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US in Schools Mentoring

The US in Schools Mentoring (USiSM) programme is designed to provide direct support for young people from backgrounds that are underrepresented in Higher Education and have the academic potential to progress to university.

The University works with targeted local schools to identify young people who can benefit from mentoring support. Schools are asked to select pupils in Years 9, 10 or 11, who they believe have the academic potential to succeed in Higher Education, and meet specific Widening Participation criteria (see information for schools).

The selected pupils then meet with their matched student mentor in school, on a regular weekly basis during term time, throughout the academic year.

One-to-one Mentoring

Each mentor is placed in a partner school and matched with 3-6 mentees. Each weekly session will last around 20-30 minutes in school but outside of the classroom environment. The content of the sessions and action plans are agreed and reviewed by both the mentor and mentee, but topics they might cover include:

  • Study skills, homework and coursework support
  • University student life and finance
  • Help considering their future options, education, and career direction
  • GCSE or A Level options
  • Personal skill development (e.g. confidence, resilience, and time management)
  • The opportunity to ask questions and develop their aspirations

University visit

During the year, mentees will also have the opportunity to visit the University of Sheffield campus with their mentors. The visit includes a mentor-led session introducing pupils to university life, a tour of the University campus and/or accommodation and lunch in our award winning Students' Union.

Celebration event
At the end of the programme, all participants and their families/friends are invited to visit the University of Sheffield for our graduation style Celebration event. Each mentee is awarded a certificate, with special recognition for pupils who have engaged particularly well with the programme.

You can find more information about the programme using the buttons below.

Information for schools

Information for Parents/Carers

Information for TUoS students