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Social Policy Student Buddy Scheme

'Student Buddies' will receive training in peer-mentoring and will hold (usually one-hour) support sessions with individual students from the year-group below them who have been identified, or who have self-identified, as needing/benefitting from mentoring and support.


Outline of Activity

'Student Buddies' will receive training in peer-mentoring and will hold (usually one-hour) support sessions with individual students from the year-group below them who have been identified, or who have self-identified, as needing/benefitting from mentoring and support.

Learning Outcomes

  • Knowledge and understanding of the peer mentoring process
  • Knowledge and understanding of the benefits of peer mentoring to the mentee
  • An ability to organise and reliably keep appointments with mentees
  • Recognition of the value and satisfaction of helping/supporting others in a structured way
  • Increased interest in the learning process and motivation to apply existing knowledge and skills
  • Increased self-confidence in personal effectiveness.

Assessment Details

Assessment of the Student Buddies will be twofold:

  1. a brief account of the mentoring activities undertaken and a reflection on these activities in terms of
    achieved learning outcomes; and
  2. a Student Buddy (Peer-Mentoring) Forum will be held at the end of the semester, where students
    will make a short pitch to peers for group discussion.

Level of Commitment

Students must arrange:

Meetings with their mentees may be a series of one-off meetings with different students as demand arises

Intermittent, or regular weekly meeting with the same student, depending on the expressed need of the mentee,

The availability of the mentor

The mediating advice of the course director/ activity provider.

A room will be booked for two hours per week as a peer mentoring space.

Related Staff

Dr Wendy Saunderson

Senior Lecturer in Social Policy
School of Applied Social and Policy Sc.
+44 28 9036 6512
w.saunderson@ulster.ac.uk
12L26 - Jordanstown campus

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