Mentoring Circles

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Mentoring circles

Mentoring circles are group mentoring sessions with a small number of participants (5-10), designed to be developmental and support colleagues to network with others who wish to develop in the same area.

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UK Professional Standards Framework (UKPSF) Mentoring Circles

ALPINE (Accredited Learning, Professional development and Innovation in Education) is the University of the Highlands and Islands institutional scheme for the professional recognition of practice in learning and teaching, supporting learning and teaching, and educational leadership in Higher Education.  The scheme recognises colleagues with HEA Fellowship from Advance HE and is supported through the Learning and Teaching Academy. ALPINE is open to all colleagues in the university who are in a learning and teaching role, learning and teaching related role, or leadership role that is Higher Education focused at SCQF level 7 upwards.

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If you have registered or are considering registering for ALPINE and would like to develop your knowledge of the UK Professional Standards Framework (UKPSF), the framework for benchmarking success within HE teaching and learning, then these short mentoring circle sessions might be of interest. The mentoring circles will run in semester one and are designed to support a small number of participants (5-10), who wish to develop knowledge of the three dimensions of the UKPSF. The UKPSF mentoring circles will be facilitated by colleagues (mentors) who have successfully gained Fellowships of the HEA from Advance HE.  There will be two mentors facilitating each mentoring circle who will provide examples of how they approached the UKPSF in their own applications for fellowship and offer guidance from their own experience of aligning their practice to the UKPSF. 

  • Areas of Activity: Graham Wilson Senior Fellow HEA, UHI Moray & Shari Kane Senior Fellow HEA, UHI Perth;
  • Core Knowledge: Keith Smyth Principal Fellow HEA, LTA & Kyla Steele Fellow HEA, UHI Argyll;
  • Professional Values: Tracy Kennedy Fellow HEA, UHI Inverness & Elizabeth McFarlane Fellow HEA, UHI Argyll.

Please email lta@uhi.ac.uk if you would like to register your interest and dates will be confirmed in early semester one and will suit the availability of mentors and participants.

Testimonials from previous mentoring circles

“during a time when almost everything has moved online and a lot of work days are filled with back to back virtual meetings, these are the ones I look forward to the most. I always come into them anticipating a golden nugget find, and, funnily enough, I always leave with at least one”

“I felt quite excited to put in practice some of the techniques the mentors shared with us!”

“We've all got experience or knowledge that can help others, even if we don't realise it. You might surprise yourself!”

“A very friendly environment for discussion of key themes associated with online learning and teaching. I would encourage anyone with an interest in developing their teaching to attend.”

Meet our mentors! content

Meet our mentors!

Meet our mentors!

Shari Kane

Shari Kane

Shari works with Perth College UHI as part of the Sport & Fitness team. Shari's main role, however, is to lead on 4 modules across the UHI partnership, 3 of which comprise the Work Placement Suite (levels 8-10). As part of this role, Shari is always looking for new and innovative ways to engage students, enhancing their academic experience whilst simultaneously upskilling them as future professionals in their chosen industry. A big part of this is to create module spaces, learning resources, and assessment practices that are flexible, industry-focused, and student-led – taking a step away from the ‘traditional’ model of teaching Work Placement.

Shari holds a BA Business Administration, and a BSc (Hons) Sport, Fitness and Exercise, and is in her final dissertation year of an MSc Physical Activity for Health. In conjunction with UHI Learning and Teaching Academy (LTA), Shari is currently in the process of completing her application for Senior Fellowship with Advance HE. Shari also recently received an LTA research scholarship focusing on the subject of flexible assessment menus, a research piece which is now underway.

In her own time, Shari delivers personal training to clients; volunteers for her local kindness group (completing admin, delivering shopping, collecting prescriptions, and making friendly phone calls, for the vulnerable and shielding members of her community); Shari is vice-president of education for Toastmasters International group, and she has just started as a Digital Champion volunteer for her local council supporting older adults and people with additional learning needs to use technology to engage with their world.

Tracy Kennedy

Tracy Kennedy

Tracy has an MLitt in the History of the Highlands and Islands and is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. Based in Inverness, she is Course Lead for Social Sciences at ICUHI, and is an experienced Personal Academic Tutor and lecturer. Tracy teaches across History and Drama at ICUHI and teaches from Levels 5 – 9. Tracy’s practice is focused on a student-centred approach to learning and teaching and she tries to empower students through education, finding that aspect of her work extremely rewarding. Tracy sits on the Equalities Committee at Inverness College UHI and is an advocate of LGBTQ rights.

