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Realising Opportunites
Ementoring Programme
Tanya Harrison
Assistant Project Manager
Outline
• Background and overview of Realising Opportunities
(RO)
• RO ementoring programme including:
– Aims
– Recruitmen...
Overview of RO
What does RO involve?
The RO Programme
• Launch event
• Ementoring
• National Student Conference
• An academic element - E...
Progress to date
• Accolades
– Awards
– Times Higher
– Brightside Ementoring Awards
– Government reports
* Recruiting Autu...
RO Ementoring
Aims
To underpin all aspects of the RO programme
including skills4uni
Offer consistent and sustained suppo...
Who are our ementors?
• Undergraduates at RO Partner
universities
• Variety of subject areas
• Some are previous RO studen...
Recruitment of Ementors
• Recruited by RO Partner Universities
• Follow HR/student worker recruitment practices
• Job desc...
Training
• Aims
– Increase understanding, skills development, clarify role
and responsibilities, practical sessions
• Cont...
Matching
• Matched by RO Central Team
• 1:7 ratio
• Subject match (if possible)
• Encourage geographical mobility
RO Ementoring Framework
• Main structured programme (compulsory)
– February of year 12 to end of December of year 13
• Ext...
Role of RO Ementor
• Log in at least once a week
• Guide students through the ementoring programme
• Support with skills4u...
Challenges
• Engagement
• Student/ementor
• Hours of work (insufficient)
• Remote nature
• Ementor leaving post
• Matching...
Discussion topics
Group 1
•What constitutes good engagement?
Group 2
•How can we maximise on engagement? (Student and
emen...
Maximising Engagement
• Clear, structured programme reflecting student need
• Sufficiently flexible to accommodate individ...
Support
Students Ementors
Ementoring Programme 
Programme Guide (including RO ementoring) and
student timeline

Monthly ...
Evaluation
Project Area Data Sources
Contextual Data
• POLAR2/3 Data (postcode checker)
• NS-SEC Parental Occupation (code...
Quality Assurance
• 3 year pilot to test model
• Governance and management structures
• Partner expertise and best practic...
Future Developments/Planning
• Future post 2016
• Expansion (partners/students)
• Review RO programme and ementoring
progr...
Student comments
“My ementor is someone almost
guaranteed to understand what I
am going through and someone
who can give m...
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Realising Opportunities eMentoring

