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Gumsa Mentoring Document[1]

Gumsa Mentoring Document[1]

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In the Name of Allah, Most beneficent, Most Merciful
Aims of the Mentoring Scheme
Having a mentor at university can make a huge difference to the speed withwhich new students manage to settle into a new university life. Just knowing thatsomebody is there to listen and is genuinely interested in helping can makestudents feel supported.The Mentoring Scheme is open to all new starters Glasgow University from Allfaculties including the GIC.
Benefits of the Mentoring Scheme
The acquisition of new skills and increased knowledge that can be applied toyour own life and in your personal experience.
The opportunity to share your learning and experience with a new student.
The development of new perspectives and ideas.
How will I be paired up in a Mentoring relationship?
GUMSA will administer the Mentoring Scheme and will:
Select pairings.
Review the buddying agreement at the start of the relationship.
Provide support, when assistance is requested and where appropriate.
Review the buddying evaluations at the end of the relationship.The Mentoring Scheme Co-ordinator (Omar for brothers and Aya for sisters) willtry to find a suitable match for theindividuals based on the information providedon the initial application form, via GUMSA website.Although it cannot be guaranteed that all requirements will be matched entirely, a‘best fit’ approach will be taken wherever possible.In the unlikely event that you experience problems with the relationship thatcannot be resolved between yourselves, please contact the Mentoring SchemeCo-ordinator.
How will the Mentoring scheme work?
Mentoring a fresher means you will:
Help them with practical issues that they may be embarrassed to keep askingabout relating to their faith or course.
During the first week of joining show them the environment and facilities bothinside and outside University i.e. local banks, sandwich shops, post office.
Reassure them that they are not expected to ‘know everything’, that askingquestions of others will be quite expected.Ideally a Mentor should be of a similar faculty and background and have theability to be an ‘informal friend’. This is especially important for internationalstudents.The Mentor should make contact, by telephone or by meeting informally, soonafter they have been emailed. The appointed Mentor and Mentee should
In the Name of Allah, Most beneficent, Most Merciful
understand the importance of this role and that it will last the entire academicyear at least. We hope you make friends though for life.
How much time will I need to give?
For the relationship to be a success both students need to demonstrateenthusiasm and a real commitment to benefit from the relationship. Timecommitment may vary quite considerably between each individual pairing.Alternatively a new student may just need to call their mentor with a quick queryto clarify an issue, which would clearly take less than an hour. Thesearrangements should be discussed and decided between yourselves.
What support should I expect?
The Mentoring Scheme Co-ordinators will be available to provide you withsupport at any stage of the buddying process, although it is important you contactthe Co-ordinators directly, should you require any further assistance.You will be given the contact details of the Coordinators when you sign up to theMentoring Scheme. You can also e-mailgumsa@hotmail.co.uk at any time.
Mentoring Scheme Roles and Responsibilities
Identify the skills and areas that they’d like more information about.
Expect to receive guidance and advice from their mentor but should not expectthem to do all their coursework!
Accept responsibility for their own decisions and actions.
Acquire new skills and increased knowledge about various things.
Maintain confidentiality.The
Provide advice, information, guidance and constructive feedback, whereappropriate.
Act as the facilitator to develop the mentee’s understanding and awareness of Glasgow University
Maintain confidentiality.
Personal Attributes
People in a successful mentoring relationship should display the followingessential attributes:
The ability to listen.
Demonstrate openness and a commitment to the partnership.
Good time management and self management skills.
Assertiveness, realism and discretion.
The capacity to accept alternative points of view and ideas
In the Name of Allah, Most beneficent, Most Merciful
Mentoring Scheme Evaluation
At the end of the mentoring period, please complete this form. This exercise is animportant part of ending the Mentoring relationship, because it gives you theopportunity to reflect on your experience.The Feedback captured on this form will also help us to improve the mentoringscheme, particularly focussing on identified areas of weakness and building onany identified strengths.
Q1. What is your name?Q2. What is your subject area?Q3. Are you?
A Mentor A Mentee
Q4. Dates of Mentoring Relationship?Start: End:Q5. How many face to facemeetings did you have?Q6. If you did not meet your mentor/menteefor the duration of the scheme,what was the reason?Q7. To what extent did you achieve the objectives you initially identified inyou mentoring agreement for the mentoring scheme?
Fully achieved Partly achieved Not achieved at all
Q8. Have there been any unexpected outcomes, negative or positive, for you
If yes, please provide specific examples

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