Professional Recognition mentoring

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Who is it for?

Supporting colleagues to achieve professional recognition in Learning and Teaching 

  • ALPINE applicants working towards Associate Fellow HEA, Fellow HEA and Senior Fellow HEA 
  • Principal Fellow HEA applicants 
  • National Teaching Fellow and CATE applicants 
  • Staff seeking external professional recognition 
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Benefits of mentoring

  • Confidence building
  • Pointers to relevant professional development, networking and coaching
  • Skills development/enhancement
  • Career advice and planning
  • Guidance on where to start
  • Identifying and planning development opportunities
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Mentoring cycle

The mentoring cycle operates around the duration of a professional recognition application process.

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Professional Recognition Strand Lead

Professional Recognition Strand Lead

Alex Walker

Alex started working in the Learning and Teaching Academy in 2016, implementing the newly accredited ALPINE Scheme for colleagues applying for Fellowships of the HEA from Advance HE, including organising and facilitating mentoring to support applicants submitting applications.  In 2017 Alex began to coordinate the University Mentoring Scheme, as well as leading the Professional Recognition Strand.  Alex also mentors colleagues for professional recognition.  Alex’s interest in mentoring has grown with her role, recognising and seeing the benefits that mentoring can bring, including supporting the development and enhancement of practice and connecting colleagues across universities, the university academic partnership, disciplines and roles.  Alex has written a number of blogs around mentoring including:

Alex has also written the chapter ‘Establishing collaborative ways of mentoring: digitally enabled and transnational approaches within distributed universities’ from the free to download book ‘Bhutan: Ways of learning and teaching (Rennie, F, (ed) (2020). Etips.)

Alex was recently awarded an MEd (distinction) and carried out a research project exploring the experiences of colleagues engaged in the University Mentoring Scheme for HEA Fellowship recognition from Advance HE, and aims to submit the study in December 2021.  Alex is also enrolled on an ILM coaching and mentoring qualification programme to keep her mentoring practice and approaches up to date and to inform mentoring professional development offered through the University Mentoring Scheme.

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Getting started

  • Find out more reading the Code of Practice and FAQs
  • Contact the strand lead, Alex Walker if you have any further questions about Professional Recognition mentoring
  • For general enquiries please use the general email address