Year 13s, 2nd year college students and students who have studied an Access to HE course, who have been made an offer to study with us and who have chosen Oxford Brookes as their first choice University, and who come from a Widening Participation background.
We work to raise aspirations and educational attainment among prospective students from underrepresented groups, to:
- prepare them for higher education
- ensure success on their programme of study
- improve their employment prospects
- open possibilities for postgraduate study
- give them opportunities to return to learning throughout their lives
The scheme aims to support potential students arriving in the 2024/23 academic year by offering peer mentoring with one of our current undergraduate students.
As well as E-mentoring support, the secure platform allows students to hear first-hand experiences directly from students, as well as having access to our website which provides resources about university, careers, student finance and well being support we offer.
Using an online portal, the undergraduates will communicate with a student as they prepare to join Brookes. This may involve providing support during the stressful exam period, giving advice on how to manage results day and providing practical guidance on what they should bring to university.
Participants can ask questions about courses, general student life, helping them to feel prepared for their next steps into Higher Education. Where possible mentees are matched to a student mentor who is taking the course they are applying for, or who studies a course within the same Faculty.
E-Mentoring (Online mentoring). 1:1 supportive, non-judgmental relationship, with a current Oxford Brookes University student giving time during a transitional phase
From June 2024 onwards
Students who are in Year 13 or 2nd year of college or are studying an Access to HE course. Students need to come from a widening participation background, hold an offer from Oxford Brookes and have chosen us as their firm choice.
2 cycles of 6 weeks mentoring, starting in June and July 2023. If mentees are in the first cycle, they will have the option of continuing beyond the 6 weeks if they would like to. All mentoring then ceases in September 2024 but mentees will still have access to look back over conversations on the online platform.
Anywhere, the mentoring takes place on a secure online platform.
Outcomes for pupils by the effectiveness of the 16-19 programmes. High quality and impartial careers guidance ensures that learners follow study programmes that build on their prior attainment and enable them to develop clear, ambitious and realistic plans for their future. Learners understand the options available and are informed about local and national skills needs.
The programme puts young people in touch with mentors who can help them with their education and career options.
This activity support Gatsby benchmarks 3, 4 and 7.
Download our document to see how we have broken down which Gatsby Benchmarks our offerings can support with.