Your VP, Fraser Luther-Yarwood, is working on a peer mentoring scheme with the university!
Hi! I’m Fraser and I am the Vice President for the Faculty of Health, Education, Medicine and Social Care.
What I am to achieve from this project is to provide an opportunity for students to have access to a student mentor who can be a point of contact to help support them adjust to university life. While lecturers may not necessarily be there every time a student needs them, a student mentor can be there as an experienced other.
- I aim to have project up and running by September 2019 to facilitate student mentoring
- I aim to have student mentors effectively trained to be a mentor
- I aim to also have new students feeling comfortable and having a good experience in their time at uni
At the start of the semester I co-chaired a Faculty Partnership Team meeting in which the idea of the peer mentoring programme was raised by myself. The faculty staff were fully supportive of the idea and were keen to offer their help and experience they have to make the programme work effectively for students.
I later had a meeting with Andrea Cheshire (Director of Student Services) who was equally as enthusiastic and supportive of the programme and we are both getting in touch with another university who has a similar program to the one we want to launch
The most recent update is that there is now a working group looking to set up a university wide ‘buddy’ programme in which I will be feeding into from a union stand point.
If you want to join and be a buddy for new students, you will be allocated a small number of students who you will be able to introduce yourself through email before they arrive. During Welcome Week or Teaching Week 1 you will have the opportunity to meet the students to get to know them better as well as support them as the settle in.
This is a voluntary scheme so you can log skills and hours for the time you spend as a buddy!
Follow the link below to create your volunteer profile and start logging your skills and hours as at the end of the year you will receive a transcript of all your logged work which can go alongside your CV.
Other benefits of this scheme include:
• A free Welcome Buddy hoodie
• Drinks vouchers to take your new students for a drink
• Free lunches at training and events
• A thank you Amazon Voucher at the end of Semester 1
• Volunteering hours and skills
• Enhanced interpersonal and employability skills which will look great on your CV
• You’ll get to meet new students
If you want to sign up just follow this link below