Michael Merlin & Richard Blythe (Teaching Awards series)


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In this episode, Michael Merlin, a lecturer within the School of Engineering, and Richard Blythe, a professor of Complex Systems in the School of Physics and Astronomy, share good practice by discussing their nominations for the 2022 Personal Tutor of the Year. They begin by discussing: what actually is the role of a personal tutor? Michael mentions it being both “everything and nothing”, while Richard touches on how he views the supportive role.

Their conversation then expands to cover various aspects of the role. How has it changed during the pandemic/online learning? How does it interact with teaching and research? What's the relationship between personal tutoring and mentorship? And how did they each respond to their nominations? Throughout the episode, the thought and intentionality Michael and Richard bring to their roles are apparent, making this episode a must-listen for anyone interested in hearing about supportive roles, particularly within academia.


1:15 – Michael and Richard discuss what they consider the role of a personal tutor to be

2:50 – The two discuss: how has the scope of personal tutoring changed with the advent of virtual learning?

12:20 – Michael and Richard discuss connecting with students on a personal level, how personal tutoring interacts with their research and teaching, and their responses to their nominations


Music for this episode was provided by Hooksounds.

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