For those that speak German… Relational Becoming – mit Anderen werden (Meissner, 2019) is a new book that explores the relationship between the individual and the group – and the importance of belonging and becoming. In Zeiten gewaltvoller sozialer Ausgrenzungen ist eine kritische Auseinandersetzung mit fixierenden Vorstellungen von »Zugehörigkeit« relevanter denn je – doch bleiben […]

Why mentoring?

Mark Doidge talks about why he thinks mentoring is important – generally but also when embarking on a professional career. Watch the video – recorded at the BSA 2018 conference – on Vimeo.

Working with others

As working with others (one-to-one or in smaller groups) is key in peer mentoring, it is worth engaging with theories and literature focusing on group work. Peter Hartley and Mark Dawson have – a while ago, 2010 – published a Pocket Study Skills Guide on this: Success in Groupwork. I recommended the book to all […]


An important yet contested discussion: Can you self-plagiarise? Find out more here – and join the discussion: Self-plagiarism: When is re-purposing text ethically justifiable? on the LSE Impact Blog, Mark Israel. Note: Mark Israel has published widely on research ethics and academic integrity, for example the book Research Ethics and Integrity for Social Scientists (2015). […]

Guide on Staff-Student Partnerships

Scaling up Staff-Student Partnership in Higher Education guide by Mercer-Mapstone and Marie (2019): Abstract… This practical guide is designed to support individuals, teams, or institutions in scaling up student-staff partnership (SSP or ‘partnership’, also commonly known as ‘students as partners’). The model presented here is a projects-based model which is one of the most common […]


A useful collection of case studies by Sage showing how methods are applied in “real” research projects. Sage Research Methods Cases You can search for cases by “methods”, “discipline” and “academic level”. Forward the link to your student mentors – or get inspired to conduct your own research project.

International Journal for Students as Partners

New issue published… Vol 2 No 1 (2018) The journal, which is hosted by McMaster University Library Press, is co-edited by students and staff/ faculty from Australia, Canada, the UK, and the US. It is definitely worth reading – for everyone interested in collaborative learning and teaching.

Reflective practice

There’s value in critically examining your own practice – as a mentor, as a educator, as a professional. In education, reflecting on how you’re doing in the classroom can help you take ownership of your teaching and identify areas for improvement. On the The Guardian Teacher’s blog, Jamie Thom explores strategies on: how to become […]

New website

Academic Peer Learning is a network to support the community of practice focused on diverse academic peer learning. Their aim is: Empower and engage the students we work with to make a sustained, positive impact through their academic peer learning practice Raise the profile of academic peer learning, including contributing to national and international developments […]

Peer-tutors supporting academic writing

Although published in 2013, this article highlights the benefits of using undergraduate peer-tutors to support academic writing not just with peers but postgraduates as well as members of staff : Apologia for Undergraduate Peer-tutors in writing by Lawrence Cleary As you may assume… …one claim that I have heard from individuals in my own institution […]