Become a Mentor - current TUoS students

Recruitment for the academic year 2021-22 is now OPEN

Applications close on Wednesday 26th May 2021.Student Mentor Team

The Widening Participation team employs current students as student mentors for the US in Schools Mentoring programme, to mentor pupils in years 9 and 12-13.  

Mentor Applicants should have a keen interest in working with young people and supporting the local community. They should also have an understanding of the widening access to Higher Education agenda, and be willing to commit to the programme in a weekly session through the full school academic year.

The University of Sheffield is committed to safeguarding children and young people. 

Information on safeguarding children and young people

How to apply

Selection, recruitment and training

If you are interested in the role, please download and read the Job Description and Person Specification carefully to check your eligibility.  These are available on the Student Ambassador webpage below.

We welcome applications from all students who meet the criteria outlined in the person specification. However we are particularly interested in receiving an application from you if you meet one or more of the following criteria:

  • Attended a school that has low progression rates to Higher Education
  • From a group that is currently under-represented in Higher Education - i.e. a student from a low progression area, a Black or Minority Ethnic student (BME) / Care experienced, Young Carer or Estranged students
  • Are the first member of your family to go to university (siblings excluded)
  • Are a student with a disability
  • Attended school/sixth form/college locally (i.e. in South Yorkshire/North Derbyshire/North Nottinghamshire)
  • Have overcome personal barriers to learning/progression during your school/college education

If you are successful at the application stage you must:

  • Be available to attend an interview(see job description)
  • Be willing to undergo a full Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check
  • Attend our initial training sessions in October, as well as any follow up CPD training.

The Role

Once you have been recruited and trained, you will be ready to start your role as a mentor. Your commitment to the programme will be very important, as you will be working with schools and young people who will be looking to you as good role models. Therefore you:

  • Must have the flexibility to commit to working one half day a week for the duration of the programme (during term time, usually from end of October - May)
  • Will be able, and willing, to work on either of the programme models available to schools (one-to-one mentoring in school OR online mentoring)

For more information and to APPLY please go to the Student Ambassadors webpage below.

Student Ambassadors

Higher Education Achievement Report (HEAR)

The US in Schools Mentoring programme is one of many extra-curricular activities and awards that the University can include in your Higher Education Achievement Report (HEAR) -  a comprehensive record of your university achievements, which recognises extra-curricular achievement as well as academic learning.

You can use your HEAR to help you identify and reflect on the strengths and skills you are developing, and to provide employers and others with evidence of your university learning and experiences.

Casual Worker Agreement and Protocols

This role comes with many responsibilities. As well as providing valuable work experience for your CV, it offers the reward of working with people of all ages and from all backgrounds to help them to make informed choices on the subjects they pursue at school and the degree courses they eventually target.
The role is paid in line with the terms and conditions of the University of Sheffield's Registration Agreement For Casual Work. We ask that all Mentor applicants familiarise themselves with this document, as well as the Protocol for Managing the Dual Relationship of University of Sheffield students who work at the University.  All Mentors will be asked to sign a Code of Conduct before they start work as a Mentor.

Registration Agreement For Casual Work

Protocol for Managing the Dual Relationship of University of Sheffield students who work at the University (PDF, 129KB)