Kyla Steele

Kyla began her career working in the early years at 17, and this is where her passion for children, learning and inclusivity developed. She worked in early years, schools and youth projects with a keen focus on theatre arts and active learning. She studied theatre and social sciences before realising she wanted to focus her career on education. She began studying Child and Youth studies alongside leading the development of a community childcare hub. She achieved the BA Childhood Practice with the University of the Highlands and Islands in 2009 and began assessing SCQF level 7- 9 vocational courses throughout the local authority, mentoring those new to leadership in childhood practice. In 2012, Kyla began lecturing Childhood Practice at Argyll College, teaching from NC to dissertation supervisory. She completed her masters level Teaching Qualification in Further Education with Aberdeen University in 2016 before going on to complete her Masters in Higher and Tertiary Education with the University of the Highlands and Islands in 2020. She focused much of her post-graduate studies on trauma-informed and trauma-aware policy and practice in education and believes that the key to delivering quality online education is in building student-led engagement that is centred around inclusion. In 2021, Kyla became a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

Keith Symth

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.

Graham Wilson

Graham Wilson

Dr Graham Wilson is a lecturer in computing at Moray College UHI. Graham is module leader on the BSC Software Construction and Branching Narrative modules. The topic of Graham’s PhD was ‘To what extent do personality and problem-solving ability determine software development role suitability?’ Graham’s primary interest is in software development, and he has published several articles on programming education. He has a life-long interest in interactive fiction and has recently had the opportunity to combine that with his programming interests, to develop the Branching Narrative module, and as a by-product of that, published his first interactive adventure gamebook – Rise of the Ancients Book1: Bruidd. The sequel is currently in development. Graham is a Senior Fellow of the HEA and also a member of the ACM.

Previous mentoring circles topics 2020-21 content

Previous mentoring circles topics 2020-21

Previous mentoring circles topics 2020-21

 

Topic and meeting dateMentors
The UKPSF: Areas of Activity: Thursday 03 March, 14:00 - 16:30 Graham Wilson SFHEA, Moray College UHI & Shari Kane SFHEA, Perth College UHI
The UKPSF: Core Knowlege: Thursday 10 March, 12:30 – 15:00 Keith Smyth PFHEA, LTA & Kyla Steele FHEA, Argyll College UHI
The UKPSF: Professional Values: Tuesday 22 March, 09:30 – 12:00 Tracy Kennedy FHEA, Inverness College UHI & Elizabeth McFarlane FHEA, Argyll College UHI
Previous mentoring circles topics 2020-21 content

Previous mentoring circles topics 2020-21

Previous mentoring circles topics 2020-21

Topic and Meeting DatesMentors

Alternative approaches to work based placements and field work

Dates: First meeting: 10 December 2020, 13:00 - 14:30

Second meeting: ;27 January 2021, 12:00 - 13:30

Scott Timpany

Shari Kane

Keith Smyth

Sustainable assessment practice

Dates: First meeting: 2 Feb 2021, 13:00 - 14:30

Second meeting: 4 March 2021, 13:00 - 14:30

Shari Kane

Alice Mongiello

Keith Smyth

Moving practical subjects online e.g. hairdressing, art disciplines, drama and music programmes

Dates: First meeting: 1 December 2020, 15:00 - 16:30

Second meeting: 28 January 2021, 13:00 - 14:30

Miriam Iorwerth

Stephanie Smart

Roxane Permar

Moving clinical practice online e.g. nursing and midwifery, dentistry and optometry

Dates: First meeting: 20 January 2021, 13:00 - 14:30

Second meeting: 23 February 2021, 13:00 - 14:30

Linda Gunn

Julie Armstrong

Supporting student wellbeing and belonging when in-person social spaces are no longer an option

Dates: First meeting: 25 November 2020, 12:00 - 13:30

Second meeting: 21 January 2021, 13:00 - 14:30

Julie Armstrong

Stephanie Smart

Roxane Permar

Previous mentoring circles topics 2019-20 content

Previous mentoring circles topics 2019-20

Previous mentoring circles topics 2019-20

Topic and Meeting DatesMentors

Connecting our learners by building social and emotional presence

Building an online social and emotional presence, through Brightspace, through using online tools and synchronous and asynchronous technology.

Dates: First meeting: 30 April, 11:00 - 12:00 Recording of session introduction

Second meeting: 21 May, 14:00 - 15:00

Alice Mongiello

Nicola Martin

Simon Bradley

Designing activities for active and interactive online learning

From using the university 'Benchmarks for the use of Technology in Learning and Teaching' to design and underpin learning activities for active student engagement in online learning and teaching spaces, to practical examples of using the Brightspace tools, including Bongo, Brightspace Quiz and Discussion Board to design learning and teaching activities.

Dates: First meeting: 22 April, 14:30 - 15:30 Recording of session introduction

Second meeting: 7 May, 14:00 - 15:00

Suki Haider

Keith Smyth

Formative and summative coursework and assessment in Brightpace

Using formative Brightspace quizzes, assessments with online submission, rubric marking, and Turnitin checking. Designing accessible and valuable assessment that positively challenges learners.

Dates:

First meeting:16 April, 11:00 - 12:00 Slides Recording of session introduction

Second meeting: 13 May, 10:00 - 11:00

Lois Gray

Elizabeth McFarlane