Student Mentors (Advanced Higher Hub)

Student Mentors support Advanced Higher Hub pupils during induction and throughout the academic year.

Opportunity to develop the following Common Good Attributes
Active and global citizenship
Responsible leadership
What’s involved?
The Advanced Higher Hub is a unique bridging programme, offering sixth year pupils from Glasgow City Council schools the opportunity to study their Advanced Highers on the GCU campus. The Hubbers as they are affectionately known, register as GCU students and have access to all GCU facilities, including GCU Learn, the Saltire Centre and laboratories. Pupils gain a real understanding of university life and the rigours of university level study a year before they move on to the next stage of their learning journey at university, college or employment. The Hub Team is supported by student mentors at various times in the Hub calendar: their induction to GCU and various activities across the year. The Hub’s core partners are 17 Glasgow secondary schools where fewer young people progress to higher education in comparison to the national average. The aim of this innovative programme is to provide young people with access to Advanced Higher studies and support them to progress to college or university and, crucially, retain their place once they are there. The Hub achieves this by inspiring, motivating and encouraging pupils to make the transition to higher education.
How will participating in this activity/opportunity allow students to make a positive difference to the communities that we serve?
The Advanced Higher Hub works in partnership with schools, young people and their families in this crucial transitional year of pupils’ education. Many of the pupils we work with are the first in their family to go to university. Student mentors are role models for the young people that they work with. It is a very important role – one that actively supports young people to achieve their goals and helps them to gain a genuine understanding of university life and study through their Hub experiences, meeting student mentors and working with GCU Students’ Association. Student mentors will work closely with the Hub team to help facilitate events and have a positive impact on the young people, their aspirations and ultimately the communities in which they live now and in the future.
What are the benefits of taking part in this activity/opportunity for participating students?
The Advanced Higher Hub employs undergraduate/postgraduate students to work as mentors on our programme. We offer our mentors the opportunity to: • Earn money in a flexible part-time job that looks great on their CV • Work alongside students from other disciplines and backgrounds • Make a positive difference to the lives of young people from schools across Glasgow • Develop a wide range of employability related skills, e.g. communication and group work skills • Join GCU Student Leaders Programme.
Success stories
GCU’s pioneering Advanced Higher Hub is entering its fifth year and has supported just under 500 Sixth Year pupils from Glasgow City Council schools to study their Advanced Highers as GCU students. We offer Advanced Higher studies in: Biology; Business Management; Chemistry; English; History; Mathematics; Modern Studies and Physics. The Hubbers’ GCU experience supports their learning and also equips them with the skills and confidence to transition successfully on to university studies and, crucially retain their places once there. The Hub has celebrated outstanding pass rates each year and we look forward to building on our successes as we embark on Year 5 of the Hub, working with GCU Student Mentors to provide excellent opportunities for our Hub pupils.
Which School or department delivers/ supports this activity?
GCU Outreach
Which students can participate in this activity?
All students. Students must apply to work as student mentors in September through a competitive recruitment process including an application, interview and PVG scheme member check. See the website for further information.
Name: Rebecca Lavery
Role: Head of Advanced Higher Hub
Department/School: GCU Outreach
Telephone: 0141 331 3909