Specialist Mentor (5540)


University of Leicester
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The AccessAbility Centre at the University of Leicester is seeking to recruit two part-time Specialist Mentors to work with autistic students. The two post-holders will work a combined total of 37.5 hours a week.
As a Specialist Mentor you will be responsible for providing mentoring to students with various and sometimes complex conditions including Autism Spectrum Conditions, communication or organisation difficulties. You will build professional working relationships with a caseload of students combining a person-centred approach with an understanding of the student’s condition, to support students with their academic progress.

Specialist mentors provide highly specialist, specifically tailored, one to one support which helps disabled students address the barriers to learning created by a particular impairment such as autistic spectrum conditions. This includes a range of issues, for example, coping with anxiety and stressful situations, how to deal with concentration difficulties, time management and prioritising workload. Specialist Mentors help disabled students recognise the barriers to learning created by their condition and support them in developing strategies to address these barriers.

The accurate administration of timesheets, which serve as the post-holder’s record of work and as evidence that support has been provided to particular student(s), is also expected.

All AccessAbility Centre workers are expected to maintain a high standard of confidentiality regarding student information in accordance with University guidelines on GDPR and Data Protection.

Specialist Mentors will liaise with the AccessAbility Centre’s Autistic Spectrum Specialist Study Adviser, to discuss any issues arising from one to one sessions with students and to share good practice.
You will have a membership of a professional body and qualifications as recognised within the “DfE Mandatory Criteria” for Specialist Mentors (this document is available to download from: https://www.practitioners.slc.co.uk/media/1762/ssin-0919-dsa-mandatory_qualifications_and_professional_body_membership_requirements.pdf The details of accepted professional membership bodies are on p11 & 12).
AccessAbility Centre, David Wilson Library and Percy Gee Building, University of Leicester. With prior agreement by the Head of the AccessAbility Centre, work may be conducted remotely, via MS Teams.
Hours and days
One disabled student may require one support session a year, where another disabled student may require thirty sessions a year. Sessions are not always regular and are made on an ad hoc basis according to each individual’s frequently fluctuating requirements. Mentors may see numerous students during the course of a day. Peak activity occurs typically in October, November, January, February and March.

Each of the two post-holders will work between 10 and 20 hours a week, with a combined total of 37.5 hours a week. Hours will be structured according to the post-holders’ and students’ preferred schedule, within regular business hours of 9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday. Post-holders are not expected to work during the University of Leicester’s closure days or on Public Holidays.

How to apply: Application should be made online via Unitemps. Submit a copy of your CV and a covering letter explaining your suitability for the role, addressed to Dr Paula Dobrowolski, Head of the AccessAbility Centre, by close of business on 01 July 2022.

This post is exempt from the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 because the appointee will have substantial access to young people and/or vulnerable adults. Therefore, an appointment to this post will be subject to checking through the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS). The successful applicant(s) for this post will, therefore, be required to give consent for the University to check and obtain appropriate clearance with the DBS for the existence and content of any criminal record in the form of an Enhanced DBS.

Information received from the DBS and the police will be kept in strict confidence and will be destroyed once the University is satisfied in this regard.

Unitemps is acting as an Employment Business, supplying temporary workers, in relation to this vacancy.