Student Mentoring

Quality Teaching | Meaningful Learning

The Mentor Project

Learning and Teaching Enhancement have funded a project to recruit Learning Development Mentors to assist the Learning Development provision and enhance the academic and study skills of all students. The Learning Development Mentors are evaluating the current resources in the provision and co-creating study packs to sit on the Skills Hub. The Learning Development Mentors are also completing a range of projects throughout the year to expand the impact of Learning Development throughout the institution. We currently have eight mentors all in their second and third years. Each mentor works for 4 hours a week for 40 weeks to ensure the role doesn’t impact on their own studies.

Meet the Team

The Learning Development Mentors

Learning Development Mentors or LD Mentors for short, are a team of students to aid the engagement of other students in seeking support with academic and study skills. In addition to supporting daily drop-ins, LD Mentors also work with one another or independently on separate projects such as creating online communities, creating new resources and getting the word out there that they are here to help. LD Mentors work throughout the week and can be found 12-1 each week day in the Drop-in area (blue sofas), Floor 2 of the Learning Hub.

“Hi, I’m Anna and I’m in my second year of Fashion Design BA here at UON! I wanted to work with the Learning Development team to make the academic writing side of a creative course more accessible, and to get more people connecting with our amazing services. I’d love to help with your organisation, time management and presentations, but I’m here to help with whatever I can!”

Anna, Fashion

“I’m currently studying biomedical science. I am very interested in the world of research particularly drug development for diseases and new mechanisms/theories in how certain conditions come about. I decided to become a learning mentor so that I can be more involved in how help is provided to students from the University. Being organised is key principles in ensuring I can be a successful student.

Asanat, Biomedical Science

“Hi, I’m Ellie, currently I am a 2nd year Games Art student, primarily I love to create environments and draw a lot of inspiration from my favourite games. Being a learning development mentor I intend to use my knowledge and skills in games development to create resources for students that will allow them to feel confident in all types of study skills. I completed a year in foundation which allowed me to help others with essay skills and referencing and I hope to continue to help students from all courses to succeed in their study.”

Ellie, Games Art

“Hi, I am Elliot. I’m a 3rd year Criminal and Corporate Investigations Student. I have been an LDM for over a year now. I currently manage the social media for Learning Development. I create posts for TikTok, Instagram and Facebook. I am currently researching for a project to try and get more Men to engage with Learning Development through Social Media.”

Elliot, Criminal and Corporate Investigations

“Hi there, My name is Holly I am a 3rd year psychology (counselling) student. I am a regular user of APA formatting, and my projects in learning development include time management, plagiarism awareness, working on the UNPAC project and basic essay structuring. I am available at drop in and additionally run 1-2-1 tutorials during the week!”

Holly, Psychology

Sarah Mills is a second-year student studying BA Criminology. She is a passionate, mature student that has been out of education for 20 years after raising her family. Sarah decided that it was time to pursue a career and embarked on her Criminology degree, this has not been easy for her as it requires dedication, time and sacrifice. It has been a real eye opener for Sarah returning to studies after so long whilst juggling her family life and working. The support Sarah has received from her family, peers and the university has made the experience more painless than expected. Sarah’s ultimate goal would be to complete a master’s degree and become a lecturer in Criminology where she can share her enthusiasm of the subject with others.

Sarah, Criminology