Peer Mentor Workflow, 2022-23
Peer Mentor Workflow, 2022-23
This 'workflow' is a stage-by-stage training and development process that all Peer Mentors go through during their role. It allows you to book onto a training session, engage in developmental activities, reflect on your role, link your experience to employability, and gain recognition.
If you complete all stages of this workflow by 5pm Thursday 6th April 2023, you will have your role as a Peer Mentor 2022/23 listed on your Higher Education Achievement Record. Click here to find out more about HEAR.
Please note: attendance at a training workshop and submission of registers are mandatory for this role. If you have attended a training workshop that was delivered within your programme and not one of the centrally bookable sessions listed below, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
You can find the role descriptor of a Peer Mentor below;
If you have any questions about completing the Workflow please do email us at email@example.com and we will do all we can to help.
Complete your application to become a Peer Mentor on a Peer Support programme. Please contact the programme organiser for the scheme you wish to apply for to get the application link. The list of programme organisers can be found here.
To complete this stage you will need to book onto and attend a Peer Mentor Training Workshop. This is a mandatory 2-2.5 hour session covering the basics of peer mentoring and is necessary to become a peer mentor.
Please upload a session plan that you have used, intend to use, or have created for a peer mentoring session. You can use the template above, or create your own plan from scratch, and upload it to the form below.
Please download the register template and guidance document above. At the end of the Autumn term, you will need to upload a completed version of this register template to the 'Register Upload' form. If your scheme did not run in a specific term of you have been informed to do so, you can also apply for a register bypass.
The link to submit is below.
Please download the register template and guidance document above. At the end of the Spring term, you will need to upload a completed version of this register template to the 'Register Upload' form, and copy and paste the Student ID numbers into the 'Mentee Student ID Numbers' form. If your scheme did not run in a specific term of you have been informed to do so, you can also apply for a register bypass.
The link to submit is below.
Please choose either a Poster or Blog submission and submit via the form below. Above are guides and templates to help you submit.
This step will open on November 1st, 2022.
To complete this stage, write a reflection on LinkedIn about your experience as a Peer Mentor and the skills you have developed. Please see the guidance in the document above.
To submit your reflection, copy and paste your LinkedIn profile URL into the space provided on the submission form.
If you do not want a LinkedIn profile, there is an alternative route within the form where you can type in your reflection.
The Link to submit will be contained within the email approving your Development Activity submission.
To complete your Workflow, please follow the link in the email you will receive when your LinkedIn Reflection is approved.
This is the final stage of your Workflow. Please make sure you have completed all the prior stages of the Workflow to ensure you receive HEAR recognition.
The Link to submit will be contained within the email approving your LinkedIn Reflection submission.
Optional Steps for AFHEA Recognition
For the first time, this academic year you are able to use your work as a Peer Mentor towards becoming an Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (now known as Advance HE). If you have an interest in remaining with the higher education sector, including future study or employment, becoming an Associate Fellow is an excellent way of making your application stand out.
These steps below are optional, but if you are looking to become an Associate Fellow then these will be necessary for your application.
One element of the AFHEA application stage is peer feedback.
The AFHEA application requires peer review of your mentoring. In the application, you are required to submit "two peer observations of teaching, one of you and one by you (approx. 1000 words)". The form below allows you to upload feedback you have received from an academic staff member, your Peer Programme Organiser, or us in the central peer support team. If you would like us to attend a session and provide feedback then please do email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or liaise with a fellow mentor pursuing AFHEA accreditation. The template document above is taken from the example assessment submission for AFHEA and can be uploaded below to receive feedback. When you come to complete the AFHEA application, you can use the work done here to form that stage of the application. Please ensure you send the staff member observing your session the Intended Learning Outcomes of your session in advance. It is also worth looking at the 'Pedagogy and Learning Theories' and 'Inclusivity' sections of the AFHEA reading in advance of your session.
A successful AFHEA application requires you to demonstrate your ability to plan effective sessions.
A key element of a successful AFHEA application is the ability to demonstrate your session planning. You can use the form below to submit a session plan you have used while mentoring. Please ensure you consider the following aspects when completing your plan;
- Inclusive pedagagy (more can be found in the 'How Learning Works' and 'Inclusivity' reading resources)
- Effective design of your session components (more can be found in the 'Universal Design' reading resources)
- Measures to ensure the success of your session through the completion of your ILOs
Completing an AFHEA application requires you to reflect on your sessions.
A key element of a successful AFHEA application is the ability to demonstrate self-reflection of your own sessions. This ties into the UKPSF framework, which can be found in the 'Reading and Resources' tab, and is to demonstrate engagement with key themes of education practice. The template above is taken from the AFHEA example application and can be submitted below for feedback. You can then use this work when completing an AFHEA application later. Engaging with the UKPSF framework, 'Starting Teaching in Higher Education', and 'Pedagogy and Learning Theories' reading resources will support effective reflection.
Here is some useful reading and resources to assist an AFHEA application.
Below is a list of useful reading and resources you will want to engage with to complete your AFHEA application.
Pedagogy and Learning Theories
Experience and Education by John Dewey
Mind in Society: the development of higher psychological processes by L.S. Vygotskiĭ
Becoming a Critically Reflective Teacher by Stephen Brookfield
How Learning Works
The Learning Brain: lessons for education by Sarah-Jayne Blakemore
What can Neuroscience Research Teach Us about Teaching? by Daniela Kaufer (video resource)
Reach Everyone, Teach Everyone: Universal Design for Learning in Higher Education by Thomas J. Tobin and Kirsten T. Behling
Starting Teaching in Higher Education
Historical Insights: Teaching as a PhD Student by Kate Bradley
Neuroscience and How Students Learn by Daniela Kaufer
Teaching Beyond the Gender Binary in the University Classroom by Brielle Harbin, Leah Marion Roberts, Roberta Nelson, and Chris Purcell