Mentoring spotlight month post #3: Using synchronous technologies in a distributed university to support mentoring

Image by Gordon Johnson from Pixabay Alex Walker Synchronous technology, which  allows real-time participation from multiple locations, is well established and becoming increasingly widely used in tertiary education to support student and staff needs: in contemporary learning and teaching and professional development, in widening access to education and continued professional learning opportunities, and in increasing … Continue reading Mentoring spotlight month post #3: Using synchronous technologies in a distributed university to support mentoring

Mentoring spotlight month post #2: Mentoring across disciplines

Image by Gordon Johnson from Pixabay Heather Fotheringham from the LTA considers what makes a successful mentoring partnership The University Mentoring Scheme pairs up individuals who wish to progress their practice in learning and teaching, research and scholarship or by achieving a professional recognition (such as HEA Fellowship, or CMALT). Colleagues signing up to the … Continue reading Mentoring spotlight month post #2: Mentoring across disciplines

Mentoring spotlight month post #1: Mentoring circles to support staff through COVID

Image by Gerd Altmann from Pixabay Alex Walker, Ann Tilbury and Heather Fotheringham from the LTA reflect on a new type of mentoring support As the sudden impact of COVID-19 was upon us in March 2020, and teaching moved fully online, there was a great deal of guidance and support offered to students and staff on a wide range of matters from different sources.  … Continue reading Mentoring spotlight month post #1: Mentoring circles to support staff through COVID

Building educational leadership capacity: urgency and agency

In common with most academic institutions, the University finds itself under increasing pressure from various quarters. The globalisation and marketisation of education continues to generate competition between institutions, not just locally but worldwide. Academic institutions, are increasingly managed like businesses, with the associated bureaucracy, resource-focused and commercial mindsets.   Covid-19 has exacerbated these pressures, in two … Continue reading Building educational leadership capacity: urgency and agency

Growing Tree Culture at UHI

Mandy Haggith, Mandy.Haggith.ic@uhi.ac.uk Over the past year students at the Scottish School of Forestry (SSF) have been writing poetry, immersing in Gaelic tree tradition and perhaps even trying out the odd magic spell. Meanwhile, UHI literature and creative writing students have been getting to grips with the distinguishing features of blackthorn and hawthorn, the spread … Continue reading Growing Tree Culture at UHI

What do we mean by ‘tertiary’? And why does it matter?

For our first Critical Perspectives post of this year, Lydia Rohmer, Principal of West Highland College UHI and Vice-Principal (Tertiary) for UHI challenges us to think about the meaning of tertiary education (adapted from her opening address at the University's Learning and Teaching conference, January 2020 #UHILTC20) The University of the Highlands and Islands is … Continue reading What do we mean by ‘tertiary’? And why does it matter?