School of Engineering and Digital Arts

Student success (EDI) project

Student mentoring

The Student Success (EDI) Project is a two year project involvingn nine pilot schools, all working to investigate student success differences and putting in place activities to support all students. The Project aims to promote student equality by undertaking substantial research with students and staff within EDA to identify key issues and using our findings to develop activities to support student success.

We want every student to reach their potential and get the best degree they can. We are committed to making that happen.

Peer mentoring - support for students by students

Academic peer mentoring is a scheme that fosters cross-year support between students within the School of Engineering and Digital Arts (EDA). It encourages students to support each other and to learn collaboratively under the guidance of trained students, called academic peer mentors, from the year above. The scheme is flexible, confidential, and fits around your availability and preferences. Academic Peer Mentoring is open to all students on every programme of study and across all years. Full training is provided to mentors and your involvement will be reflected on your student records.

Academic peer mentoring aims to:

  • provide students with a supportive environment to assist their transition to higher education
  • help students acquire a clear view of course direction and expectations
  • develop student’s  independent learning and study skills to meet the requirements of higher education
  • to involve students as partners in their learning experience.

For mentees, the scheme provides a great source of support from someone who is a few steps ahead in their University career. For mentors, not only are you providing invaluable assistance to another EDA student, you are developing transferable skills, meeting new people and gaining some great experience for your CV.

Become a mentor

If you have read the job description and feel that you possess the requisite skills to become a mentor, please click on the application form tab For further information, please contact David Atkins, Student Success, EDI Project Officer.

If you are an EDA student, consider exploring our full directory of academic peer mentors and contact a mentor directly.

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Upcoming events

Wellbeing week

The School of Engineering and Digital Arts is proud to host a week-long series of events from Monday 16th May to Friday 20th May promoting mental health awareness and wellbeing, open to staff and students at Kent.

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Gaming nights

EDA's weekly gaming nights offer an opportunity for EDA students to take a break from their studies in Jennison's engineering labs and computer suites. The engineering and digital media programmes

The gaming nights aim to:

  • provide students with an opportunity to meet their peers; engineering and digital media students mingle together.
  • promote a sense of belongingness in the School.
  • provide an informal space for students and staff to socialise and understand students’ concerns.
  • provide students a break from their studies. Breaks help to:
    • retain information
    • keep us from getting bored and unfocused
    • re–evaluate our goals.

Get involved

If you are interested in the gaming nights we meet Monday evenings, 6-8pm in Jennison Lecture Theatre. We run a PS4 on the projector with a small selection of games (e.g., Injustice, Worms, Fifa). However, feel free to bring your own consoles/games.

For further information, please contact David Atkins, Student Success, EDI Project Officer.

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Progress profiles

The progress profiles system is a new scheme currently being piloted in EDA. Twice a term, students are sent a summary of their academic progress; students are presented their coursework progress alongside their attendance for each module. The visual format of the progress profiles, both graphical and using a traffic light system, directs the user’s attention to areas of concern and yields a richer understanding of a student's academic progress for both the student and academic adviser; thus, stimulating richer student-academic adviser discussions. Releasing the profiles twice a term enables students to track their progress by comparing and contrasting their current profile with previous profiles.

The progress profiles aim to:

  • enable students and Academic Advisers to efficiently understand and track their student’s academic progress
  • stimulate a conversation between students and Academic Advisers
  • illustrate, in some cases, the relationship between attendance and coursework progress.

The future

This scheme is currently being piloted and is evolving following user feedback. There are many ideas underway to develop this scheme further, however, we would love to have your opinion. If you have any thoughts about the scheme, please contact David Atkins, Student Success, EDI Project Officer.

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Virtual student adviser - coming soon

Two versions of the scheme are currently in development. The first version introduces an exercise to students in which they self-evaluate their expectations, strengths, weaknesses and barriers in relation to their academic activities. As students self-evaluate, they are presented recommendations, to be followed up, which signpost to resources that can support the tackling of academic barriers, engage weaknesses and maximize strengths. In this version, students can directly see the relationship between their self-evaluation and the resources available to them to engage issues raised in their self-evaluation.

The second is designed to be more of a mobile web application – a signposting resource that fits into the students pocket. it uses a decision tree style to enable students to quickly identify the most appropriate University resources to help them overcome any barriers to their academic progress.

The virtual student adviser aims to:

  • enable students to identify their strengths and weaknesses in relation to their degree programme
  • enable students to identify any potential barriers to the academic progress
  • present recommendations on how to overcome any barriers
  • enable students to quickly identify the optimal resources to overcome barriers.

Contact us

School of Engineering and Digital Arts
Jennison Building
University of Kent

For more information, please email David

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School of Engineering and Digital Arts, Jennison Building, University of Kent, Canterbury, Kent, CT2 7NT

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Last Updated: 30/08/2017