Remember your first week at University? Remember the daunting feeling of moving to London and how scary the next stage of your life seemed? It can be really isolating to start life at University, but having a more experienced student give you an insight into the exciting opportunities and challenges of first year can make a massive difference!
You don't need any previous experience to be part of the Mums & Dads scheme, just be enthusiastic about meeting new people and helping first year students! Your Departmental Society will support you to design activities and help with resources to carry out your role.
Please note that the Mums & Dads scheme is currently only for Undergraduate students. If you are a PhD student, you can have a look at the Union-supported Doctoral Student Coaching Programme that is run by the Graduate School. We are hoping to make the Mums & Dads scheme accessible to more student communities in the near future.
What do Mums & Dads do?
- Help your ‘children’ navigate the start of their studies: sharing past lecture notes, advice on how to cope with the workload, organising tutorials
- Watch out for the new students that you take under your wing: help your 'child' to live a healthy first year, give cooking tips, go to sporting activities, make them aware of the support services
- Help to make sure new students settle well into life at University: show them around the Imperial campus and facilities, tips on the best places to go in London
Why get involved?
Mums & Dads is a well-established scheme that is run by Dep Socs; in the recent Student Experience Survey, ~60% of new students said they found the scheme either ‘helpful’ or ‘very helpful’ when starting out at Imperial!
By participating in Mums & Dads, you can:
- Make new friends in your subject area
- Help new students settle into Imperial giving them a positive start to their time at Imperial
- Give new students advice and direction as they enter a new phase of their lives
- Take on a position of responsibility and be a role model to a younger peer
This year we are also introducing an Interruption of Studies Buddy Scheme, offering Mums & Dads volunteers the opportunity to be a buddy for a student within their cohort who is returning after a break from their studies. Having a friendly face in an unfamiliar year group can really help someone settle back into University life!
What support will you have?
Mums & Dads is primarily operated by Dep Socs. Your Dep Soc will organise events during the first term that will allow you to meet and get to know your ‘children’. People in your Dep Soc will also be able to give you advice and training on how to become the most effective Mum or Dad. You can find Dep Soc contacts via our A-Z guide.
If you have any questions or you aren't able to get the advice and answers you're looking for through your Dep Soc, get in touch at firstname.lastname@example.org.
What’s more, all of your volunteering hours can be logged towards Imperial Plus making sure you get the formal recognition you deserve!
If, as a parent, you come across personal welfare-related issues, it is important to remember that you are not expected to (nor should you) deal with the issues yourself. In such circumstances, you should always get in touch with our Advice Centre at email@example.com , and follow the professional guidance that our advisors give to you.
What do we expect from you?
Mums & Dads is an opportunity to have fun and make great friends. It goes without saying that you will be a role model to new students and the impression you give can significantly shape someone's University experience. Please act responsibly, with integrity and be sensistive to the needs and personalities of the people you take under your wing!
How do I sign up?
Sign-ups for the Mums & Dads Scheme are now closed. If you didn't get a chance to register but would still like to, please get in touch with your Dep Socs, you can find their contact details on the A to Z pages!
Visit the Mums & Dads registration page to sign up today!
Registration will close on Monday 18th September, don't miss out!
Have any questions? Get in touch at firstname.lastname@example.org.