P2P Peer Mentoring Awards 2018/2019 ceremony recognises 150 students

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Pictured are returning mentors who chose to participate in an accredited Special Purpose Award in Peer Mentoring

Pictured are returning mentors who chose to participate in an accredited Special Purpose Award in Peer Mentoring

Students volunteer their own time throughout the semester to support new students settling into WIT and to share their knowledge on college life

The 150 student mentors who participated in the 2018/19 P2P programme – WIT’s peer mentoring programme which helps first year students settle into college – were recognised for their contribution to the WIT community on Tuesday, 5 February 2019.

Those in attendance received their certificates present by WIT President Prof Willie Donnelly in an evening ceremony for recognition of their contribution to the programme.

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Senior mentors & Special Purpose Award

Among these 150 mentors were ten Senior Mentors. These were returning mentors who chose to participate in an accredited Special Purpose Award in Peer Mentoring. This is the first time in the Institute’s history such an accolade has been completed by students.

Lecturer Gillian Stewart from the Dept. Sport and Exercise and Geraldine Cleere, course leader of the BA (Hons) Criminal Justice Studies, were the two lecturers who led this Special Purpose Award spoke very highly of the ten students who participated.

Student life and learning

P2P is coordinated under Student Life and Learning by the P2P coordinators, Cathy Pembroke and Katie Dillon Keane, in conjunction with academic staff from the specific programmes it is running in.

“The aim of the P2P Programme is to support the transition of new first year students into third level education by providing them with access to a trained mentor who is an older year student from their course who acts as a form of social support throughout the Academic Year,” explains Dillon Keane.

Student-led

As it is developed and led by the students in each programme it is a very much a student led, student centred programme. Students volunteer their own time throughout the semester to support new students into WIT and to disseminate important information of college life and processes.

2019/2020 recruitment

The focus on P2P for semester two is recruiting new mentors for the 2019/20 academic year to help and support next year’s new students and explore the potential to develop and expand even more.

150 mentors participated in the 2018/19 P2P programme from the Department of Sport and Exercise Science undergraduate courses, from the BA (Hons) Criminal Justice, the Bachelor of Business Honours and the BSc Applied Health Care.

Crucial role

P2P mentors undergo a full days training in early September and play a crucial role in first year Orientation and P2P activities specific to their programmes.

Related Courses

Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in  Criminal Justice Studies
Bachelor of Science in  Applied Health Care
Bachelor of Business (Honours) in  Business (Common Entry)
Bachelor of Science (Honours) in  Sports Coaching & Performance
Bachelor of Science (Honours) in  Sport & Exercise Science
Bachelor of Science (Honours) in  Nutrition & Exercise Science
Bachelor of Science (Honours) in  Health & Exercise Science
Bachelor of Science (Honours) in  Exercise Sciences (Common Entry)
Bachelor of Business in  Recreation & Sport Management
Bachelor of Business (Honours) in  Recreation & Sport Management
Bachelor of Business (Honours) in  Recreation and Sport Management

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