Leaving egos outside: A ‘reverse mentoring’ study of BAME psychology students and senior university leaders

Waddington, K., Husbands, D. and Bonaparte, B. 2023. Leaving egos outside: A ‘reverse mentoring’ study of BAME psychology students and senior university leaders. Journal of Academic Development and Education. 14, pp. 6-11. https://doi.org/10.21252//xszj-2r62

TitleLeaving egos outside: A ‘reverse mentoring’ study of BAME psychology students and senior university leaders
TypeJournal article
AuthorsWaddington, K., Husbands, D. and Bonaparte, B.
Abstract

This Highlight article describes a small pilot study of a ‘reverse mentoring’ study in a UK university, involving five undergraduate Black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) psychology students who mentored five senior leaders. Inverted commas were initially used to critique the term, and the associations with backward – rather than forward – direction of travel. The article will show how students were enabled and supported in their mentor role by using the concept of being ‘equal thinking partners’ in the mentor-mentee relationship. This allowed vulnerability, trust, shared humanity, and self-compassion to enter the mentoring space. The article presents early findings of the evaluation as work in progress, and critical reflection on the processes of ‘reverse mentoring’. The study provided a foundation for further funded research into compassionate pedagogy with students as co-researchers; and imposter phenomenon among racially minoritised students. The article includes recommendations on how the concept of being equal thinking partners can be: (i) developed further in pedagogical partnerships; and (ii) extended beyond the higher education sector, to youth justice work with vulnerable and disadvantaged young people.

KeywordsReverse mentoring
BAME student experience
self-compassion
JournalJournal of Academic Development and Education
Journal citation14, pp. 6-11
ISSN2051-3593
Year2023
PublisherKeele University
Accepted author manuscript
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Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.21252//xszj-2r62
Web address (URL)https://joom.ag/9z0d
Publication dates
PublishedDec 2023
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