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  • As a truly university-wide institution we are here for the whole community and delighted to serve your needs. Below you can find information relevant to Academic Tutors and those seeking to develop opportunities between their School/Department and the IWLP.

  • Academic Tutors

    Academic Tutors act as a key contact for their tutees within their School / Department, establishing proactive, effective and long-lasting relationships that promote positive engagement within the academic community. Academic Tutors play a crucial role in upholding and embedding the principles of the Academic Tutor System, working in partnership with their tutees to support their academic, personal and professional development through proactive relationships and structured academic conversations informed by student data (e.g. RISIS Tutor Card) and by signposting students to specialist central services for ongoing pastoral support as appropriate (Appendix 1). This approach allows Academic Tutors to focus on their area of expertise, helping students to achieve academic success and develop the essential graduate attributes for employment/further study.


    At appropriate points in the student journey, Academic Tutors are responsible for providing support across the following themes: 


    Academic support and study skills: Academic Tutors assist students to reflect on their academic progress to date, including working with students to identify their strengths and weaknesses in relation to academic study skills and encouraging students to make plans and/or take up opportunities to develop these (e.g. Study Advice, Liaison Librarians, Maths Support, English Language Support, etc.). Academic Tutors also help students to make decisions in relation to their course and to connect with other academics in their field of study. 


    Assessment & feedback: Academic Tutors support students to review and reflect holistically on feedback they have received on assessed work, developing their ability to build on knowledge and progress successfully. Academic Tutors work with students to identify consistent patterns in feedback (e.g. poor referencing/structure, insecure research base, etc.) and discuss the steps they can take to improve their performance in future assessments. 


    Careers & employability: Academic Tutors discuss students’ career ambitions and employability goals. Encouraging students to work towards establishing and realising those goals whilst at Reading, including: signposting relevant opportunities (e.g. gaining work experience, careers training participation, study abroad, student societies, volunteering, etc.); helping students to identify and overcome barriers through tutor referral to specialist Careers support; and reflecting on progress made to maintain motivation and build resilience. When requested, Academic Tutors write references for students. 


    Engaging beyond the programme: Academic Tutors raise awareness of extra-curricular opportunities to encourage students to engage beyond their programme to develop transferable skills, build social networks and contribute to the development of the University (e.g. Course/School Representatives, discipline societies, STaR Mentoring, sports clubs/societies, etc.). 


    Specialist support services: Academic Tutors establish proactive and effective relationships with their tutees that help to identify student support needs and refer students to specialist support services as appropriate.


    Academic Tutors are expected to maintain regular contact with their tutees, meeting with them at least once a term (in addition to the meeting that must take place during Welcome Week) to reflect 4 University of Reading (2015/16), Curriculum Framework. ©University of Reading 2018 Wednesday 30 May 2018 Page 4 on their academic progress and personal and professional development. Academic Tutors also liaise with other members of academic and student support staff as appropriate to support students’ academic, personal and professional development, including acting as a key contact for professional services staff providing support to their tutees.


    Academic Tutors are not responsible for: 


    Resolving administrative problems relating to a students’ studies (e.g. timetabling, submission issues, etc.) but should direct students to the appropriate place for further guidance (e.g. Student Support Coordinator). 


    Providing counselling or specialist advice but should refer students to the appropriate specialist support service on campus (e.g. finance, VISA, counselling etc.). 


    Replacing subject-specific academic staff in providing specialist academic guidance on all aspects of the student's programme of study but should advise on how to get guidance, including connecting students to other academics in their field of study.

  • Opportunities with IWLP

    Employability and internationalisation are certainly themes that your School has addressed. We probably already receive many of your students who enjoy the opportunities offered by our language modules, available for credit but also as a non-credit option. But maybe there are other things we could do for you or your students?


    In 'Why learn a language?' you will find a reminder of the benefits of language learning in terms of employability and internationalisation.


    If you think that more of your students would benefit from IWLP or if you want to explore the feasibility of an extended or more flexible provision, do get in touch. We might be able to explore new paths of collaboration. If you are about to embark on a new project and you think that IWLP might be able to assist, we would be delighted to hear from you, contact our Programme Director, Dr Chiara Cirillo:


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