Professor Michael Draper

A Swansea University academic has received an Outstanding Contribution award in recognition of his work in supporting the United Kingdom Advising and Tutoring Association (UKAT).

Professor Michael Draper of the Hillary Rodham Clinton School of Law, and Director of the Swansea Academy of Inclusivity and Learner Success (SAILS), accepted the Outstanding Contribution to UKAT award during an online ceremony on Wednesday 31 March.

Founded in 2015, UKAT is a higher education association for professional practitioners and researchers interested in all aspects of student advising and personal tutoring in higher education in the UK. As a charitable trust, it promotes student success by advancing the field of student advising and tutoring, and works with key stakeholders including members, higher education institutions, students and parents to enhance academic advising and personal tutoring practice.

The Outstanding Contribution award is conferred annually to an individual who has shown outstanding dedication to, and commitment in, supporting the work of UKAT to enhance advising practice.

Professor Draper has supported UKAT for many years, covering everything from helping to develop and support their recognition process, to participating in working groups, featuring as a panellist, and advocating for UKAT at every opportunity.

Professor Draper was nominated by the CEO of UKAT, Dr David Grey, and the nomination was agreed by their awards committee, in recognition of his ongoing contribution to furthering UKAT’s mission.

On receiving his award, Professor Draper said: “I am grateful to be nominated for this outstanding contribution award by the Chief Executive of UKAT and honoured to accept it at their annual international conference.

“UKAT are dedicated to the professional development of colleagues in higher education in support of student success, which aligns with one of the key elements of the learning and teaching mission of Swansea University and the working partnership between students and staff at this institution which has been the subject of numerous other accolades and external recognition.”

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