On Thursday 5 May, Aston students who support their peers in a variety of ways were treated to an evening of celebration dedicated to them and their achievements.
Peer Mentors and Writing Mentors received certificates and awards for their involvement in the programmes, and were congratulated by Professor Helen Higson who is a great supporter of the schemes.
Peer Mentoring, co-ordinated by the Learner Enhancement Team, has seen nearly 1500 students get involved this year, with mentors supporting mentees through every step of their time at Aston enabling all students to make the most of their University experience.
Awards were given to the following mentors, who had offered outstanding support to the students they mentored:
Jounita Wright, LHS - Pre-Entry E-Mentor of the Year
Ravinder Kaur Judge, IDS – Transition Mentor of the Year
Samantha Peat, ABS - Placement Mentor of the Year
Ravinder’s mentee said...
“I struggled with the transition into University. However, when I had my first peer mentoring session with Ravinder she straight away calmed any nerves that I had. She reassured me that it would take time but everything would fall into place and she was right. If Ravinder hadn't listened to my problems, I am not sure I would have made it this far through my first year at University.”
During the current academic year the Learning Development Centre has employed seven writing mentors and between them they have held over 250 mentoring sessions.
All of the current writing mentors are leaving Aston this year, but their dedication and professionalism to their roles has been outstanding and they will be greatly missed.
Initially the writing mentor scheme was part of the Write Now project, which ended last year, but the impact and work of the writing mentors has ensured the continuation of the scheme at Aston for years to come.
For further information please contact:
firstname.lastname@example.org for Peer Mentoring Scheme
email@example.com for Writing Mentors Scheme
Words by Victoria Carroll
12 May 2011