ALPINE Mentoring Strand

Who is it for?

The ALPINE mentoring strand is voluntary and is widely accessible across the university for staff engaging with the portfolio route on ALPINE (Accredited Learning, Professional development and Innovation in Education), the university framework for awarding Associate Fellow, Fellow and Senior Fellow of the HEA (Higher Education Academy).

University colleagues who are applying for Principal Fellow directly to the HEA can also be mentored through the university mentoring scheme.

 

Mentoring Cycle

The ALPINE mentoring process operates around the duration of an ALPINE application process, at the end of which the mentee will submit an ALPINE application to the ALPINE Recognition Panel.  If the mentee is requested to submit additional evidence to the recognition panel then the mentoring relationship may continue with the mentor and mentee deciding further mentoring until fellowship is awarded.

 

Registering to become a Mentor/and or Mentee on the Research Mentoring Strand

Please download and read the Introduction to the University of the Highlands and Islands Mentoring Scheme guide before registering on the mentoring system Sumac.  Once you have decided that you would like to register as a mentor and/or mentee on the ALPINE mentoring strand then please register your details in Sumac by following this link:
https://sumac.ac.uk/account/university-of-the-highlands-and-islands/scheme/270 

 

Benefits for the Mentor

  • Colleagues who engage as mentors within the ALPINE strand of the Mentoring Scheme may be able to use this experience in meeting the ‘leadership and mentoring’ element that is part of the evidence required when seeking recognition as a Senior Fellow Higher Education Academy (HEA) through ALPINE;
  • Development of interpersonal and communication skills;
  • Development of coaching, support skills and experience;
  • Opportunity to reflect on one’s own practice and affirm your own expertise and value of experience;
  • Increased self-awareness and being positively challenged;
  • Builds leadership/managing skills – without line management responsibility the mentoring focus is the person and not task focused;
  • Supports engagement and development;
  • Sense of achievement in helping someone else grow through mentoring.

 

Benefits for the Mentee

The table below provides an overview of indicative roles at UHI for the ALPINE mentee group and the areas of benefit for mentees.

Mentee Group

Indicative roles at UHI

Potential Areas of Benefit


Application for Associate Fellow of the HEA

Supporting learning and teaching

Colleagues in non-academic or academic-related roles (e.g. library staff, educational technologists, learning resource developers) or who have specific teaching responsibilities (e.g. graduate students).

  • Guidance on where to start.
  • Help to Identify evidence to put forward, including identifying two Areas of Activity in the UK Professional Standards Framework (UKPSF).
  • Guidance on how to map to (UKPSF).
  • Identifying CPD activities to engage in.
  • Support and guidance in application writing style.
  • Familiarisation of the application and review process.

Application for Fellow of the HEA

 

Good practice in learning and Teaching

Colleagues who are in lecturing and Module Leader roles, or who have other substantive responsibilities for learning and teaching.

  • Guidance on where to start.
  • Help to Identify evidence to put forward.
  • Guidance on how to map to the UK Professional Standards Framework (UKPSF).
  • Identifying CPD activities to engage in.
  • Support and guidance in application writing style.
  • Familiarisation of the application and review process.

Application for Senior Fellow of the HEA

 

Academic Leadership

Colleagues with substantial internal academic leadership responsibilities, including Programme Leaders, Subject Network Leaders, Academic and/or Student Support Team Leaders and those with a wider institutional role for learning and teaching

  • Guidance on where to start.
  • Help to Identify evidence to put forward, including the basis of the two leadership case studies.
  • Guidance on how to map to the UK Professional Standards Framework (UKPSF).
  • Identifying CPD activities to engage in.
  • Support and guidance in application writing style.
  • Familiarisation of the application and review process.

Application for Principal Fellow of the HEA

Strategic leadership with external impact

Colleagues who hold strategic academic leadership roles (e.g. Assistant and Depute Principals, Deans) or other roles with an internal and external impact on learning and teaching practice and policy.

  • Guidance on where to start.
  • Help to Identify evidence to put forward, including areas of educational impact.
  • Guidance on how to map to the UK Professional Standards Framework (UKPSF).
  • Identifying CPD activities to engage in.
  • Support and guidance in application writing style.
  • Familiarisation of the application and review process.

 

Who should I contact with enquiries?

If you enquiry is related to the mentoring system Sumac or the mentoring process  then please contact mentoring@uhi.ac.uk.  If you enquiry is specifically related to the ALPINE mentoring strand then please contact the lead for this strand, Alex Walker alpine@uhi.ac.uk

 

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