Based on our collective recent experiences, the 2022 UKAT Annual Conference will explore how we might reimagine advising/tutoring so that it is more relevant to students, more effective at helping all students and institutions to achieve their intended outcomes, and more efficient in its operation. The conference will focus on five key themes:
- Digital technology - how can our experiences of the widescale adoption of digital technology and the pivot to online learning inform the future role of technology in advising and tutoring?
- Identity – how can advising and tutoring support student and cohort identity development?
- Community – how can advising and tutoring support learning communities, and build the sense of belonging that is important to student success?
- Equality, Diversity and Inclusion – what role does advising and tutoring have in enhancing equality and inclusion in higher education, and in enhancing success for all students?
- Student-Centred Transformation – higher education is transformative, but how can advising and tutoring empower students and give them agency in the transformation that they experience through their education?
The Call for Proposals is now open. Full details of session formats can be found on the Call for Proposals page of the conference website and the call closes on 6 January 2022. We strongly recommend you consider submitting a proposal to the conference.We recognise that it may be challenging for members to attend an in-person conference during the 2021-22 academic year due to funding and travel restrictions, and the pressures of continuing to deliver flexible blended learning to students. We have therefore decided that the 2022 UKAT Annual Conference will be an online conference to make it as accessible as possible to all who are interested in attending. For those who are able to meet in person, we are trying to arrange in-person, one day pre-conference study day to be held on Friday 1 April. Watch out for more details coming soon! Delegate registration for the conference and study day will open early in 2022.