On 6 November 2019, Writtle University College's (WUC's) Student Success team celebrated the launch of a new initiative. The Mentoring Programme encourages students to access advice and create contacts that will aid them in their future careers. Students benefited from talks and one-to-one advice from experienced, highly knowable mentors. WUC was delighted to welcome:
- Jamie Drummond, Essex Boys and Girls Clubs
- Tim Goodman, The Living Bar Co
- Nick Looby, Feet on the Ground
- Josefine Woodley, ATDP/S3 Science
- Emma Dyer, Equine Careers
- Angela Gakis, Buddy Bag Foundation Ambassador
Additional mentors will be introduced to students over the coming weeks, as part of a rolling scheme.
Head of Student Success, Donna Franklin, said: "It was wonderful to welcome our mentors to campus as we launched Writtle University College's six-month mentoring programme yesterday. We are passionate about making a difference to the outcomes of our students so that they can achieve their personal goals and build networks to improve social mobility. It's important that we facilitate access to the world of work, and we recognise the added value that mentoring can bring to unlock potential in our students. Mentoring is one of many exciting initiatives we are rolling out to support student success.
"We are particularly keen to hear from our alumni. If you would like to apply to be a WUC mentor contact email@example.com."
The Students Success team supports the Higher Education learning community to ensure every student maximises their potential and unlock opportunities to reach their goals. In November, the department also marked the successful completion of a seven week peer mentor scheme. Undergraduates and postgraduates supported new students through their transition to Higher Education as part of a popular 'buddy programme'.