Personal tutoring: a recognition of ‘levelness’ in the support for undergraduates

  • Laura Dixon Liverpool John Moores University
  • Tom Fletcher
  • Valerie O'Gorman
Keywords: personal tutoring, pastoral support, transition, progression


The changing terrain of higher education in the UK, and particularly the greater diversity of the student body, has undoubtedly led to the need for universities to provide greater support, both from frontline teaching staff and in the provision of extra institutional services.  Added to the mix are sectoral concerns for the wellbeing and welfare of the student.  It is therefore unsurprising that we are seeing a renewed focus on, and interest in, personal tutoring.  Taking a qualitative approach, we set out to explore the needs of undergraduate students, on an event management programme, in relation to personal tutoring.  Outlined in this paper are the different senses of personal tutoring as student transition through their course.