Issue date: 02 November 2000

The University of the West of England and the University of Bristol in partnership with their Students' Unions, have been successful in securing funding from HEFCE to run a pilot mentoring scheme in four local secondary schools - Broadoak Community School, Fairfield High School, St George Community School, Whitefield Fishponds Community School.

The aim of the mentoring scheme is to support identified pupils preparing for GCSEs with student mentors drawn from each University, After selection and training the student mentors will be working with pupils on school premises, either during or after school time. They will be asked to build a relationship of mutual trust with pupils and act as effective role models for them. They will offer encouragement and support to pupils and help to keep them focussed and on track. As well as seeking to help pupils fulfil their personal and academic potential, the mentoring scheme will address the widening participation agenda by helping to raise pupils' awareness of the opportunities which higher education can offer them.

Chris Croudace, UWE's Educational Initiatives Co-ordinator, said, “This exciting project will build upon the solid foundation laid in previous years with the Bristol Connection for Student Tutoring, now well established in both Universities.”


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