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Do students in UK Higher Education Institutions need personal tutors?

Lindsay, S. (2011). Do students in UK Higher Education Institutions need personal tutors?. Learning at City Journal, 1(1), pp. 40-45.


This paper critically analyses the role of Personal Tutoring (PT) as a mechanism for providing student support in Higher Education (HE) in the UK. The discussions presented will draw on the experiences of PT at City University, London (City), as well as the author’s own experiences as a student, to establish a better sense of what PT means today. Focus will be placed on the benefits and challenges of typical PT systems in HE, as influenced by widening participation policies and strategies to improve retention rates. In carrying out this analysis, this paper will conclude by arguing the case for PT to remain a necessary process, rather than be replaced entirely by central support departments.

Publication Type: Article
Subjects: L Education > LB Theory and practice of education
Departments: Professional Services > Learning, Enhancement and Development > Learning at City Journal
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