Mentoring Scheme Week: Introducing the University Mentoring Scheme

This one hour webinar explained the recently re-launched University Mentoring Scheme including how to register as a mentor/mentee on one of the three mentoring strands; research, learning and teaching enhancement and ALPINE, and the support available to mentors to enhance their mentoring skills and help manage mentoring relationships.

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The university has successfully offered the Mentoring Scheme for a number of years, with a focus on research mentoring led by Dr Melanie Smith at Inverness College UHI. During this time, other university wide areas of mentoring have developed including the mentoring offered through the ALPINE professional recognition framework, to support colleagues in achieving Associate/Fellow/Senior/Principal Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy.
To support mentoring activities in these and other important areas, the university Mentoring Scheme has now been expanded to offer three distinct stands of mentoring:

  • Research Mentoring (strand lead Dr Melanie Smith)
  • Learning and Teaching Enhancement Mentoring (strand lead Ann Tilbury)
  • ALPINE Mentoring (strand lead Alex Walker)

The expanded mentoring scheme is now open, and is being co-ordinated through the Learning and Teaching Academy.


Ann Tilbury

Ann’s professional background is in human resources and learning and development, with previously experience at Birbeck College, University of London and the BBC.   In 2011, Ann joined the Educational Development Unit as Academic Skills Developer to lead the provision of skills enhancement opportunities for teaching staff engaged in EDU projects.  

In April 2018 Ann joined the Learning and Teaching Academy with a remit to take forward learning and teaching professional development.  This includes leading on the learning and teaching enhancement strand of the mentoring scheme; taking forward the engagement with academic partner colleges to support learning and teaching enhancement and the implementation of the graduate attributes.  

Ann is interested in leadership theory and practice particularly in the tertiary education sector.  She  completed a Masters in Leadership and Management in 2015 and a Post Graduate Certificate in Teaching and Learning in Tertiary Education in 2016. She is a fellow of the HEA and has mentored others to gain accreditation.

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.


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