What is PgCert mentoring?
AHEP’s Postgraduate Certificate (PgCert) is a challenging, self-directed, distance and work-based learning programme aimed at HE professionals. It is delivered online over 12 months in collaboration with Nottingham Business School. To support students in their independent learning they are each assigned a mentor.
More information about the PgCert programme, its structure and assessment can be found on our PgCert webpages.
The mentor relationship allows students to broaden their perspectives and to challenge thinking beyond their immediate professional context.
Supporting a student through the PgCert programme you share your professional experience, make a real contribution to their career development and ultimately give something back to the sector.
As a mentor your role is to:
– Help your student to plan and review their progress
– Assist them in identifying opportunities for professional development
– Challenge them to reflect critically on their professional practice in development
– Encourage them to explore different approaches to assessments
Expectations of the role
The duration of the programme is 12 months so you will be required to commit to the role for a minimum of 12 months and a maximum of three years to see the mentoring relationship through. The mentoring relationship is conducted virtually via online meetings such as Zoom or Teams. You should expect to ‘meet’ with your student for a minimum of three times throughout the programme. To be allocated a mentee you will be required to attend initial training.
Mentors tell us that the experience of supporting someone’s professional development is very rewarding.
You can expect to develop your own skills and become more reflective about your own role. You will deepen your understanding of the sector as you read and discuss written assignments on areas of higher education that you may have limited knowledge about.
You will also extend your professional network by getting to know new people, students and other mentors, at institutions other than your own.
“The relationship with my mentor was a highlight of the programme for me and I truly valued the support they provided“
Louise Tomenson, PgCert alumnus
Support while you are a mentor
“Being a mentor gives you an enormous sense of satisfaction, particularly when you watch them cross the stage at a graduation. The relationships I have formed have been mutually supportive. I have gained as much from them as they have from me. The opportunity has given me insight into the workings of a wide range of institutions, something which I would not have happened if I had not become a mentor“
Nick Allen, Executive Officer in the Office of the Vice Chancellor, University of Northampton
All new mentors receive free initial training where the details of the programme will be explained and mentoring skills will be explored. You will also have the option of attending further free refresher events. These are delivered as online sessions.
Mentors will receive a Mentor Handbook, which contains all the specific information about the programme as well as information about mentoring. Mentors are given access to the online workspace ‘NOW’ where there is a separate area for mentors to view further guidance on the programme content and a dedicated AHEP Microsoft Teams area for PgCert mentors.
The AHEP’s Teaching and Learning Manager and the Professional Development Coordinator are on hand to answer any queries you may have about the programme. There is also a Lead Mentor in place to provide guidance and support on mentoring as well as a Mentor Representative on the Board of Studies who can offer advice.
Requirements and how to apply
We are now accepting expressions of interest to become a PgCert mentor to support our next intake of students for April 2024 – you will be required to attend an initial training session before a mentee is allocated so we will let you know when applications reopen.
Mentors will usually have the following:
Eligibility for AHEP membership
Knowledge and understanding
Your professional experience
Next PgCert mentor training
To be eligible to mentor on the PgCert programme we ask you to attend an initial training session.
The next online training is provisionally scheduled for 4 March 2024.
If your application is successful you will be added to the training session and sent further details of how to join. Following attendance of the training session we aim to allocate you a mentee for the next cohort.
Our next cohort of students is in April 2024.
Any queries, or to register your interest for future training sessions, please get in touch with email@example.com
How to apply
Please complete the online application form and the PgCert team will be get back to you. If your application is successful, you will be eligible to book on to a training session. We can then assign you a mentee from our upcoming cohort of students.
Please note, if you are not currently an AHEP member you will be required to join the Association before attending the training and a mentee is allocated – please get in touch with firstname.lastname@example.org before applying for membership. All new mentors are eligible for a 50% discount for one 12 month AHEP membership (as a Member, Accredited Member or Fellow where applicable). This discount is only applicable for one 12 month membership.