Mentoring Scheme Week: ALPINE Mentoring - what we have achieved and what the future looks like

This 45 minute session explored how ALPINE mentoring has provided a fundamental support to ALPINE applicants applying for recognition of the Higher Educational Academy (HEA).

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An Lochran Learning Lab, or through video conference

8 Remote access

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Alex Walker
tel: 279486

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Presented by Keith Smyth, Alex Walker and Scott Timpany this session explored how ALPINE mentoring has provided support to over 80 people to successfully gain recognition of the HEA.  Keith and Alex will also discuss how ALPINE mentoring might progress going forward.  Scott will share his experiences of both being mentored through his own ALPINE application before becoming a mentor himself, to support others through the application process.  This will be an interactive session, where participants will be encouraged to share their own experiences of mentoring through ALPINE.  We hope that people who have successfully gone through ALPINE and have not registered as an ALPINE mentor but have questions around mentoring might also be interested in this session.  



Professor Keith Smyth

Keith Smyth is Professor of Pedagogy at the university, and leads the Learning and Teaching Academy. Keith works with colleagues across the university on strategic learning and teaching developments, funded projects and supporting staff to engage in educational research. Much of this work is taken forward through the activities of the Learning and Teaching Academy.

Keith has particular interests in co-creative pedagogies and curriculum models, open education, technology-enhanced learning, educational strategy and policy, and developing pedagogic research and scholarship. He has written and presented widely in these areas, and has undertaken funded projects for organisations including the Higher Education Academy, JISC, Scottish Funding Council and NHS.

Contact Keith via or 01463 279471


Alex Walker

Alex was appointed professional recognition and development coordinator in May 2016.  Alex's main responsibilities include coordinating ALPINE (Accredited Learning, Professional Development and Innovation in Education) and supporting applicants throughout the ALPINE application process, as well as organising and coordinating events through which help to promote and support good practice in research, and learning and teaching across the university. 

Alex also coordinators the University Mentoring Scheme which offers a range of mentoring opportunities for all university colleagues through three distinct strands, comprising Research, Learning and Teaching Enhancement and ALPINE.  As well as coordinating the scheme Alex is the lead for the ALPINE strand.

Alex has worked supporting research, learning and teaching in education since graduating with a BA Hons at Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen in 2003.  Before starting at the university Alex worked in a similar role as coordinator of the Centre of Academic Development at the University of Aberdeen.  In May 2017 Alex achieved Associate Fellow of the HEA, which has helped to shape the support she offers ALPINE applicants.


Dr Scott Timpany

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