Guidelines for Tutors on Academic Induction at Bath
An effective induction programme is essential in helping the transition of students into the academic culture of the University and into the learning environment of their discipline. The Personal Tutorial System actively supports the induction of students into the academic community and their academic studies.
The main purpose of academic induction is to highlight the wide diversity of skills that students are encouraged to develop whilst at University, to enhance their ability to undertake and be successful in their studies. These skills are generic rather than subject-specific, and are highly valued by employers. These skills are also classified as transferable, and include written and verbal communications skills, numeracy and IT skills, problem solving and team work. The aim of the Tutorial System is to ensure that students receive appropriate support and guidance to enable them to appreciate the relevance of these skills, and to identify the opportunities available to develop them. Whilst the development of many of these skills may be embedded in course units and linked to academic assignments, the role of the Personal Tutor is to support students in identifying skills they wish to develop, and signposting them to the various forms of support available.
These webpages provide a range of resources which Personal Tutors can use to support students' academic induction, including examples of good practice identified from the departmental Personal Tutorial System models.