Academic personal tutoring development opportunities

This page provides an overview of the development opportunities which will be available to academic personal tutors (APT) throughout the academic year. The provision is listed chronologically by month and will be updated when additional opportunities become available, and sessions will be promoted too once booking is open so pleased look out for announcements e.g. via the all staff eNews, MS Teams channels and on Twitter @UniLeedsODPL.  

Current development opportunities for APTs

November 2022

GRIT Workshop: Building a relationship-based approach to working with students – Wednesday 9 & Thursday 10 November

Book your place on a two-day workshop looking at building a relationship-based approach to working with students. This workshop takes place on Wednesday 9 November and Thursday 10 November 10am – 4pm in Chemistry and Chemistry West Block: Seminar Room 1 (1.35). It is designed for academic personal tutors and colleagues working in student support roles. The workshop provides colleagues with an opportunity to reflect on your practice and utilise coaching tools and techniques for personal tutoring. In the sessions, there is a focus on self-exploration as the essential underpinning to creating a relationship of support with others. Whilst there will be a coaching model introduced, the main focus is on better recognising your own patterns and how they can interrupt the building of positive relationships. It focuses on the ‘being’ rather than the ‘doing’. This session will be provided by GRIT, an external company we work closely with on student workshops.

Book your place on the building a relationship-based approach to working with students workshop.

December 2022 

Building authentic tutor/tutee relationships – Thursday 8 December, 10–11am

This session, for new and experienced APTs, will explore ways of building authentic relationships. We will explore what might be meant by the term ‘authenticity’ in the context of higher education and APT more specifically, given it is often listed/cited as a key attribute of effective APT (see e.g. UKAT). There will be discussion around the potential benefits of authenticity and how it connects to APT practice. We will also consider some of the challenges we face as students and staff in engaging authentically and will have opportunity to consider how to develop our own practice to embrace authenticity on our own terms.  Book your place on this workshop looking at building authentic tutor/tutee relationships

January 2023 

Introduction to Academic Personal Tutoring – Wednesday 11 January, 2:30–3:45pm

Are you new to academic This session is for session will consider key aspects of the academic personal tutor role at the University of Leeds such as the boundaries of the role, referrals, facilitating sense of belonging and resources/support for academic personal tutors. The second part of the session will be a Q and A session to explore the role and respond to any queries you may have before outlining resources and sources of support. 

The OD&PL Training Catalogue provides further details of the session, including how to book.

Summer 2023 

APT student panel  – Date TBC

This session will explore academic personal tutoring through the student lens. A panel of students from a range of Schools, Faculties and backgrounds will share their reflections of academic personal tutoring, both positive and negative, and draw on their diverse experiences as they respond to your questions. The session is designed to facilitate authentic and honest conversations around academic personal tutoring between staff and students to support us in developing our APT practice. Further details of this session, including the link to book, will be available shortly. 

Additional provision

This section provides details of related sessions which will be relevant to APTs.

Student Success Forum

The Student Success Forum provides a space to discuss strategic or operational changes that empower or enable colleagues to introduce discussion or changes to work practices in their respective areas. Visit the Student Success Forum SharePoint site to find out more and sign up to the Student Success mailing list to receive calendar invites.

Access and Success Insight Sessions

These sessions provide University staff with updates on Leeds’ commitment to the Access and Student Success Strategy. Focusing on a different topic each month, sessions equip staff with practical information and provide a supportive environment for colleagues to meet and network with others from across the University. The Access and Success Insight Sessions are advertised about a month in advance. To sign-up for the sessions please email:

Additional resources

These are links to further resources which you may find useful:

Year-round welcome 

  • Welcome Hub (previously known as the Here & Now hub on the corporate site)
  • Welcome comms toolkit (launched as part of the new Student Comms and Engagement SharePoint site)

 UKAT (United Kingdom Advising and Tutoring association)

UKAT supports practice and research in advising and personal tutoring. The UKAT website provides resources, details of forthcoming events and provides accreditation for APTs.  Details of relevant events will be shared. 

OD&PL training and events

Browse current OD&PL training and events which are available to book now, visit the OD&PL training and events page.