Liz Aston was an Associate Professor and Lead for Practice Learning in the Division of Nursing at the University of Nottingham until September 2013. Her professional interests lie in practice education and developing systems to make practice learning effective for students. In particular her focus was on the student experience, mentor support and preparation. Paula Hallam is Lecturer and Deputy Lead for Practice Learning at the University of Nottingham. Her professional interests are focused in practice education, primarily the development and support of mentors, and clinical supervision.