Mentoring is one of the most effective methods of promoting student success within higher education, making it an invaluable tool. Offering a portion of your time as a mentor gives you an opportunity to be part of this exciting offer.
Mentoring doesn’t just give you a fantastically warm, fuzzy feeling from helping our students change their life, knowing that you’ve played a part in their development. Being a mentor gives you the chance to demonstrate your values and ethics, improve your confidence and develop essential leadership skills such as clear communication, listening and coaching.
You’ll have opportunities to network with other mentors, reflect on your own practice and gain new perspectives as well as working towards CPD requirements.
Our mentees are typically undergraduate and occasionally postgraduate students. Some of the most frequent reasons for seeking a mentor include:
Our mentoring programme offers students as much choice as possible. They are able to review all mentor profiles and choose their preferred mentor. They will only contact you once the match has been agreed. You can mentor a maximum of two mentees at any time.
"A great mentor has a knack for making us think we are better than we think we are. They force us to have a good opinion of ourselves, let us know they believe in us. They make us get more out of ourselves, and once we learn how good we really are, we never settle for anything less than our very best."
Our mentoring programme gives our students control to drive their development forward: they set the agenda. As a mentor you'll be impartial and open-minded, possessing excellent listening and communication skills to allow your mentee time and dedicated space to consider things for themselves before you offer advice, ensuring an equal partnership.
As mentoring relationships are unique to each pair and situation, how you agree to structure your mentoring may vary. It can be helpful to have an initial introduction meeting and an end of scheme review. You will be asked to provide feedback to the Mentoring Coordinator throughout your mentoring relationship.
If you’re based overseas you can still potentially join us as a mentor, contact us to find out more.
Before you can mentor one of our students you will need to: