Our academic mentoring scheme, Stepping Stones, has been running since 2014. 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 QMUL's Mile End campus, giving students the opportunity to experience the expectations of studying at university. With support from their mentor, each student submits an essay during the spring term. The essay is marked by an academic staff member in the School of Geography 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.
We are very proud that we have several undergraduates now in the School of Geography who successfully completed the Stepping Stones programme when they were at school. Stepping Stones students who successfully apply to the School of Geography are further supported by the Springboards team in all aspects of their transition to university life.
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 to find out more.
Our undergraduate students also take part in the RGS – IBG geography ambassador project which offers free visits to your school or college to promote the value of geography to your students.
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.