Mentoring Opportunities 2014


Job Description: Graduate Support Scheme 2014/15 Mentor

Job Purpose: The Graduate Support Scheme 2014/15 is funded by HEFCE with the intention of attracting underrepresented groups into postgraduate taught education. There are 29 taught programmes and one Faculty involved in the Scheme.

The Department has been successful in its HEFCE bid for four funded places for full-time home/EU MA students beginning in September 2014. As part of this programme, the Department will be appointing one or two mentors for bursary recipients and also for the entire MA class. The positions for this pilot scheme will paid at a rate set by UCL. For more information on the GSS Bursaries please see here: http://www.ucl.ac.uk/art-history/prospective_students/masters_students/graduate-bursary-support-scheme2014

The key elements of the Scheme are:

  • Fee waivers and living allowance bursaries per participating programme of study
  • Summer schools
  • Childcare support
  • Mentoring

It is anticipated that mentors will be required to work around 8 hours per month for approximately 18 months and will start in March 2014. The exact hours will be decided by individual departments. They will be paid in accordance with the appropriate UCL salary scale grade. The mentor will specialise in one programme of study and form a good relationship with the students on that programme. It is anticipated that the mentor will be the point of contact for current and prospective students for the kind of more informal questions and advice which students may seek from a peer rather than from a representative of a department.


Person Specification

  • Current UCL Postgraduate research student in years 2 , 3 or 4
  • Good knowledge of UCL procedures
  • In depth knowledge of the particular programme they are mentoring
  • Ability to relate to and understand the needs of postgraduate taught students
  • A good understanding of the current UK educational environment, in particular in relation to postgraduate taught education
  • A good knowledge and understanding of the opportunities and difficulties of living and working in London


Job description

  • To assist current students with difficulties and problems relating to their programme of study, including following up actions and acting on behalf of the student when necessary
  • To form a good relationship with current students
  • To be available at agreed “surgery” hours for consultations by current or prospective students if required by the employing department
  • To give advice to prospective students regarding any aspect of postgraduate study at UCL, but in particular relating to the programme of study
  • To be willing to be involved in promotional activities related to their programme, including giving talks and assisting with open days and events
  • To be willing to undertake any training required for the proper performance of this role
  • To undertake any other duties which could reasonably be expected to be performed within the spirit of the role.


Application procedure:

To apply please submit the following by email to
Fred Schwartz (f.schwartz@ucl.ac.uk), Natasha Eaton (n.eaton@ucl.ac.uk) and Jenni Gove (jenni.grove@ucl.ac.uk):

  • Expression of interest, outlining any specific experience relevant to the position
  • CV

Closing date: midnight 13 April 2014