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Students as Peer Mentors: The Value of Mentors and Mentees in Year Zero, Art and Design

Dickson, Rachel (2014) Students as Peer Mentors: The Value of Mentors and Mentees in Year Zero, Art and Design. In: The European First Year Experience Conference 2014 Conference Proceedings. Nottingham Trent University Publications, pp. 40-46. ISBN 978-0-9931112-0-4 [Book section]

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The author identified a need within the student body to improve transition and the student experience within a year one undergraduate program. This conference paper discussed the development, delivery and evaluation of a peer mentor program in Belfast School of Art. The program was unique at Ulster University, as it sits apart from the traditional PASS system of academic support. This mentor program focuses on the social support required for successful transition of new students in to third level education. The aim of the program was to improve transition, retention, success and overall student satisfaction and the student experience. Retention data was collected, in conjunction with qualitative comments from students, both mentors and mentees. The data showed an overwhelming improvement in retention within the program, and increased confidence among both mentors and mentees and an increased sense of belonging to the course, School and University. The peer mentor program was subsequently undertaken in all undergraduate programs within the School. The presentation of findings led to the program being implemented in other Schools within Ulster University, highlighting the impact that such work may have across disciplines. The paper was presented at the European First Year Experience conference at Nottingham Trent University, and published in the conference proceedings. The author acted as conference submission peer reviewer for the proceedings.

Item Type:Book section
Keywords:mentor, peer mentor, pedagogy, art and design, students as partners
Faculties and Schools:Faculty of Art, Design and the Built Environment > Belfast School of Art
Faculty of Art, Design and the Built Environment
Research Institutes and Groups:Art and Design Research Institute > Creative Ecologies
Art and Design Research Institute
ID Code:39272
Deposited By: Ms Rachel Dickson
Deposited On:09 Jan 2018 08:50
Last Modified:09 Jan 2018 08:50

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