate.

Whilst personal tutors do provide an important and responsive role in supporting students in difficulty, the personal tutoring process is by no means a purely demand-led or support-based process. Personal tutors introduce challenge and focus on enabling strategies designed to support effective personal and academic development.

Recognising the diversity of practice across university disciplines and subject areas, defined flexibility in the implementation of personal tutoring is recognised as key to effective practice. 

Further guidance

Further information about the principles and practice about effective personal tutoring is available or view our PDF on Personal Tutoring at at UoD.

What's Happening ...

Programme Performance Checks

Staff development sessions to help programme teams prepare for the new Programme Performance Checks are available at the different campus sites as listed below.

These are drop in sessions and you are asked to bring your own laptop.

4 October (Kedleston Road B117 08:30-12.30 and B105 12:15-17:30)

6 October (Britannia Mill BMLG05 & Buxton Campus DO/121b 08:30-12:30 DO/116d 12:15-17:00)

10 October (Kedleston Road S104 08:30-17:30)

11 October (Britannia Mill BM114 08:30-12:30 BM120 12:15-17:30 & Buxton Campus room DO/111a 08:30-17:30)