Studiosity Student Connect Peer Mentoring Service
In a first for Ulster University, ‘Student Connect’ offers a coordinated and quality-assured approach to mentoring for first year students that will help new students settle into Ulster.
Would you like to sign up to be a mentor and get paid for helping new students?
If any of following apply to you, you should consider applying to be a mentor as part of the University’s new Studiosity ‘Student Connect’ Peer Mentoring Service:
- I will be a final year undergraduate student in the next academic year (2021/22).
- I have been invited to apply by your school or course director for academic year (2021/22).
- I will be a postgraduate student in the next academic year (2021/22) who has recently completed an undergraduate degree at Ulster (within the last 3 academic years).
Studiosity seeks to remotely match first year students who need help, to fully trained student mentors who are on (or who have previously completed) the same or similar course.
Studiosity Student Connect enhances informal peer networks that students make at university and helps those who may not have been able to develop such networks.
The service will be fully managed and quality assured on behalf of the University by our partner Studiosity, and will offer significant benefits for both the mentors and mentees.
Full training will be provided, and you will also be reimbursed for your time as a mentor.
This is a mentoring opportunity to include on your CV, enhancing your employability.
Benefits for mentors
'Student Connect' provides benefits for final year undergraduate students including:
- giving something back to those starting their learning journey.
- feeling more connected to the University community and the course ‘family’.
- payment of £10 per hour which is paid by the minute for the mentoring they provide. Further details will be provided.
- valuable work experience, training, and employability skills.
- Edge credit.
Benefits for first year mentees
'Student Connect' provides benefits for first year students including:
- providing an informal avenue of support to first year students in their transition to University who may feel uncertain or reserved in approaching a member of staff
- helping them settle in and guide them in how to plan and structure their learning
- alleviating concerns through a friendly and accessible mentoring service provided by final year students
To be eligible to apply as a student mentor, you must meet the criteria specified above an be in Good Academic standing in 2021/22.
Having Good Academic Standing means that you are not carrying any resits at the point of application.
If applications exceed the number of mentors required factors previous experience of mentoring or other educational support (desirable) will be taken into consideration including experience of:
- peer mentoring or other educational support such as PASS
- tutoring in Schools
- UUSU leadership roles such as Student Rep, Student Councillor or Club/Society Committee member.
- working in other supporting roles
There are other points to note including:
- as part of the selection process you will be asked to take a communication test delivered by Studiosity and your performance will be taken into consideration.
- academic performance on first year modules may be taken into consideration as part of the mentor-mentee matching process.
- students who meet the criteria within the ratios of mentors required will be selected on a first come first serve basis.
- if a student is not offered a mentoring opportunity in the first round, a waiting list may be held for eligible applicants.
- students will be informed about the outcome of the application within 6-8 weeks.
- the decision of selectors is final
How to apply: step-by-step
Applications are currently open as we have some further opportunities available for some courses.
Please follow these steps to apply. This will only take about 30 minutes to complete.
Please apply as soon as possible to avoid dissappointment as students who meet the criteria within the ratios of mentors required will be selected on a first come first serve basis.
- login using student number and password
- select 'Access Studiosity'
- select the 'Become a Student Mentor link' on the right hand side and enter your phone number
- complete the application process which includes a Student Mentor Communication Screening Test
- Studiosity require some documents to verify your identity and skillset. Check you receive an email requesting these documents from firstname.lastname@example.org.
- follow the guidance provided in the email to submit your documents.
- check you get a confirmation email from Studiosity within 24 hours notifying you that your documents have been received
When will you find out if you have been successful
We will try to inform you about the outcome of the application ASAP but within 6-8 weeks.
Who to contact if you have a question
If there are any issues with application please contact Catherine O'Donnell via email: email@example.com