- Offer appropriate guidance whilst fostering the development of students’ independent learning strategies
- Respect confidentiality
- Review academic progress and support personal/professional development planning
Review academic progress and support personal development
The PDT should assist students in their academic development whilst at university providing general feedback on academic performance and offering appropriate guidance whilst fostering the development of students’ independent learning strategies. This would be linked to Personal Development Planning (PDP) activity, and the requirements relevant to this would depend on the particular programme and student need. As part of the PDP process, the PDT writes mutually agreed references for students.
The PDT relationship is built on trust and confidentiality. Students should be able to trust that PDTs will respect the confidential nature of the relationship, unless there is a requirement to disclose. Situations that may require disclosure are that the PDT has concerns about the well-being of the student or others, the student has a disclosed condition, or the student discloses or the PDT suspects a criminal offence. It is preferable to come to an agreement with the student about whom the information should be passed on. PDTs need to strike a balance between the rights to confidentiality against other obligations and should take advice as appropriate.
Under the terms of the Data Protection Act, students have the right to request access to most information held about them.