Explicit First Year Support Through University Student Mentoring

By Ginny Saich.

Published by The Learner Collection

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Mentoring is a common form of peer support that may be implemented in various ways. Structures established may differ, as may the purpose and focus of the mentoring process, the participant groups, the administrative location, the duration of the process and the formality with which it is organised and carried out. Student mentors may contribute, to varying degrees, to their mentees’ academic learning, social well-being and familiarity with university, depending upon the nature of the support scheme established and the needs of the individuals concerned. This study examined student mentoring peer support schemes used with first year students in UK universities. Frameworks and practices explicitly introduced by departments and central support services were explored, along with reasons for establishing them. Effective practices employed were elicited from staff practitioners and recommendations are made, for those seeking to establish, or enhance existing, student mentoring schemes.

Keywords: Mentoring, ESCalate, University, First Year, Peer Support, Education

The International Journal of Learning, Volume 15, Issue 10, pp.1-10. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 560.545KB).

Ginny Saich

Educational Development and ESCalate Co-Ordinator, Institute of Education, University of Stirling, Stirling, Scotland, UK

Ginny Saich is a Teaching Fellow in Academic Innovation with a university-wide remit straddling institutional, curricular and academic development. She supports the University’s strategic development and enhancement of its policies and practices for learning and teaching. Currently she is leading the development of first year mentoring schemes across the University. She co-ordinates the UK HE Academy’s Subject Center for Education (ESCalate) team at Stirling and contributes to its research and dissemination activities both nationally and internationally. She is a Member of the British Computer Society and a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

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