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The stepping stones team at the School of Geography, Queen Mary University of London
Some of the 2015/16 Springboards and Stepping Stones mentoring team.

Stepping Stones
A new student mentoring scheme is running for the second year in 2015/16.  Our fully trained undergraduate mentors work with small groups of local Year 12 students on study skills and academic content around the theme of globalisation. The tutorials are split between school and the QMUL campus giving students the opportunity to experience the expectations of study at university. With support from their mentor each student will submit an essay during the summer term. The essay is marked by a School of Geography academic who gives the participating student comprehensive feedback and an indicative university grade. Stepping Stones students also have the opportunity of an interview with the School of Geography’s Admissions Tutor.

Stepping Stones students who successfully apply to the School of Geography are further supported by the Springboards Project in all aspects of their transition to university life.

The Springboards Project
Launched in 2013, the Springboards Project helps new QMUL Geography students bridge the transition from school to university life. Springboards is led by a dedicated team of volunteer undergraduates who support, advise and signpost a wide variety of support to new students through social media engagement and face-to-face sessions. Students with little or no family background in higher education, from disadvantaged backgrounds, or from schools or colleges with little experience of sending students to university, have benefitted greatly from the support that the Springboards team offers. Members of the team also mentor students through the Peer Assisted Study Scheme (PASS) which offers weekly sessions within the School of Geography.

Schools visits
We may be able to visit your school and talk to your students about a specific topic, promote the value of studying geography at university or advise and help with the higher education applications process. Contact us 

Our undergraduate students also take part in the RGS – IBG geography ambassador project which offers, free of charge, visits to your school or college to promote the value of geography to your students. Read about a recent visit by one of our geography ambassadors.

Additional support
QMUL is a part of the Russell Group who offer support and advice on higher education decisions, including the Informed Choices booklet.

QMUL offers a comprehensive programme of widening participation support and activities to students and schools in 11 London boroughs. You can find out more about these opportunities through QMUL’s widening participation team.

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