What is this project about?
Personal tutoring is an integral part of the ‘student experience’ and most students will have had a personal tutor at some point throughout their university career.
The question is, what do we actually know about real-life personal tutoring practice? What is the experience really like for students at Sheffield? Can we improve personal tutoring so that all students receive the support they need?
This is what the Raising Awareness, Raising Aspiration project is trying to find out. Our aim is to develop an improved approach to personal tutoring with a view to narrowing the attainment gap, particularly among students from Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) groups and lower-socio economic backgrounds.
One aim of the RARA project is to develop an ‘alternative guide to personal tutoring’, which is created for students, by students. This workshop aims to inform the content the alternative guides by facilitating discussions about personal tutoring and attainment gaps. Data collected during the workshop (e.g. written notes and comment cards) may be used to inform the wider research project, if you provide consent for your data to contribute to the project. If you choose to attend this workshop you will be provided with a consent form and asked to indicate which data, if any, you consent to be included in the research project. If you choose not to contribute to the research, you will still be able to attend the workshop. By registering for the event you are not consenting to join the research project. To view a copy of the consent form or for more information about the project, please visit
We want to know from you, the students, what your experiences of personal tutoring are and what could be done to support you.
Want to get involved?
Make A Zine, Make A Difference is a competition that is open to all students. We want you to make a zine about your experiences of personal tutoring which, if you win, could be published and distributed across the whole university.
And it isn’t all about winning, there will be a zine fair event at the union where shortlisted zines will be showcased to members of the public and students alike.
Come along to one of the informal workshops to find out more! Sign up via the Eventbrite links below:
WORKSHOP 1 – 9th May
WORKSHOP 2 – 10th May
At the workshops, you can learn how to make a zine, share your opinions and find out more about RARA. It doesn’t matter if you have never heard of a zine before, by attending the workshops and sharing your views you are making a difference.
Resources, snacks and refreshments will be provided.
It is fun, free and easy – what could be better?