Personal & Academic Tutors
Your Personal and Academic Tutor (PAT) is the member of staff assigned to you to oversee your pastoral care and academic progress. Your PAT is available throughout the year, and should be your first point of contact for all advice, information or assistance of an academic or non-academic nature.
Director of Personal & Academic Tutoring
If you have an academic or personal problem which could affect your performance on the course, e.g. health, family, relationship, you should make sure your PAT knows about it. It is sensible to make an appointment since all staff have commitments that do not appear on the timetable, but if you think the matter is urgent please approach us at any time.
If you are unsure about who to approach, in the first instance try to see or e-mail your Personal & Academic Tutor, or if they are not available, your Year Tutor.
Who is my Personal and Academic Tutor?
You will be informed who your personal and academic tutor is. Your Personal & Academic Tutor will have a designated feedback & consultation hour during the Semester which you will be advised of once term is underway. They will also have a designated feedback and consultation hour during each semester that you will be able to book into for a one to one meeting about anything you wish to discuss with them.
What does a Personal and Academic Tutor do?
Your Personal & Academic Tutor can help you in many ways including but not limited to the explanations below. Click on the icons to find out more about the functions of a PAT.
- taking an interest in your motivation and goals
- explaining academic processes, expectations and values
- marking and give additional generic feedback
- module choice advice
- reviewing how to improve performance
- encouraging you to reflect on learning outcomes of completed modules and to articulate what you have learnt.
- encouraging you to reflect on learning across different modules within your programme of study
- encouraging you to reflect on legal skills
- encouraging you to participate in the research culture of the school, eg to attend research seminars
- encouraging you to participate in wider scholarly and professional communities
- encouraging you to get involved in encounters with other disciplines, eg going to events organised by other departments in the faculty o encouraging you to engage with Sheffield Volunteering or work experience opportunities
- (if you are an undergraduate) discussing HEAR-able activities, such as the Sheffield Graduate Award
- this does not have to be related to “problems”, for example, it might be discussing the transitions from school to university, between years and between university and the world of work
our Academic and Personal Tutor is the person who should be named as your academic referee. It is therefore in your interests to get to know him or her. S/he will make requests to see you throughout your studies – make sure you keep these appointments. The better your tutor knows you, the better equipped they will be to give you a meaningful reference when the time comes. The following points are suggested as good manners and good practice when asking members of staff (or indeed, anyone) for references. The School would like all students to follow this guide.
- Provide your personal tutor with your current CV.
- Keep your personal tutor well-informed about the jobs that you have applied for (provide a job description if possible) – if you would like your Tutor to provide a reference please advise them of the details of the position you have applied for.
- Ideally provide a copy of any application to your personal tutor.
- Keep your personal tutor up-to-date with your progress, especially where a job has been offered or accepted.
Please Note: We require your permission to release information about you within references.
Find Your PAT in myRecord
select the “myRecord” tab
scroll down the the “myRecord” sub-heading
look for the text “Check and amend your student details, including course information, U-card pin and address here“
click the word “here” to open the myRecord system
select “Course Information” from the left hand menu to view details, including the name of your Personal Tutor