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Covid-19 Advice for Tutors

The Essentials pages have lots of useful advice for students. They are updated regularly, so please base any advice you give students on what is published there. In the Support & Wellbeing section there is information about how different university services are operating at the moment. The Careers Service, Student Welfare Team and Counselling and Wellbeing Service have additional information on their own pages.

A Wellbeing Toolkit for Students is also available on the Essentials pages.

UK Advising & Tutoring (UKAT) have some useful resources on their website to support tutors with moving to remote tutoring. These are free to anyone, and include an online course around tutoring students online, and a series of webinars over the next few weeks. A recording of a previous webinar “Tutoring Online” is also available.

It would be a good idea to keep in regular contact with your tutees at this time, and to make sure that if you are unavailable they know who to contact. Tutor meetings can be run online or by phone using whatever platform you feel comfortable with. Blackboard Collaborate and Teams are two examples:

Bb Collaborate

For tutorials, tutors can set up a Blackboard Practice Course automatically (if they don’t already have one) and set up Bb Collaborate sessions from this and email out the guest link for students to join online.

Set up a practice course

Setting up scheduled sessions


Teams meetings

If tutors want to use Teams, the students emails have now been added to the system to make it easier to invite them and tutors can create an appointment from their Outlook calendars.


Schedule a Teams meeting from Outlook

Join a Teams meeting

Share a screen in a Teams meeting




What is an Academic Tutor?

Academic Tutors act as a key contact for their tutees within their School / Department, establishing proactive, effective and long-lasting relationships that promote positive engagement within the academic community.

Academic Tutors work in partnership with their tutees to support their academic, personal and professional development through proactive relationships and structured academic conversations informed by student data (e.g. RISIS Tutor Card) and by signposting students to specialist central services for ongoing pastoral support as appropriate.

This approach allows Academic Tutors to focus on their area of expertise, helping students to achieve academic success and develop the essential graduate attributes for employment/further study.

Read more about the role of the Academic Tutor.

Referral Flowchart

What to do in an emergency

Student Support Escalation Process (what to do  if you are concerned that a student appears distressed, is behaving differently from usual, or may pose a threat to themselves or others)

Students in crisis

Death of a student

Safety and Security

Guide for Tutors