Mentoring Development: Defining goals and active listening

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In mentoring, it is important as mentors to take time at the beginning of the partnership to help the mentee define and refine their goals and to consider what is achievable and realistic.  Coaching and mentoring models can help with this task and this workshop will explore some of these, giving the participants the opportunity to try some out in practice.  Participants should come to the workshop with a goal in mind to practice these techniques in one-ton-one break out groups.  

Pre-workshop task: Bring a goal with you to the workshop so that you can practice goal setting with another participant.  This can be a long-term or short-term goal and it can be work or home related. Although you will be encouraged to share with the wider group how you found using the techniques, you do not have to discuss the goal itself, respecting confidentiality in mentoring is fundamental to all mentoring partnerships.

Although presented as separate workshops, the 4 mentoring workshop sessions are purposely scaffolded to develop mentoring practice and participants are encouraged to attend all where possible.  


Alex Walker

 Alex Walker

Alex Walker (she/her) MEd FRSA CMALT PFHEA

Alex is the Professional Development and Recognition Lead within the Learning and Teaching Academy (LTA).  

Alex coordinates the University Mentoring Scheme which offers a range of mentoring opportunities for university colleagues through four distinct strands, comprising Research, Learning and Teaching Enhancement, Professional Recognition and Scholarship Development.  As well as coordinating the scheme Alex is the lead for the Professional Recognition strand. Alex has mentored colleagues applying for Certified Membership of the Association for Learning Technology (CMALT), HEA Fellowships through ALPINE, through direct applications to Advance HE for Principal Fellowship HEA and internationally through a global funded research project exploring professional recognition and mentoring with colleagues at the Royal University of Bhutan (RUB).

Alex gained Principal Fellowship HEA (PFHEA) in 2021, and in 2022 completed a Masters in Tertiary and Higher Education, receiving a distinction for a dissertation researching mentoring for professional recognition. Alex is also a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts (FRSA) and Certified Member of the Association for Learning Technology (CMALT).

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