Personal Academic Coaching

Please note: this page is currently under development

What is Personal Academic Coaching?

Personal Academic Coaching provides students with support through a series of rich conversations with a Personal Academic Coach (or PAC for short!) regarding their overall academic and professional progress on their course.

A PAC supports students in “joining the dots” of different aspects of their chosen course and intended profession, monitoring regularly and aiding their academic progress, catching any other issues they have and referring them to appropriate support in Student Advice or Careers. This enhances their student experience, but also aids engagement and retention.

Following a successful Pilot in 2016 / 2017 all Faculties every First-Year Under-Graduate Students (Level 4, and Level 3 in some Faculties) will have a Personal Academic Coach. For those courses previously involved in the Pilot, this will continue.

When will I meet with Students?

Meetings take place three times a year:

  • During or shortly after Induction Period: This may be a group or individual meeting to agree expectations and timings of meetings for the year.
  • Before the end of Term 1: An individual student tutorial following Induction, Immersive Learning and first point of Assessment.
  • Before the end of Term 2: An individual student tutorial when the first half of the year is complete, and grades should be available.

Individual sessions will be of 20 to 30 minutes duration.

Who will help me do this?

You are supported by a series of training events in your Faculty, with follow up Drop-In sessions at the end of each Academic Term to discuss any issues you may have. Ongoing support will be provided by your Academic Subject Managers, Heads of Learning, Teaching and Student Experience, or designated Faculty PAC Co-ordinator.

Personal Academic Coaching Resources for Coaches and Trainers

Please click the following link to find out more about Resources for Personal Academic Coaches

Please click the following link to find out more about Resources for Trainers

Feel free to look at both areas, but all PACs must attend formal training.

Parallel to this core training will be sessions and resources on Learner Analytics from CELT, and Mental Health, DDS and Student Support Awareness from the Advice Zone.

For more information on the Research and Development of the Personal Academic Coaching project, please go to the PAC R&D page