How Leadership and Mentoring Enhance the Quality of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education

Ahmed Mohammed Arbab


This paper presents lessons drawn from senior fellowship of the Higher Education Academy, United Kingdom (SFHEA) with regard to leadership and mentoring. The paper integrates various elements of leadership and mentoring that needed for enhancing the quality of teaching and learning in Higher Education. In this article, I have adopted a holistic methodology to reflect my teaching and supporting learning experience (almost 35 years) in higher education as inspired from the SFHEA, UK. Evidence of my successful engagement across all five areas of activity will be provided that include firstly, design a series of teaching and learning activities to meet the learning outcomes of a module. Secondly, use a range of teaching approaches to enhancing student learning. Thirdly, use a variety of assessment for learning activities for students and providing feedback to promoting student engagement. Fourthly, develop effective learning environments and approaches to student support and guidance. Fifthly, engage in continuing professional development (CPD) in subjects /disciplines and their pedagogy, incorporating research, scholarship and the evaluation of professional practices. Moreover, I show my understanding of the appropriate core knowledge and demonstrating my commitment to the professional values. This paper contributes by providing and demonstrating a thorough understanding of effective approaches to learning and teaching support as a key contribution to high quality student learning. In addition to providing evidences of successful leadership, co-ordination, support, supervision, management and/or mentoring of others (whether individuals and/or teams) in relation to learning and teaching.

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