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Student Mentors

Applications for the post of Student Mentor on the LEAPS High Flyers residential programme closed at midday on Wednesday 27th March 2019.

About High Flyers
High Flyers 2019 is a short residential experience for a group of 42 pupils, drawn from 7 local schools with, traditionally, lower levels of progression to Higher Education. The pupils who attend will have just completed S4 and are 15-16 years old. They are selected by their schools on the basis of their potential to go to university. This year the event will take place from Tuesday 11th to Thursday 13th June 2019.

The group (including four Student Mentors) will stay in University of Edinburgh student accommodation at Pollock Halls for 2 nights, and will spend the 3 day programme between 4 local universities (Edinburgh Napier University, Heriot-Watt University, Queen Margaret University and the University of Edinburgh) taking part in academic and generic workshops on student life and university study. There will also be social activities in the evenings in which you will be involved.

Although this event is brief, it is an excellent opportunity to gain experience of working with pupils of this age to support them to gain a more realistic picture of university level study and student life. This experience will assist pupils in making a more informed decision about their future plans after they leave school.

The Role of the Student Mentor
Each Student Mentor will be responsible for a group of 10 or 11 pupils. At various points during the week, Student Mentors will be expected to lead activities with their group and to support, enthuse, and encourage pupils, sharing their experience of and their enthusiasm for Higher Education. Student Mentors will be supported by a team of 6 staff from LEAPS and the participating partner universities (Edinburgh Napier University, Heriot-Watt University, Queen Margaret University and the University of Edinburgh). A full briefing on the role of Student Mentor will be delivered to the selected 4 Student Mentors on Wednesday 5th June 2019 at Edinburgh Napier University, but typical Student Mentor responsibilities will include:

  • Accompanying pupils to academic workshops, generic sessions and social activities taking place at the four participating universities.
  • Being vigilant at all times regarding the whereabouts of your pupils and immediately reporting any concerns to the staff team.
  • Getting to know all the pupils in your group. Encouraging them and enthusing them about the programme and student life in general. 
  • Familiarising yourself with the programme and being aware of what activities are happening each day. Being proactive and anticipating what might need to be done or communicated to your group of pupils in advance of these activities taking place.
  • The planning and delivery of a short 30 minute session on 'Student Life' which is presented, as a Student Mentor team, to the pupils. 

What we look for in a Student Mentor
In order to be a Student Mentor you should:

  • be in, or beyond, second year of your undergraduate studies
  • be able to work as part of a team, both with other Student Mentors and with LEAPS and partner university staff (Edinburgh Napier University, Heriot-Watt University, Queen Margaret University, University of Edinburgh)
  • be able to facilitate discussion and encourage participation in a group
  • have good time management skills
  • be able to generate a supportive and creative environment
  • demonstrate genuine enthusiasm for being at university
  • be willing to share your journey to becoming a student and your experience of Higher Education
  • be sensitive to the reactions of the pupils to the event and be proactive in recognising any issues that arise where appropriate
  • be approachable and enjoy working with young people - pupils will see mentors as role models

It is very desirable for candidates to have prior experience as a LEAPS volunteer or as a Student Ambassador for one of the participating universities. We would also value any work you have carried out on other university summer schools or in the area of widening participation.

How we appoint the Student Mentor Team
Student Mentors are absolutely key to the success of this event. We are looking to employ a team of 4 mentors, ideally comprising of a proportionate mix of students from across the partner universities (Edinburgh Napier University, Heriot-Watt University, Queen Margaret University, University of Edinburgh) and across a range of subjects (where possible). 

Contract and Payment
You will be employed on a contract. We can only hire you if you provide evidence of your eligibility to work in the UK. As the role constitutes regulated work with children under the PVG Scheme, we also require satisfactory completion of a PVG Scheme Application (or Existing Scheme Member Update) which will be carried out and paid for by LEAPS prior to starting the role.

Payment will be £400 (gross) for the time commitment outlined below. It should be noted that, because of the dates of the event, Student Mentors will receive the money in their bank accounts at the end of July 2019. Please note, the cost of all accommodation and meals will be met by LEAPS. Student Mentors will receive the appropriate number of scheduled breaks through the day and evening programme.
Time Commitment
Student Mentors need to be able to attend all of the High Flyers dates (including evenings and overnight stays) and a training afternoon. Please note we also require you to visit the LEAPS Office week beginning 15th April 2019 to complete the necessary PVG paperwork and documents relating to your contract. The time commitment for this role is therefore:

  • 30 minute meeting at LEAPS Office (Holyrood Road, EH8 8AQ) on a date/time tbc from Monday 15th - Thursday 18th April 2019
  • 13.30-17.00 on Wednesday 5th June 2019 for a training afternoon at Edinburgh Napier University (campus tbc)
  • 09.00 on Tuesday 11th June until 20.30 on Thursday 13th June 2019 (inclusive) for the High Flyers programme

​How to apply to be a Student Mentor

  • The closing date for applications is midday on Wednesday 27th March 2019.
  • All applicants will be sent an acknowledgement to confirm the receipt of their application (by e-mail) by 5pm on Wednesday 27th March 2019.
  • Invitations to those selected for the interview and selection process will be emailed on Wednesday 3rd April 2019.
  • Interviews will take place on the afternoon of Wednesday 10th April 2019 at the University of Edinburgh's Holyrood Campus (room tbc).

Please note, we strongly encourage applications from students who are typically underrepresented in Higher Education. In particular, we welcome applications from care-experienced students and young adult carer students.

Please also note, we are unable to provide feedback to candidates at application stage but will be able to offer feedback to applicants who are unsuccessful following interview.


Questions about the Student Mentor role
If you have any questions about being a Student Mentor, or would like to talk through what the role involves in more detail, please don't hesitate to contact Claire Aitchison or Joanne Stubbs at the LEAPS Office on 0131 650 4676 or email