We recruit, train and support undergraduate students to work in local schools and colleges, providing one to one mentoring support for pupils in years 9-13. Our mentoring schemes are focused on students from widening participation backgrounds who may not have any prior experience of higher education.
We are a member of the local Aimhigher partnership and have a number of mentors who provide face-to-face and on-line support and encouragement to learners as they encounter the various transition milestones between Year 9 and Year 13. Mentors normally work with five learners each and hold meetings on a weekly basis between November - April (around 10-12 weeks). If you are interested in finding out more about Aimhigher mentoring, please email Aimhigher Coordinator Mike Thompson or call 0121 415 8176.
We also have a small number of mentors who provide subject specific support to post -16 students. We are particularly interested in working with students who are hoping to apply to the University of Birmingham through the Access to Birmingham (A2B) scheme. In particular we are looking to target those students who with some additional support should be aiming to achieve an A or B grade in their subject area. Mentors usually work with three-five learners each and hold meetings on a weekly basis between November – April (around 10-12 weeks). For more information email the Outreach Office or phone 0121 414 7693.
You can also host a student volunteer in your school or college. Organised by The Guild, the University of Birmingham student union, you can promote your volunteering opportunities on the Guild website by emailing the Guild volunteering team. Note that this scheme is completely separate to the activities organised by our Outreach team above.