Publications

Books

This forthcoming book will provide a comprehensive collection of case studies in contemporary UK Higher Education Personal Tutoring and Academic Advising. It will build upon the success of Effective Personal Tutoring in Higher Education (2018) and advance this underdeveloped area through the sharing of effective practice. It is due to be published in Autumn 2021.

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Published in October 2018, this text draws on the transferable principles of my earlier book by illustrating and discussing their applicability to the higher education sector where personal tutoring is increasingly important.  It is co-authored with colleagues from the universities of Sheffield, Bolton and Derby with a foreword by Professor Liz Thomas (Professor of Higher Education at Edge Hill University).

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Becoming an Outstanding Personal Tutor-Front (1)

Published in October 2015, this book aims to define what effective personal tutoring is, as well as explain and demonstrate how to carry out the role effectively (through the context of further education).  It draws on empirical evidence and desk-based research.  Edited by Sue Wallace (Emeritus Professor of Education at Nottingham Trent University).

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Articles

Professional standards and recognition for UK personal tutoring and advising

Published in September 2020, this article discusses the need for professional standards for personal tutoring and advising along with the skills and competencies populating them. Additionally, the usefulness of pre-existing standards pertinent to tutoring work (such as the UKPSF) are evaluated and the value and recognition with which personal tutoring standards could be associated are advanced.

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Tackling the personal tutoring conundrum: A qualitative study on the impact of developmental support for tutors

Published in June 2020, this article examines the impact of the intervention of tailored professional development materials for personal tutoring. These were created in response to the challenges to effective delivery in the current HE climate. It reveals the usefulness of this work, discusses the implications for developmental support provision and calls for sectoral standards in personal tutoring.

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A Defining Moment in Personal Tutoring: Reflections on Personal Tutoring Definitions and Their Implications

Published in April 2018, this reflective think piece considers the contested nature of personal tutoring through a discussion of definitions.  Informed by critical pedagogy, it goes on to consider the important implications for organisations, lecturers and students.

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Measure Learner Performance on a Scale of 1 to 10

Published in December 2015, this article outlines the research I carried out with further education students on the influence of coaching conversations with personal tutors on perceptions of emotional wellbeing and progress.  It highlights key recommendations for teachers and personal tutors.

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