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Staff Mentoring Programme


MAPS (Mentoring for Access Practitioners)

One of the objectives of SCAPP is to explore and deliver learning and development opportunities for practitioners and a short life working group has met to discuss a number of options.

One key activity that we will be launching is a Staff Mentoring Programme for Widening Participation practitioners. Participating in a mentoring scheme can be immensely rewarding and an important and valuable part of personal and professional development whether you are at the beginning of your widening participation career or an experienced practitioner. The scheme will benefit from the wealth of expertise that exists across the WP community in Scotland and it is hoped that colleagues may find this programme of interest whatever stage that they are at in their career, either as being a mentee, a mentor or both.

A short information session was held on Monday 15th June 2020 to find out more about the programme.

Further information including an application form can be found here

slides from the presentation

Closing date to register for the programme is 6 July 2020 at 5pm  and the programme will run from September 2020 for one year in the first instance.

If you need further information, or would like to register to participate,  please contact Muriel Alexander at the details below

Learning Opportunities

Take Your Teaching Online – free OU course

The Open University offer a free course in how to take teaching online which will be helpful for practitioners as they work towards developing and re-creating our activities, workshops and teaching towards online delivery.



Volunteers’ Week 1-7 June 2020 – Information from OU.

Here are some resources on OpenLearn and OpenLearn Create aimed at volunteers and the third sector. We know many of you volunteer your time for your communities, work with volunteers, manage volunteers or are otherwise involved in voluntary organisations. We see you, and appreciate all you do.

Here are some resources that may be of interest:

The OpenLearn collection Free courses for the voluntary sector has resources developed by our colleagues in the Centre for Voluntary Sector leadership on Collaborative leadership in the voluntary sector. There are also courses on Working in the voluntary sector and Using voluntary work to get ahead in the job market. Involving volunteers is a course co-produced with OU’s partners Volunteer Scotland.

Speaking of Volunteer Scotland, check out their daily Radio V podcasts on all matter volunteering and learning.

As always, please get in touch if you have any specific learning needs that we could help with. Remember to follow @OUScotland and @OUfreelearning on Twitter for updates and tweet us using #OLchamps

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