Personal Academic Tutors (PATs) are members of academic staff that provide students with support and guidance on several topics related to their academic experience and is there to ensure all students are listened to, responded to, and given clear guidance and support on all matters of their academic experience.
The University have a student guide on PATs (attached), but we have broken down some of the key points below to outline what you should expect from your PAT. If you have feedback on your PAT experience, good or bad, do let us know by using one of our 3 feedback mechanisms: Talk to your Rep, Feedback Online or Attend a Meeting.
Who’s your PAT?
- You should be able to see who your PAT is on e-vision
- Your PAT should be assigned within 2 weeks of you starting your academic year
- Your PAT may change year on year
- You’ll have a PAT if you are an undergraduate and postgraduate student studying on a course carrying 60 academic credits or more in one academic year.
- You should meet with your PAT at least 3 times a year (approx. 60 minutes per academic year)
- For new students (first years), your first PAT meeting should be within three weeks of starting
- For returning students, the first PAT meeting would typically take place within the first six weeks
- Usually, the first meeting will be a group tutorial
- PAT meetings can be held individually or as a group
- PAT meetings can be either online or face-to-face
- Information given to PATs is confidential unless you have agreed that the information can be shared, or a safeguarding or legal issue is identified which requires disclosure
If you have feedback on your PAT experience, good or bad, do let us know by using one of our 3 feedback mechanisms: Talk to your Rep, Feedback Online or Attend a Meeting.