Learning and Teaching Enhancement Mentoring Strand

Who is it for?

The learning and teaching mentoring strand is for university staff newly appointed in learning and teaching lecturing and support roles, experienced lecturing and learning and teaching support staff wishing to gain mentoring in specific areas of expertise and university staff with to develop academic leadership and is voluntary and widely accessible across university staff engaging in, or planning to engage in research ensuring equality and diversity of access. 

 

Colleagues who engage as mentors within the learning and teaching enhancement 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 HEA through ALPINE.

 

Mentoring Cycle

It is expected that a mentoring relationship will last between 6 months to 1 year, and have well defined objectives. At the end of the agreed period of mentoring the mentor and mentee will review and evaluate the process and assess whether objectives have been met. If the mentor and mentee decide further mentoring would be beneficial, they are free to enter a new cycle after setting fresh objectives.

 

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 learning and teaching enhancement 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/271 

 

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 the university for the research mentee group and the areas of benefit for mentees.

Mentee Group

Indicative roles at UHI

Potential Areas of Benefit

Early Career Educators

 

New further education (FE) and higher education (HE) lecturers.

 

Those new to module leadership.

 

Postgraduate students and other colleagues beginning to assume learning and teaching responsibilities.

 

Newly appointed colleagues with learning and teaching responsibilities.

  • Confidence building.
  • Pointers to relevant professional development and coaching.
  • Familiarisation with the tertiary education sector and landscape.
  • Familiarisation with UHI.
  • Skills development/enhancement.
  • General career advice and planning

Experienced staff wishing to gain mentoring in specific areas of expertise

 

Further education (FE) and higher education (HE) lecturers.

 

Module and programme leaders.

 

Experienced colleagues with responsibilities for developing and delivering – or supporting the development and delivery of - learning and teaching.

 

Colleagues with responsibility for curriculum design and development.

  • Guidance on where to start.
  • Pointers to relevant professional development and coaching.
  • Skills development/enhancement.
  • General career advice and planning.

Academic Leadership

 

Colleagues seeking career progression to senior academic and academic-related roles.

 

Colleagues newly appointed to senior academic and academic-related roles.

  • Confidence building and coaching.
  • Pointers to relevant professional development and networking.
  • Identifying and planning leadership opportunities.
  • Leadership career advice and planning.

 

Who should I contact with enquiries?

If you enquiry is related to the mentoring system Sumac or the mentoring process hen please contact mentoring@uhi.ac.uk.  If you enquiry is specifically related to the learning and teaching enhancement mentoring strand then please contact the lead for this strand, Ann Tilbury ann.tilbury@uhi.ac.uk

 

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