This project has been developed upon four main Intellectual Outputs, each of them led by one partner. Together with the project management, dissemination and quality evaluation, these IOs provide the tools needed for the promotion and development of student mentoring in Higher Education Institutions.
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IO1. Student mentor training for the development of transversal competences
The Student mentor training for the development of transversal competences is a collection of lessons that aim to raise awareness amongst higher education students on their responsibility to become role models and equip them with soft skills that will be useful during their mentoring activities and for their future as professionals.
As explained above, these training materials target different groups of students. On the one hand, those who are already mentors will receive training on how to connect their activities as student mentors to the development of transversal competencies. On the other hand, higher education students, in general, will receive training to become aware of the need of acting as role models and to take action in their responsibility with society.
During the project Mentor Your Future, this set of lessons have been tested in five different countries to make sure they apply to diverse contexts.
IO2. Strategic guide on student mentoring in HEI
The second intellectual output sought to develop a common methodology for European universities to include mentoring and role-modelling activities in the curricula. As a result, we have come up with a manual addressed to mentoring programme coordinators, higher education teachers/trainers/staff and policymakers, all of the stakeholders of mentoring programmes and NGOs running student mentoring programmes.
The manual includes a theoretical foundation and guiding principles for the design, implementation and evaluation of mentoring schemes at higher education institutions in Europe. The document, which can be found on the Mentor Your Future website, gives a step-by-step explanation on how to introduce mentoring in the curricula of universities and other higher education institutions.
Together with the guide, we have developed a self-assessment tool for students to evaluate and certify those soft skills that they will develop along their journey as mentors.
IO3. Web platform for online learning and exchange
With the aim of making all our knowledge and materials available to you and anyone interested, we have created this website, which collects tools, learning methodologies, interviews, stories, presentations, and so much more. The aim of this IO is to promote awareness of the need and the benefits of student mentoring among university students, university staff and policymakers. Through dissemination activities, we have made sure to make the project known amongst our stakeholders and, thus, promote our work on student mentoring across borders.
The platform has been set in English to serve students and teachers from all over Europe, although most of the materials on it are available in the languages of the partners of the project.
However, this is only one way we have used to reach out to people like you. But we have also found another way to get in contact with our stakeholders and explain to them what mentoring is and the objectives of Mentor Your Future. And this is what we want to explain to you today. This is why you are reading this guide, isn’t it? To understand the Impact Days events. So, let’s get to it!
IO4. Impact Days: Connections and advocacy in one event
Intellectual Output 4 (IO4) called for the organization of Impact Days events, a series of events where the real impact of mentoring is showcased. During the three years of the Mentor Your Future project, each partner has developed a total of 9 events directed to university students, secondary school students and policymakers. These events have allowed us to make new connections and to advocate for student mentoring in an engaging way.
The output itself called for the development of a guideline for student mentoring programmes and higher education institutions, explaining the preparations, implementation and added value of Impact Days. And this is where we find ourselves today, hoping to bring you some light on the importance of these events and give you tips and tools to put them into practice in the future.