Coronavirus: Face-to-face meetings with mentees suspended until further notice
16 Mar 2020
Drawing on the advice of the University of Strathclyde we are advising as a precautionary measure that all face-to-face meetings with mentees should be suspended until further notice. For those working on the ‘Help a learn to read project’ this will mean stopping visits to schools. For those working on the access to higher education […]
Briefing for mentors – Strathclyde Engineering Academy
12 Nov 2019
Intergenerational Mentoring Network (IMN) Briefing for mentors Strathclyde Engineering Academy What is the Academy? The Engineering Academy is a programme that offers an alternative route into studying engineering at the University of Strathclyde (Strathclyde has several engineering courses ranked in the UK top 10 see https://www.strath.ac.uk/engineering/studywithus/engineeringacademy/ ). (A similar scheme operates in Edinburgh which we […]
Can you help a child or young person?
11 Nov 2019
Our project currently needs to recruit volunteer adult mentors. We are looking for volunteers who can commit to weekly or fortnightly meetings to support a young person.
In the news: Universities lower entry bar for deprived-area students
19 Feb 2019
The exam results needed for a place on some of Scotland’s most prestigious university courses are to be lowered for those from disadvantaged areas.
Applicants from some backgrounds may get into Edinburgh University with lower grades under new entry standards.
But getting the minimum grades will not guarantee a place, only take students over the threshold to be considered.
Applications would be considered based on a “range of factors” as well as grades earned, the university said.
BBC Alba features a story from the Intergenerational Mentoring Network
29 Oct 2018
A fantastic programme documenting how older and younger generations are bridging the societal gaps of modern living is on tonight. Tune into BBC ALBA at 9pm to see Hassan and Jim from the Intergenerational Mentoring Network discuss the benefits of working together across generations. Available to view on iplayer.
Research based evidence and how to spend Scottish Attainment Challenge or Pupil Equity Funding
09 Oct 2018
Scottish schools that are currently in receipt of funding from the Scottish Attainment Challenge or Pupil Equity Funding are in the position of trying to source interventions ‘…targeted at closing the poverty related attainment gap’. The National Operational Guidance 2018 provides information for schools on how to source appropriate interventions and in the ‘Scottish Attainment Challenge: Learning & Teaching Toolkit’ provides specific advice on the effectiveness and cost of 34 different interventions. However as schools seek to engage with different new projects and providers how reliable is this research informed advice?
Developing new mentoring projects
06 Oct 2018
We are currently expanding our project and supporting new mentoring initiatives throughout the UK.
Mentoring from a Headteacher’s Point of View
05 Oct 2018
Liz Ervine, Former headteacher of Springburn Academy, talks about the impact of mentoring, how schools and headteachers can support the mentoring process, and what it is like being a mentor now that she has retired.
New research shows that volunteering can help keep older adults’ minds sharp
06 Nov 2017
An interesting article on the benefits of mentoring and potential impact on cognitive functioning…
Katie Hunter wins award for her research
06 Oct 2017
Katie’s research and development work with the project has been vital since the project started in Springburn Academy. She has won the Scottish Graduate School of Social Sciences Impact Knowledge Exchange Competition 2017. The award recognises the ways in which Katie’s research has helped shape the development of our project and impacted on the the […]
Help a child learn to read – new opportunities for mentoring
02 Oct 2017
An exciting development of our mentoring work is to now support younger children in primary school. In particular we are developing a new project with Knightswood Primary School which will involve recruiting mentors to support children learning to read.
Jamie’s Journey into Accountancy
28 Jun 2017
Over the years, the project team has kept in touch with former pupils and found that some of the young people are facing a fresh set of challenges when it comes to making the leap between university and employment within their chosen profession. In this article we speak to Jamie about applying for jobs in accountancy and networking with mentors from IMN.