The mentoring scheme is open to all BME students including international students, home and domiciled students (e.g. 2nd or 3rd generation minorities) and asylum seekers.
The scheme offers both individual and group supports for BME students on their journey through their social work training.
The purpose of the group support is to provide opportunities for black and minority ethnic students to explore how individual and institutional factors affect their learning experiences on social work programmes including placement. A further aim of the group is to enable BME students to meet, network and develop individual and collective strategies and skills needed to manage their social work learning journey.
The scheme is a confidential service and the mentor does not take part in the assessment of a student’s practice. There is no charge for the service and travel costs can be provided to help students access the service, which is based in Edinburgh.
Students can access as many sessions of group support as they feel is helpful to them. Due to funding restrictions, at present, only 3 sessions of individual mentoring can be offered. Mentoring will be offered as part of a student’s practice learning time.
The programme is facilitated by Nasra Bibi. Students can access the scheme by contacting Nasra Bibi.