The Aimhigher Student Mentoring Scheme is a collaborative initiative for universities in Birmingham to raise pupils’ attainment and awareness towards further and higher education. The mentoring programme is aimed at providing practical help and encouragement to pupils aged 14-18 who have the potential to do well at school but who, for a variety of reasons, may not be fulfilling that potential.
The scheme involves undergraduate students mentoring pupils in secondary schools on a one-to-one or small group basis. Student Mentors will provide (mentoring) support and encouragement to learners as they encounter the various transition milestones between year 9 and year 13.
As Student Mentors have recent experience of the education system themselves, they can relate to the problems and barriers pupils may face when considering Higher Education as an option. They can offer advice and support and provide pupils with a real insight into university life.
With the introduction of increased national tuition fees Student Mentors can help alleviate fears school pupils may have specifically about student finance by advising them on the variety of financial support schemes available.
If you are a current first-year student and you are:
Then the Aimhigher Mentoring Scheme may be for you!
We recruit a new cohort of Student Mentors each academic year. As this is a competitive and paid role, the application process will involve an application form, an interview, completing a CRB check and two days of training.
We will be holding information sessions for those interested in the scheme. Attendance at an information session is compulsory if you wish to apply for the Aimhigher Mentoring Scheme.
Recruitment for the academic year 2013/2014 is now open to all FIRST-YEAR students. We are unable to accept applications from students of any other year group. To apply to become a Student Mentor, you will be required to attend one of the compulsory information sessions.
Please come along to one of the following information sessions:
- Thursday 25th April 2013, 1pm-2pm, room G11
- Tuesday 30th April 2013, 1pm-2pm, room G11
- Wednesday 1st May 2013, 1pm-2pm, room G11
You will have an opportunity to hear from current mentors and ask any questions you may have. You do not need to confirm your attendance in advance.
To be sent a reminder of the upcoming information sessions then please register your details at this link.