Brightside are recruiting volunteers who will help school students to gain an insight into university life and make key decisions around their GCSE option. All mentors will be current UCL students- undergraduates and postgraduates are welcome- and mentees will be students at UCL Academy.
We will match groups of 2-3 volunteers with classes at UCL Academy and you will attend four sessions with the class. You'll talk to them about your experiences of education and answer their questions. Brightside and teachers will be there to facilitate the sessions. You'll talk about subjects such as what life is like as a uni student, your course, how school prepared you for uni and how you approaches making decisions about your education.
These sessions will help raise the aspirations of the school students. You'll help them understand their options and the reality of studying at university so pupils can make more confident and informed decisions about their futures.
We will be running sessions at the school on1 Mar & 8 Mar. Volunteers can attend one or both.
Alongside other UCL students, you will share your experiences of university with Level 1 (Year 8) students and take part in a Q&A. Teachers will be in the class to run the session and Brightside staff will be there for support.
You'll need to attend our training session on zoom. Before sessions, you will need to have a think about the topics we'll be covering so you're prepared to share your views and experience. You'll need to make sure you can arrive at the school in time for every session you sign up to.