University Mentorship for Students

Location

Scotland, Online/Remote Study

Type of opportunity

Preparation for university, Other Types

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My Academic Family, CIC

About this opportunity

My Academic Family provides free mentorship for displaced students studying at universities in the UK with volunteer mentors who have completed their university degree in the UK. When you are matched with a mentor, you will have at least 1 monthly meeting with your mentor, but can have more if you and your mentor agree to. This personal contact enables you to discuss any questions, issues, or topics related to your university studies with someone who has successfully completed their own university degree. The goal is to help you as a student understand how to engage with university culture and successfully navigate the university environment in the UK. In many cases a mentor can help you become aware of what you don’t know and help you come up with effective solutions to difficulties that arise.

Topics that mentors and students can expect to cover include:

– Understanding university culture within the UK
– The ebb and flow of stress/busy-ness throughout the academic year and within a single semester
– How to approach staff and faculty to ask questions or raise issues
– Deep-dive discussions on the purpose and value of the syllabus as a document
– How to make the most out of lecturer office hours
– How much time a student is expected to spend weekly on their studies outside of class
– What kind of resources exist for different kinds of support needs (mental health, writing skills, etc)
– The importance and value of building one’s own support networks (through making friends in class and participating in campus societies)
– Living in student accommodations (or away from home more generally) for the first time
– Networking and skill-development opportunities available at the university
– How to access and engage with research conferences

Level of Study

  • PhD
  • Master’s - Taught
  • Foundation
  • Pre-university
  • Undergraduate
  • Master’s - Research

Other levels of study

My Academic Family’s opportunity offers social support, information, and mentorship to students during their university studies. As soon as you receive acceptance to a university we are happy to match you with a mentor and start arranging for you to meet.

Eligibility

Asylum seeker, Refugee status, Humanitarian protection, Temporary refugee permission, Limited or Discretionary Leave to Remain (private/family life), Indefinite Leave to Remain, Ukraine schemes, British National (Overseas), Other forms of sanctuary (including Calais Leave, Section 67 Leave, UASC leave and Stateless Leave), Other

Other eligibility criteria

My Academic Family’s free mentorship is available to any student whose parents do not hold a university degree. Special eligibility applies to students who are displaced, even if their parents do have a degree.

What is included in this opportunity?

  • Other (see below)

Other support provided

My Academic Family’s opportunity offers social support, information, and mentorship to students during their university studies. As soon as you receive acceptance to a university we are happy to match you with a mentor and start arranging for you to meet.

Types of study available

  • Part-time / flexible
  • Face-to-face
  • Online
  • Full-time

Additional details about application process

To register with My Academic Family to be matched with a mentor, you will need to fill out our registration form. Once your registration is received, you will be invited to complete the onboarding training. Once your onboarding training is complete, you are eligible to be matched with a mentor. You can expect to receive information on your matching within 1 month of completion of onboarding training.

Number of places available

10

Is this opportunity available for individuals outside of the UK?

Yes

On-going opportunity

Yes

For further questions contact Carly McNamara

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0800 861 1503