Reflections on a university to college student mentoring project

C. Yvette Wharton, Sarah Ramminger

Research output: Contribution to conferenceAbstract


Many challenges arise when students transition from college to university requiring numerous adjustments by the student. The university and college put in place programmes and strategies to facilitate this move successfully; however there is still scope to improve this experience. This year one initiative to facilitate a more seamless transition has been the introduction of a university student to college student mentoring programme. In this pilot project college students’ have been paired with a university student mentor who had previously experienced transition from college to university. As recognition of the importance of the mentoring role mentors will have this activity recognised on their Higher Education Achievement Report (HEAR). To be eligible for inclusion on the HEAR mentors had to attend a project induction briefing; meet with mentees at least three times; write a reflective account of their experience and attend a debriefing. Participating college students were debriefed at the end of project and their perceptions and experiences of the programme gathered. This presentation reflects and reports on two aspects; management and organisation of the project and analysis of participating students’ reflections and feedback. From these we will highlight the benefits of the project, examine the challenges and suggest future developments.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 9 Jun 2016
Event13th Enhancement Themes Conference - John McIntyre Conference Centre, Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Duration: 9 Jun 20169 Jun 2016
Conference number: 13


Conference13th Enhancement Themes Conference
Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom


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