Developing Positive Personal Tutor Relationships

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This chapter explores one form of mentoring in higher education, namely the mentoring of students by their personal tutor. The role of personal tutor is taken on by members of academic staff and is typically focused on providing both pastoral and academic individualised support. Through a series of qualitative studies at a post-92 university, using focus sessions and interviews, I explore the relationship first-year students have with their personal tutors and how, in a competitive context, higher education institutions might seek to develop more positive student–personal tutor relationships.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationMentoring in Higher Education: Case Studies of Peer Learning and Pedagogical Development
EditorsClare Woolhouse, Laura Nicholson
Place of PublicationNew York
ISBN (Electronic)978-3-030-46890-3
ISBN (Print)987-3-030-46889-7
Publication statusPublished - 15 Dec 2020


  • Mentoring
  • Higher Education


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