(Poster) Student e-mentoring: addressing the challenges

Caroline Moffat and Ewa Dzieciol (Student & Academic Services)

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The Student Peer Mentoring Programme at Edinburgh Napier University has run for the last 10 years and helped new students to make a successful transition to academic study and university life. On the back of this successful programme, we have expanded the student mentoring we offer by developing two new e-mentoring projects.

The first project “Ask an experienced student” was piloted in August 2013 and targeted students from specific wider access backgrounds (care leavers and SIMD20 students) in the two weeks prior to starting at the University. These students were matched with experienced student mentors who communicated with them via email.

The second project “EN-linked abroad” will be piloted this September, and will match exchange students studying abroad with trained Edinburgh Napier student mentors who have previous experience of studying abroad.

This poster provides more information on these to new projects, and looks at the benefits of e-mentoring to the University, the student mentors and the student mentee, and also explores some of the key differences between face-to-face and e-mentoring.

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