Research at the CVCL

We undertake many research projects that benefit and link in with our leadership programmes. These cover a range of disciplines including peer leadership, mentoring, volunteering and community action.

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Measuring the impact, outputs or outcomes of community projects and activities can be a challenge. We recognise the importance of monitoring and evaluation and we are here to support organisations to upskill in these areas.

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Recent publications

An Investigation into Mentoring Relationships of Higher Education Students in Community Settings, Journal of Peer Learning (2020)


This research explores one-to-one, formal mentoring relationships between students in higher education and their partnered mentees from community and secondary school environments. The purpose is to enhance understanding of mentoring praxis, bringing insight into structures and support of relationships. This paper addresses gaps in the literature by focusing more on the interaction that takes place rather than the benefits of mentoring alone.