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Our Mentoring Journey - University of East London

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Our Mentoring Journey - University of East London

  1. 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. 2. Our Workshop • Why are you here? • About us and our mentoring journey • What are your challenges? • What next?
  3. 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. 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. 5. Our Mentoring Journey Before students arrive at university Success whilst students are at university Preparing for life after graduation
  6. 6. Our Schemes • Pre-entry and Looked After Children Scheme • Peer Mentoring Scheme • Employability and Enterprise Scheme
  7. 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. 8. Peer Mentoring Scheme 2nd and 3rd year students mentor new students Aid transition into university life Development for mentors and mentees
  9. 9. Peer Mentoring Scheme • Started 2011 • 154 mentors matched • 81% of mentees interested in becoming mentors • 73% mentors wanted to repeat the experience
  10. 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. 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. 12. Employability and Enterprise Team Scheme • 821 mentors • 25 organisations • 2012 entrepreneur mentors • 27 entrepreneurs • 50% mentees achieve graduate level employment
  13. 13. Over to You!
  14. 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. 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. 16. What next • Growth • Diversification • Accreditation – Mentees and Mentors • Use technology more effectively • Use our alumni • Measure impact more effectively
  17. 17. Thank you for taking part

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