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Our Mentoring Journey - University of East London
Our Mentoring Journey - University of East London
Our Mentoring Journey - University of East London
Our Mentoring Journey - University of East London
Our Mentoring Journey - University of East London
Our Mentoring Journey - University of East London
Our Mentoring Journey - University of East London
Our Mentoring Journey - University of East London
Our Mentoring Journey - University of East London
Our Mentoring Journey - University of East London
Our Mentoring Journey - University of East London
Our Mentoring Journey - University of East London
Our Mentoring Journey - University of East London
Our Mentoring Journey - University of East London
Our Mentoring Journey - University of East London
Our Mentoring Journey - University of East London
Our Mentoring Journey - University of East London
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  • 1. From Good Idea to Successful Scheme – Our Mentoring Journey Femi Bola MBE and Raksha Mehta University of East London Wednesday 11th September 2013
  • 2. Our Workshop • Why are you here? • About us and our mentoring journey • What are your challenges? • What next?
  • 3. Our Context • 27,000 students • East London/Thames Gateway • 60%+ BAME students • 55% mature students • 40% lower socio-economic groups • 81% from the London area • 50% from East London • International students
  • 4. Why Mentoring? • To address a range of developmental needs expressed by our students:-  Knowledge oHigher Education, university life, professional life, the work place, industry  Skills oCVs, interviews, presentations, study skills, communication, leadership  Understanding oSelf and others, confidence, motivations
  • 5. Our Mentoring Journey Before students arrive at university Success whilst students are at university Preparing for life after graduation
  • 6. Our Schemes • Pre-entry and Looked After Children Scheme • Peer Mentoring Scheme • Employability and Enterprise Scheme
  • 7. Pre-entry and Looked After Children • Engage children from local schools and colleges • Development of career and educational plans Pre-entry Scheme • Social work student mentors • Provision of emotional support Looked After Children
  • 8. Peer Mentoring Scheme 2nd and 3rd year students mentor new students Aid transition into university life Development for mentors and mentees
  • 9. Peer Mentoring Scheme • Started 2011 • 154 mentors matched • 81% of mentees interested in becoming mentors • 73% mentors wanted to repeat the experience
  • 10. Employability and Enterprise Mentoring Scheme Aims • Personal and professional development • World of work or self employment Processes • Students • Mentors • Support Outcomes • Career plans and goals • Employability skills • Confidence
  • 11. Employability and Enterprise Team Scheme • Response to student satisfaction survey • Students wanted opportunities to meet professionals • Pilot – 2007 • Worked with a partner • Professional approach • Web resources
  • 12. Employability and Enterprise Team Scheme • 821 mentors • 25 organisations • 2012 entrepreneur mentors • 27 entrepreneurs • 50% mentees achieve graduate level employment
  • 13. Over to You!
  • 14. What have we learnt? • Our students want to support others • Our students want to share their experiences • External partners want to engage • Use their systems – CSR • A powerful developmental tool that’s low cost • Seek external accreditation your VC will like it! • A virtuous circle – or spiral of success
  • 15. Tips • Make it easy • Clear processes • Clear outcomes • Get a brand and communicate it • Quality materials • Web resources • Don’t be afraid to ask, they may just say YES!
  • 16. What next • Growth • Diversification • Accreditation – Mentees and Mentors • Use technology more effectively • Use our alumni • Measure impact more effectively
  • 17. Thank you for taking part

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