60-Second SoTL – Episode 24

This week’s episode features an open-access article from the Journal of Further and Higher Education and examines how relational supports and peer mentors can improve access to university for students from marginalized communities:

McNally, Sinéad, Paul Downes, Laura O’Halloran, Gráinne Kent, and Sandra O’Neill. 2022 “‘The Whole World was Lifted Off Me’: The Importance of Relational Supports and Peer Mentoring for Under-Represented Students Accessing University in Ireland.” Journal of Further and Higher Education 46 (10): 1319-1333. https://doi.org/10.1080/0309877X.2022.2075718

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The episode was hosted by Jessie L. Moore, Director of the Center for Engaged Learning and Professor of Professional Writing & Rhetoric. 60-Second SoTL is produced by the Center for Engaged Learning at Elon University.

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