What is the Personal Academic Coach?
Personal Academic Coaching has a key and proactive role to play in the transition to University life and in supporting students through various stages of their journey, helping them to achieve their goals. It is a part of the University's commitment to an empowering academic experience, and, in line with our learning teaching and assessment Strategy, will support progression as independent learners and successful individuals.
In the first term, the work of the Personal Academic Coach includes helping our students to settle into studies, and becoming established as part of their course and University community. Later on, the work will involve raising their engagement with the wider opportunities available at the University including employability, co-curricular and volunteering opportunities.
The Personal Academic Coach has replaced our Personal Tutor role and process.
Why a coaching approach?
Coaching emphasises the type of relationship that we want to foster, one in which our students are helped to develop:
It does this through an emphasis on the students' agency, and encourages self reflection, goal setting and reflection on habits of learning, and their own strategies.
Our expectation is that the PAC provides holistic academic support for students, which allows them to join the dots on their progress across their modules and wider engagement. The core responsibilities of PACs as part of normal academic practice are to:
The PAC should not: