UCL Anthropology


Postgraduate Mentors

25 March 2014


A maximum of 4 PhD student Mentors required for Graduate Support Scheme Mentor

(for the following programmes: MSc Anthropology, Environment and Development, MA Culture, Materials and Design, MSc Medical Anthropology, MSc Social and Cultural Anthropology)

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. Within the Anthropology Department, the programmes involved include MSc Anthropology, Environment and Development, MA Culture, Materials and Design, MSc Medical Anthropology, MSc Social and Cultural Anthropology. The key elements of the Scheme are to provide:

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

Mentors will be required to work approximately 8 hours per month for 18 months starting in April 2014. They will be paid an hourly rate of £13.55 (Grade 5). Specific times of work will be subject to agreement but one could expect that some times of year would be busier than others. The mentor will (normally) specialise in one programme of study and form a good relationship with the students on that programme. It is anticipated that the mentors 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 Anthropology 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
  • 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.

If you are interested please send you CV and covering letter to Caroline Garaway (c.garaway@ucl.ac.uk), by Friday 11th April, also stating which programme(s) you would be able to mentor. If you need more information, please contact me also.