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Residence Mentor role - applications open soon!

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Do you want to become a Residence Mentor for the academic year 2018-19?  Do you want to boost your CV? Do you want to gain valuable work experience?  Are you thinking about where to live next year? 

The role of Residence Mentor might just be for you.  Applications will be opening soon so keep an eye out for more information in the newsletter or from your Residence Mentor.

Main responsibilities:

  • Supporting students living in University accommodation by providing support and dealing with low-level conduct issues such as noise and flatmate disagreements. The Residence Mentor role includes a whole lot of signposting to appropriate support services!
  • Organising your own community building activities and helping with Residence Life events.  Residence Mentors are also expected to help facilitate a range of campaigns that the University and Residence Life run. This includes the Community Living Campaign and Consent Conversations.

Working hours:

  • Before term starts - Successful candidates are expected to attend the RM induction fortnight (2 week period before the semester begins) and Arrivals Weekend.
  • During University term-time (15 hours per week) - Residence Mentors work two evening shifts per week, which are scheduled from 6pm until 12 midnight (12 hours a week). The 6 hour shift will include a briefing, visits to flats and individual students, a drop-in hour, time to accurately log all activity, scheduled tours around the accommodation site and a sign-off procedure.
  • The other remaining 3 hours per week are allotted for team meetings,  Progress Reviews and time spent organising and running your own community building activities.

Application and interview process

You will be required to fill out an application form for this role.  Once the deadline has passed, you will be informed if you have been selected to proceed to the next stage of the application process.

Tips:

  • Job application: Refer to the Person Specification whilst writing your application, and ensure that you refer to all of the required skills, giving examples of where you have demonstrated these and highlighting relevant experience.
  • Group interview: Residence Life are looking for candidates who can demonstrate a variety of skills, including the confidence to deal with difficult situations and the ability to show empathy, teamwork and excellent listening skills. They will also be on the lookout for candidates who encourage a community spirit around the residences and demonstrate event planning skills.
  • Check out the Career Service page for more excellent hints and tips on completing an amazing application form and excellent interview techniques.

Need more information?

We interviewed four current Residence Mentors to find out What's so great about being a Residence Mentor? Check out what they said they love about the role.

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