The Purpose of this role is to provide individual academic and study related support for disabled students, particularly those with mental health conditions; the level and type of support will vary according to individual needs. Typically, mentors will assist students to manage the impact of their condition, develop organisational skills and manage their time and workload effectively. This support will help them to develop as independent learners and maintain the necessary focus on academic progress.
The Specialist Mentor will work within the Disability Service, as part of the Wellbeing and Inclusion team, and is expected to work closely and proactively with colleagues in the Student & Academic Services Directorate, and across the University to provide high quality professional support to students.
Main Duties and Responsibilities
- The provision of mentoring support, advice and guidance to disabled students, primarily those with mental health disabilities. The aim of this support is to assist students to develop the skills and confidence to succeed in their academic careers.
- Work with a caseload of students and engage in a structured manner to deliver support as outlined by the student’s Disability Adviser.
- Suggest practical strategies and good habits to support students’ academic performance and manage anxiety/stress related to workload.
- Maintain detailed and accurate records of meetings with students and liaise with Disability Advisers to update on student progress.
- Preserve the confidential nature of the work and adhere to relevant GDPR requirements.
- Identify those at academic or psychological risk, taking appropriate action to escalate concerns as required and support students to access additional University services as necessary.
- To pursue continuous professional development, in order to maintain their knowledge base, self-awareness, and enhanced skills.
- Undertake additional work within the Disability Service commensurate with the grade e.g. support the delivery of training materials and workshops to colleagues in the academic Colleges and Schools.
- To collaborate with the wider multi-disciplinary team and associated colleagues, to provide effective wellbeing support and clear referral pathways.
- On occasion, provide assistance to students requiring physical support around campus and/or notetaking support in class.
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Year round role: 092349
Term time role: 092349
Closing Date: 10 August 2022