Tertiary learning advisors in Aotearoa/New Zealand: Part 1

Building a profile of our profession


  • Catriona Cameron Lincoln University




professional identity, tertiary learning advising, higher education


Defining identity is important for any emerging profession, particularly so for tertiary learning advisors (TLAs) in the increasingly uncertain tertiary education environment in Aotearoa New Zealand.  In the past ten years, two national surveys of learning centres in tertiary institutions sketched the professional status of TLAs, based on data from managers; there has been little research, however, on individual TLAs’ perspectives of their professional status.  This paper reports on a project designed to address that gap.  The project results have been presented in a series of papers.  Part one ‘maps the profession’, by providing a profile of the demographic characteristics, prior career experience and qualifications of learning advisors in Aotearoa New Zealand.  In doing so, it highlights some challenges for recruiting, developing and retaining a sustainable professional cohort

Author Biography

  • Catriona Cameron, Lincoln University
    Learning Advisor Learning, Teaching and Library
Logo for Association of Tertiary Learning Advisors Aotearoa/New Zealand, representing map of New Zealand