Developing through mentoring or being mentored: ALDinHE’s new mentoring scheme and certified mentor recognition


  • Silvina Bishopp-Martin Canterbury Christ Church University
  • Ursula Canton Glasgow Caledonian University
  • Jane McKay Glasgow Caledonian University
  • Chenée Psaros Queen Mary University of London
  • Alicja Syska University of Plymouth
  • Sam Thomas Arden University



mentoring, peer-support, values-based LD, professional recognition, professional development


ALDinHE is launching its new mentoring scheme and mentorship recognition to acknowledge, promote and recognise the importance of mentoring for LD as a field that does not offer an official route into the profession. This Professional Development session introduced the mentoring scheme, explaining how to get involved, what support mentors and mentees can receive from ALDinHE and what benefits both sides can get from mentoring or being mentored. If you’re new to LD or keen to develop more experience in a specific area with the help of a mentor, the mentoring scheme will offer you a brilliant framework to broaden your expertise. If you’re an experienced Learning Developer or have specific expertise you could share, find out how you could become recognised as a Certified Mentor (CeM) in LD by ALDinHE.

Author Biographies

Silvina Bishopp-Martin, Canterbury Christ Church University

Silvina Bishopp-Martin is the Learning Developer for all Education courses at Canterbury Christ Church University. She has an MA in TESOL, has achieved CeLP status, is a Fellow of the HEA and a certified CMI Coach and Mentor. Her research interests include mentoring, academic literacies, collaborative writing, critical EAP, and LD professionalism and identity. Silvina is a member of the ALDinHE Research and Scholarship, and Mentoring working groups. She is currently undertaking a PhD on Learning Development professional identity and its place in academia.

Ursula Canton, Glasgow Caledonian University

Ursula Canton is part of ALDinHE’s mentoring working group and has taken a leading role in developing the new Mentoring Scheme and Certified Mentor (CeM) accreditation. She is a Senior Lecturer in Academic Writing at Glasgow Caledonian University, and does some LD work at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland and dissertation supervision for the School of Education at the University of Glasgow. Her research interests include the evaluation of writing interventions, the writing process, and professional and academic literacies.

Jane McKay, Glasgow Caledonian University

Jane McKay is a Senior Lecturer and Learning Developer at Glasgow Caledonian University. Her PhD and early career as a sport psychologist explored the need to support athletes as people rather than performers, a theme she now brings to working with students through nurturing self-understanding and developing learning in holistic ways. Her research and practice interests include understanding psychological barriers to student success (most notably perfectionism), and how these can be addressed. Jane is a Senior Fellow of Advance HE and an ALDinHE Certified Lead Practitioner.

Chenée Psaros, Queen Mary University of London

Chenée Psaros is a learning developer, an artist, and a walker. Her primary interests lie in learning beyond the campus and exploring how walking fosters creativity. She currently co-leads the Learning Beyond the Classroom community of practice. She is a Senior Fellow of Advance HE and a reviewer for the Collaborative Award in Teaching Excellence for Advance HE.

Alicja Syska, University of Plymouth

Alicja Syska, PhD, SFHEA, is a hybrid academic, combining the roles of Learning Developer and Lecturer in Education and History at the University of Plymouth. She is interested in the processes involved in writing, especially for publication, and its impact on professional identity.

Sam Thomas, Arden University

Sam Thomas is a Senior Academic Skills Tutor at Arden University. Prior to this she worked at the University of Northampton as a Learning Development Tutor and Mentor Manager. She is a Fellow of Advance HE, an ALDinHE Certified Practitioner and an active member of ALDinHE. Her focus is to provide support and services to those with additional needs, including improving the accessibility of online resources, and supporting the needs of non-traditional and distance learners.




How to Cite

Bishopp-Martin, S. (2023) “Developing through mentoring or being mentored: ALDinHE’s new mentoring scheme and certified mentor recognition”, Journal of Learning Development in Higher Education, (29). doi: 10.47408/jldhe.vi29.1123.

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