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 9536 5915
w.saunderson@ulster.ac.uk
BC-07-107B - Belfast campus

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