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The Southampton Junior University (SJU) mentoring programme pairs one of our student mentors with a small group of specially selected learners, raising their aspirations to gain high-level passes in their school exams, and helping them to focus on education and opportunities beyond age 16.

Each Southampton Solent University undergraduate mentor is fully trained and DBS checked, and will work with up to five year 10 mentees, identified by the school, who meet at least one of the following criteria:

  • From a low participation neighbourhood.
  • First generation into higher education.
  • Young carers and ‘looked after’ children.
  • Receiving free school meals.
  • Students with a disability.
  • Students predicted as grades C/D borderline.

With nine planned events (six mentoring sessions on school premises, and three at the Southampton Solent University campus), the mentoring programme requires a certain amount of long-term commitment from your school or college. Through the events, your students  will have a unique opportunity to experience university life, meet academics and current students, and tour our university. The University will pay for all your travel costs to attend on-campus events. 

Course content

Professional information, advice and guidance will be offered throughout the duration of the programme, backed up with a thorough training package. Your students will also receive a logbook to help them get the most out of the programme; parental support with this is welcomed.

All sessions will take place around the school timetable, and we’re happy to meet with you in person to discuss the finer details of all our planned events – particularly the scheduling, aims and objectives of school-based mentoring sessions.

Due to the duration of this programme, and competition for places, we need you to submit the school booking form prior to the event; we'll then request that you get your students to complete student application forms.

How to apply

Applications will open soon for the 2015/16 programme which runs from November until March. To be alerted when applications open, or to find out more about any of the other activities that the partnerships team run throughout the year, please contact us:

Telephone: 023 8201 3938

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