The UNSW Science Alum&Us Mentoring program connects Science students with established alumni. It provides students with practical support and a significant opportunity to focus on career development during the transition from study to work.
Evidence shows that students who participate in mentoring while at university are happier with their chosen majors, achieve better academic results and benefit from being introduced to new career and study paths.
Similarly, mentors report high levels of satisfaction in assisting the next generation of scientists, problem solvers and critical minds. Mentors can also expand their communication skills and are able to recognise and value their own skill set and knowledge through transference to others.
The Alum&Us mentoring program will be delivered via five face-to-face sessions over a ten week period and appear on each successful participants’ AHEGS statement.
Students will be matched with mentors based on their area of study, industry experience, communication style and shared interests.
UNSW Science has a strong commitment to equity, diversity and inclusion as reflected in the EDI vision below:
The UNSW Faculty of Science aims to provide an equitable place of work and study that will stimulate innovation, productivity, and progress and will enable staff and students to realise their potential regardless of background. We hold that diversity is required to foster an environment that produces robust, credible and pioneering science of global impact and trains the next generation of scientists.
UNSW Science believes that deliberately fair, equitable, and inclusive practice can serve to realise this vision. We are commited to reducing barriers that impede equity, diversity, and inclusion via implementation of initiatives and practices that will benefit staff and students alike.
While we welcome all mentees and mentors, we strongly encourage applications from people from under-represented groups. These include women and students from Indigenous, LGBTQIA, low socio-economic, culturally and linguistically diverse, rural/regional and disability backgrounds.
This focus is both in recognition of the unique challenges facing individuals from these backgrounds and the importance of having a mentoring cohort that represents the current diversity in Science and cultivates the promise of an increasingly diverse future.