The following resources have been provided to enable colleagues across the University to adopt and adapt as appropriate for their particular course.

For further information please contact:

Suzanne Horton Course Leader BA (Hons) Primary Initial Teacher Education

Jo Rouse College Director LTQE 

Further Reading

Further reading has been provided to support student engagement and attainment through the Personal Academic Tutoring system.




Lochtie, D., McIntosh, E., Stork, A., Walker, B. (2018) Effective Personal Tutoring in Higher Education. St. Albans: Critical Publishing.

Stork, A., Walker, B. (2015) Becoming an Outstanding Personal Tutor: Supporting Learners through Personal Tutoring and Coaching (Further Education). St. Albans: Critical Publishing.

Thomas, L. (2012) Building student engagement and belonging in higher education at a time of change: A summary of findings and recommendations from the What Works? Student Retention & Success programme. London: Paul Hamlyn Foundation.

Useful Websites


Professional Framework for Advising and Tutoring

Mental Health Foundation

Advance HE

Raising Awareness Raising Aspiration

Journal Articles

Hartley, M.T. 2011, Examining the Relationships Between Resilience, Mental Health, and Academic Persistence in Undergraduate College Students, Journal of American College Health, vol. 59:7, 596-604.

Kirk, G. (2018) Retention in a Bachelor of Education (Early childhood studies) course: students say why they stay and others leave, Higher Education Research & Development, 37:4, 773-787

Kerri‐Lee Krause & Hamish Coates (2008) Students’ engagement in first‐year university, Assessment & Evaluation in Higher Education, 33:5, 493-505

 Morrow, J. A., & Ackermann, M. E. (2012). Intention to persist and retention of first-year students: The importance of motivation and sense of belonging. College Student Journal, 46:3, 483–491.

O'Keeffe, P (2013), A sense of belonging: Improving student retention, College Student Journal, 47:4,  605-613

Tinto, V. (2006) Research and practice of student retention: what next? College Student Retention. 8:1, 1–19.