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The School of Biological Sciences have successfully launched a pilot mentoring programme which has connected current students to relevant industry mentors for the academic year of 2022/23 - and we are very EXCITED!
What better way to develop as a student than having an experienced mentor guiding you?
Over the years we have recognised the importance of students having access to industry professionals. This access to experienced mentors will support students to learn about career options, developing and building skills and confidence and building a network of connections to support students in their career journey.
It is evident that this connection to industry professionals is sought by students as we had 3 times the number of students to mentors apply. We have successfully matched students across our undergraduate and postgraduate programmes to mentors from broad areas of:
- Food Science
- Environmental Agencies
- Health Science
- Business Management
The mentoring allows each mentor and mentee to discuss and agree aims and goals from the programme and plan out best ways to reach these. This could include:
- Career Development
- Presentations and Public Speaking
- Business Start-Up
- Building Networks
- Recruitment and Training
- Increasing Career and Business Confidence
- Problem Solving
- Someone to Support and Sounding Board
- Organisation and Planning
- Profile and Visibility
- Interviews and Pitches
We are sure that the programme will be a success and many benefits will have been gained.
THANK YOU - to our mentors for volunteering your time and resources to support mentees.
We want to provide students with a support network to think about the career options open to them and encourage them to understand the skills they have as well as the skills they need to develop.
The School of Biological Sciences is a busy, multidisciplinary community. Spanning everything from agricultural technology to zoology. The School has approximately 1000 students broadly covering food security, microbiology, ecosystem biology to sustainability.
Work Related Learning (WRL) is an important part of university life, it enhances students’ understanding of the world of work; themselves and their potential work environments. As a result, students are further empowered to enter and succeed in graduate job markets; the world of work and their wider lives.
Over the years we have developed a very successful work placement programme and want to add to the opportunities to connect students with industry professionals.
As part of our WRL offerings the Biological Sciences will deliver a pilot mentoring programme in 2022/23 with the aim of a mentoring cohort being launched yearly.
Information for Mentors
Mentoring is a great opportunity for students to gain real insight as to what career options are open to them. It is a rewarding experience for you to help someone progress and achieve their full potential in their future career.
- Express an Interest to Mentor
Mentoring involves sharing your knowledge, skills and experience to help your Mentee progress, to seek new opportunities and have a clearer idea of their career direction after graduation.
- Information for Students
Mentoring is a great opportunity for students to gain real insight as to what career options are open to them and gain an understanding of opportunities and options to achieve their full potential in their future career.
There are many benefits of having a mentor:
- Increased confidence and performance
- The opportunity to learn from a role model
- A broader perspective
- Explore possible solutions
- Help in clarifying and setting development goals
- Expanded network
- A safe environment to test out ideas and suggestions
- Apply to the Mentor Programme - Students
Applications for 2022-2023 are now open
Please see a link below to the School of Biological Sciences – Employer Newsletter for 2022/23. Included is a review of successes from 2021/22, opportunities to connect and engage with the careers and placement team and students for the upcoming 2022/23 year. We look forward to engaging with you and wish to thank you for continued support of the School programmes and students.
We are absolutely delighted to be ranked number 1 in the Times Good University Guide for Biological Sciences Graduate Prospects.
What does this mean?
Simply our students are finding the right level of graduate employment and further study post- graduation!
This is a fantastic achievement for the School and acknowledges the hard work of all our amazing staff in helping with our students early career development.
A big thank you to the employers who have recruited from us consistently through our Work Placement programmes at Undergraduate and Masters level.
And to the wonderful students we work with this is a highlight of their commitment, dedication and achievements.
Good University Guide | The Times
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