Enhancing the role of Personal Tutor in professional undergraduate education

Faye Small


The personal tutor role can be multifaceted, capable of serving a variety of functions such as providing pastoral care and professional/clinical support, well beyond the more conventional support around academic issues. This paper will analyse the role of the personal tutor in serving all of these functions and explore the link between the personal tutor, the student, the university and professional practice. It will look at the use of personal development planning (PDP) as a mechanism to provide the link between these three areas. The students’ expectations and needs of personal tutoring, alongside considerations regarding those of personal tutors, will also be explored. The paper will conclude by considering how this understanding can be translated into practice.

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