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Postgraduate Module Descriptor

EFPM001: Effective Mentoring

This module descriptor refers to the 2016/7 academic year.


NQF Level7
Credits30 ECTS Value15
Term(s) and duration

This module ran during term 2 (11 weeks) and term 3 (11 weeks)

Academic staff

Dr Karen Walshe (Lecturer)

Available via distance learning


Research in professional learning highlights the crucial role that mentors, and in particular, work-based mentors play in the development supporting early career professionals . The work-based mentor is one of the most powerful sources of influence on trainee and early career professionals (e.g. teachers, doctors, lawyers). Many researchers and educationalists describe the role as the vital facilitating factor in the process of learning to practice. The quality of the mentor-mentee relationship therefore is central to the success of the training and professional learning process. Similarly, research into continuing professional development shows that effective mentoring has been found to have a range of benefits for ongoing professional learning. Getting it right is clearly essential.

This module is ideally suited to those who are either already involved in or considering taking on a mentoring or professional support role with trainee or early career professionals  in the workplace. For the assessment aspects of this module you will need to be involved in a mentoring or professional support role with at least one mentee. For those who wish to complete this module prior to taking on a formal mentoring or professional support role, we will discuss how to set up an informal collaborative mentoring relationship with a colleague.

This module is available in blended or distance learning modes. Students enrolled on the blended route will be expected to attend two days of taught seminars/workshops during the course of the module. Students enrolled on the distance learning route will be expected to access these seminars online and complete relevant directed study tasks.

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