  1. 1. Realising Opportunites Ementoring Programme Tanya Harrison Assistant Project Manager
  2. 2. Outline • Background and overview of Realising Opportunities (RO) • RO ementoring programme including: – Aims – Recruitment – Training – Matching – Ementoring framework and delivery • Discussion groups • Maximising engagement and student/ementor support • Evaluation • Quality assurance • Future developments/planning
  3. 3. Overview of RO
  4. 4. What does RO involve? The RO Programme • Launch event • Ementoring • National Student Conference • An academic element - Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) or the RO Academic Assignment • Skills4uni – an online study skills module • Events and activities at RO universities (must attend at least one). Benefits • Many partner universities will potentially give an alternative RO offer for successful applications to them through UCAS, worth up to 2 A Level grades, 40 UCAS points or 4 IB points. • All RO universities will give additional consideration to an application to them through UCAS • Skills development • Informed decisions about future • Understand what a research intensive university can offer • Access to careers information from professionals employed in the field
  5. 5. Progress to date • Accolades – Awards – Times Higher – Brightside Ementoring Awards – Government reports * Recruiting Autumn 2013
  6. 6. RO Ementoring Aims To underpin all aspects of the RO programme including skills4uni Offer consistent and sustained support Offer a structured programme with the flexibility individual students need To be student focussed To cover key issues/topics at key times that are of real use to students To provide a student perspective on university To offer a safe and secure online environment for exchanges
  7. 7. Who are our ementors? • Undergraduates at RO Partner universities • Variety of subject areas • Some are previous RO students
  8. 8. Recruitment of Ementors • Recruited by RO Partner Universities • Follow HR/student worker recruitment practices • Job description and person specification advertised • Case studies • Application form and potentially an interview • CRB check • Employment contract with recruiting university • Paid Ementor position (part time)
  9. 9. Training • Aims – Increase understanding, skills development, clarify role and responsibilities, practical sessions • Content – Overview of RO – Understanding and awareness of target group – Understanding and awareness of RO Partners – Ementor role and responsibility – Ementoring framework/programme (input from former ementor) – Child Protection – Ementoring boundaries and code of conduct – Online ementoring system and practice session • Other training resources – Mentor handbook – Ementoring Site Guide
  10. 10. Matching • Matched by RO Central Team • 1:7 ratio • Subject match (if possible) • Encourage geographical mobility
  11. 11. RO Ementoring Framework • Main structured programme (compulsory) – February of year 12 to end of December of year 13 • Extended programme (voluntary) – January of year 13 to end of August year 13 (after results day) • Structure programme of key topics at key times • New topic each month • Supported with interactive articles and resources (Brightside and RO) and professions ‘experts’ • Using Brightside online secure portal.
  12. 12. Role of RO Ementor • Log in at least once a week • Guide students through the ementoring programme • Support with skills4uni online study skills module • Respond to students’ needs • Provide support for the programme as a whole – information and advice • Support at RO National Student Conference • Use own experiences • Be impartial and supportive • Positive role model • Work within the boundaries outlined in Code of Conduct and maintain professionalism
  13. 13. Challenges • Engagement • Student/ementor • Hours of work (insufficient) • Remote nature • Ementor leaving post • Matching • Evaluation
  14. 14. Discussion topics Group 1 •What constitutes good engagement? Group 2 •How can we maximise on engagement? (Student and ementor) Group 3 •How can we measure and evaluate meaningful outcomes?
  15. 15. Maximising Engagement • Clear, structured programme reflecting student need • Sufficiently flexible to accommodate individual need • Content of programme – Clear link to topics of importance to students – Key topics at key times • Manage expectations • Interactive and engaging • Paid post for ementor • Good training for ementors • Share experience of former ementor • Compulsory part of RO for students • Agreed log in time • Engagement reviews with follow up emails to students • Good communications between all stakeholders – Monthly update emails and student KIT calls – Teacher updates – Partner updates
  16. 16. Support Students Ementors Ementoring Programme  Programme Guide (including RO ementoring) and student timeline  Monthly updates from Central Team   Resources on Brightside site (activities & articles)   Resources on RO website  RO Central Team   RO team at Partner University   Brightside (technical support)   Child Safeguarding Training Designated Senior Persons Out of hours Child Safeguarding Service      Facebook  
  17. 17. Evaluation Project Area Data Sources Contextual Data • POLAR2/3 Data (postcode checker) • NS-SEC Parental Occupation (coded by HEFCE) • GCSE Point Score data (verified, National Pupil Database (NPD) • Free School Meal data (verified, NPD) • Parental Higher Education Qualification data (self declared) Student Aspirations • Student Attitude Questionnaire - baseline and follow up (NFER Cohorts 1, 2 and 3; IEE Cohort 4 onwards)* • UCAS data. Summary report from UCAS detailing progression rates of RO students matched against a national dataset of similar students. UCAS Decisions • UCAS data on each RO student. • UCAS summary reports The Programme • Student Questionnaires* • Ementor Questionnaires* • Case Studies* • Engagement Reports* • Spring and Summer Health Check phone calls* Student Progression • Data to be provided by each of the Partner universities (Cohort 1 students will complete 3 year degree programmes in 2014, Cohort 2 in 2015). The Partnership • Partnership documents • Partnership meetings • Interviews with Partner colleagues • Data indications performance against targets – UCAS data and student data * Provide specific feedback on ementoring
  18. 18. Quality Assurance • 3 year pilot to test model • Governance and management structures • Partner expertise and best practice • Evaluation by independent researcher • Evaluation informed planning • Robust recruitment processes • Child Safeguarding – Training – CRB checks – Designated Persons and Out of Hours Service • Full training • Regular engagement reviews and KIT calls • Feedback from students, ementors, schools/colleges, RO Partners
  19. 19. Future Developments/Planning • Future post 2016 • Expansion (partners/students) • Review RO programme and ementoring programme – continued fit for purpose • Working hours • Discussion forums (subject specific) • Evaluation – What works – Beneficiaries
  20. 20. Student comments “My ementor is someone almost guaranteed to understand what I am going through and someone who can give me real advice from a place of experience.” “It increasingly helped to build my confidence and helped me to understand what would be expected of me in university.” “It was really comforting knowing I had instant access to someone who’d been in my position once.”

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