Are you a good listener? Can you empathise, support and encourage new students while they settle into their first term at University? Are you willing to share your own experiences of settling in and guide other students to available information and help?
If you can answer ‘yes’ to the questions above, you should consider applying to be a peer mentor.
Starting at University is an exciting time but it can also seem a bit daunting. Moving away from home, making new friends, adjusting to new ways of studying – all of these new experiences can be overwhelming at first.
As a mentor you will be a friendly face who can welcome new students to the university, answer their questions and reassure them. You will usually work with three new first years, keeping in touch on a regular basis and meeting up for a chat or a coffee. Peer mentors can help new first years in different ways. You might be sharing your tips for planning essays or revision; talking about your own experiences when you started university; or just being a friendly face and a listening ear.
The main focus of peer mentoring is helping students to settle in during the first semester. However first year students can join the scheme at any time during their first year.
You will work approximately 1 to 2 hours per week. Mentoring starts at the beginning of term, September 2013. Many students will need less support by the end of the first term and for most students the scheme comes to an end by the end of January. During the period you will be responsible for meeting up with the students you are supporting, or keeping in touch by phone or email. Full training will be provided in June 2013. Payment is £7.48 per hour.
The application deadline has been extended until 5pm Monday 20th May.
Senior Mentors are students who have already worked as a mentor for at least one year. In addition to the mentor duties outlined above, you will assist the staff team with the recruitment and training of the peer mentors and act as a first point of contact for a group of peer mentors.
We are not currently accepting applications for the Senior Mentor Role
Peer Assisted Study Sessions (PASS) runs for courses in the Faculty of Arts. PASS sessions help first years adjust to the independent learning style that is expected for university study.
Trained higher year students (PASS Leaders) work in pairs to lead weekly study and discussion groups in their subject.
PASS does not replace contact between staff and students. Instead it provides an additional opportunity for students to meet with their peers and work together to deepen their understanding of their subject.
Leaders do not teach material but encourage students to compare notes, clarify what they read and hear, analyse, criticise, question and seek greater understanding of ideas. PASS provides a safe environment for students to discuss ideas, share problems and resolve questions in a supportive way.
You will work approximately two hours per week. This includes one hour of planning/debriefing and one hour delivering your PASS session. PASS starts at the start of term in September 2013. Sessions take place weekly during the autumn and spring terms, with some revision sessions during the summer term. During this period you will be responsible for planning and delivering weekly sessions and meeting with the PASS Co-ordinator on a regular basis.
Full training will be provided in June & September 2013. Payment is £7.48 per hour.
Applications for these positions are now closed until March 2014
Take a look at the job description and if you feel that you are suitable then download the application pack below and return it to email@example.com or:
WP & UR Team