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Student Community Mentor

by Hannah Raine

In the academic year 2021–2022 I worked as the Student Community Mentor for the students across the School of Education. In this role, there were two main responsibilities:

  • designing, promoting and delivering a combination of online and in person community building events and activities;
  • signposting students to University resources and support and actively promoted central University support services.

I conducted this role part time alongside my PhD study and other roles I took on with the department, including Academic Representative for the and PGR Representative within the Faculty of Social Sciences.

I liaised with students to identify the types of activities they would find beneficial for community building and promotion of student wellbeing. I did this in a variety of ways, including via questionnaires, departmental social media or by liaising with student reps and student committees. I also worked with department staff to design events and initiatives to build strong departmental communities and find ways to support wellbeing amongst students. For example, I was responsible for initiating the Peer Assisted Learning scheme for the BA students, supported by staff within the department who wanted to provide this opportunity. I hope that this will be a success in providing students with support to gain new skills and work collaboratively with each other over the coming years, and will continue to develop.

I really enjoyed the challenge that this role involved, as well as the opportunity to meet with staff and get to know students. I believe that it is important for each department to facilitate conversations between students and staff, and to ensure that there is someone within the department specifically responsible for this. The School of Education cares deeply about the students and their wellbeing, but it is not an easy task to represent so many diverse experiences and requirements at once, so working to streamline this process and build effective relationships is really valuable and the role of SCM was one way of doing this.

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