Variety is the spice of mentoring life: a UK-US partnership highlights opportunities and benefits

  • Kirk Skoglund Northwest Missouri State University
  • Luke Millard Birmingham City University
  • Alisha Francis Northwest Missouri State University
  • Luke Nagle Birmingham City University
  • Stuart Brand Birmingham City University
Keywords: academic mentoring, institutional collaboration, peer support, retention and success

Abstract

Peer-to-peer academic mentoring has the potential to contribute to retention and progression goals as programmes benefit mentors, mentees, and staff. Although there are necessarily common elements, programmes that include academic mentoring vary in their focus and structure. Each programme must also be deliberately designed to address the unique character of individual institutions. Programmes at two very different institutions ââ¬â one in a rural town in the United States and one in a metropolis in the United Kingdom ââ¬â provide models for applying peer mentoring across a variety of contexts. This discussion also illustrates the opportunities presented by institutional partnerships.

Author Biography

Luke Millard, Birmingham City University
Head of Student Engagement
Published
2015-12-07
How to Cite
Skoglund, K., Millard, L., Francis, A., Nagle, L. and Brand, S. (2015) “Variety is the spice of mentoring life: a UK-US partnership highlights opportunities and benefits”, Journal of Learning Development in Higher Education. Plymouth, UK, 00. doi: 10.47408/jldhe.v0i0.337.