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Online Mentoring in Action Presenters: Sharon Farrow - Birmingham City University Dorothy Spencer - Brightside. Brightside…. Uses online technology to connect, inform and inspire more young people to achieve their potential through education. Brightside - Background.

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Online Mentoring in Action

  • Presenters:
  • Sharon Farrow - Birmingham City University
  • Dorothy Spencer - Brightside
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Brightside…

Uses online technology to connect, inform and inspire more young people to achieve their potential through education.

brightside background
Brightside - Background
  • Supported 25,000 young people with ementoring
  • Work with 34 universities
  • Online engagement varies between scope and duration:
    • Standalone ementoring
    • Online exchanges supporting face to face activities
    • Online competitions
  • Our partners also use ementoring:
      • To encourage uptake of specific subjects
      • As additional support for teachers
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Ask @Birmingham City University

  • Why?
  • Equip new students with information about university life including work-life balance
  • Support new students during their transition to university, aiming to contribute towards student recruitment, conversion and retention
  • Encourage penultimate, and final year students to start thinking about their future post-graduation
  • Support students in researching and applying for jobs post-graduation with a view to increasing the amount of graduates entering employment
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Why choose E-mentoring, and Brightside?

  • Unique and flexible way for all participants to get involved in mentoring
  • Previous success stories with schools and other HEI’s
  • Quality and range of training materials available
  • Specific URL and tailor made website for the scheme
  • Ongoing monitoring, and evaluation support
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What we did

  • Recruiting Mentees and Mentors
  • Contacted internal colleagues to encourage them to promote the scheme to students
  • Advertised scheme in the New Students Arrival Guide
  • Presence at Freshers Fair
  • Global Emails to all students and staff
  • Presence on website
  • Email to all employer contacts to encourage them to act as mentors
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Things we learnt

  • Not easy to recruit Business Mentors, employers are keen but time poor.
  • Student motivation – selling the benefits of mentoring,
  • Understanding mentoring – many participants wanted to act as a mentor, but not a mentee.
  • Involve Alumni/Contacts/Marketing Team. They can recruit mentors on your behalf
  • Produce case studies, quotes etc as soon as possible in order to promote your scheme
  • Plan another recruitment campaign to launch after Christmas, many students only then realise that they could benefit from the scheme.
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Quotes

Business Mentee

“I saw the scheme as an opportunity to learn and I wanted someone to guide me through my dreams. I would recommend the scheme to students for sharpening their aspirations, and for motivation to pursue ones dreams”

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Stage Two Business Mentor (Birmingham City University Alumni)

“It’s a good opportunity for personal development, and to give something back. The training is useful as a refresher, or for developing a new skill. I’ve been able to help my mentee with course information, and support his career plans. The key thing is flexibility. It doesn’t take much time and that’s a real plus. It’s an innovative idea. If it was traditional mentoring, I probably wouldn’t have time to do it.

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What do participants gain from the scheme

  • Mentees
  • Increased confidence
  • Increased motivation
  • ‘Insider’ knowledge
  • The ability and opportunity to learn from others’ mistakes
  • Increased knowledge of services across the University
  • Better work-life balance
  • Fuller involvement in University Life, therefore a better Student Experience
  • More prepared for life post university
  • Increased links and knowledge of/with employers/organisations
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What do participants gain from the scheme?

  • Mentors
  • Develop new skills in supervision, signposting and advising
  • Improved communication skills
  • Professional development
  • Increased understanding of issues facing university leavers
  • Opportunity to ‘put something back’ into society/community
  • Keep up to date with the latest thinking/technology
  • Talent Spotting
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Ementoring website – Key features

  • Customised to fit in with University branding
  • Place to house additional resources – activities and library
  • Good evaluation tools:
    • Downloadable reports
    • Activity graphs
    • Review communication
  • Child protection facilities (useful for under 18s)
critical success factors for ementoring
Critical success factors for ementoring
  • Clarity of message to students – ‘what’s it for?’
  • Structure– give participants a discussion topic per month.
    • Give students broad outline
    • Give mentors detail
  • Don’t view in isolation – what else can it support/ interact with?
  • Invest time in making it work
  • The quality of mentors counts! Mentors need to be able to motivate students
  • Conduct all programme communication via the designated website
top tips
Top Tips
  • Identify key areas within your organisations strategy where e-mentoring could work
  • Identify potential coordinators in other areas/departments of your organisation and roll the scheme out
  • Offer certificates to all participants
  • Publicity – create case studies, award nominations, news items
  • Awards for Mentors and Mentees
  • Potential meet and mix session with mentees and mentors