RIBA Student Mentoring Scheme

  Student Mentoring - James Whitaker
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RIBA student mentoring scheme

The RIBA is committed to supporting students, by helping them to develop towards becoming fully-qualified architects.

The student mentoring scheme is offered through RIBA regional offices to Part 1 undergraduate RIBA student members at Schools of Architecture. Most participating schools offer the scheme to third years, as practical preparation and help for their forthcoming year out.

The purpose of the mentoring scheme is to give students an insight into practice and to enhance their learning experience. The scheme is not a work placement scheme, nor does it provide additional tuition.

In 2016/17, nearly 900 students and 450 mentors took part in the RIBA student mentoring scheme.

Who can mentor?

Mentors are usually RIBA Chartered Architects. Mentoring is eligible for CPD points. Mentors should be committed to the future of the profession; and prepared to offer advice and help.

Chartered Practices may also apply to be mentors.

Mentors’ responsibilities

A mentor should seek to:

  • Demonstrate design in practice
  • Offer an insight into the business of architecture and experience of practice
  • Provide support on professionally-related matters
  • Introduce the concept of professionalism; and the value of a professional institute.

Operation of the scheme

Mentored students (mentees) are matched with mentors; and meet at an informal social event at the School during the Autumn. During that meeting, both arrange to hold at least two meetings of at least two hours, before the end of February the following year. These meetings must cover:

  • Introduction to working life at the practice
  • A successful project, and how it is presented
  • Follow-through of a current project.

Activities will vary according to the needs of the mentee and the opportunities available through the mentor’s practice. Experience may be gained of e.g. a site visit, meetings with clients, contractors or other specialists; liaison with local authorities; business activities of the practice.

The individual Schools validate the mentored students’ participation in the scheme.

Contacts about mentoring

During the academic year 2016/17, the following Schools of Architecture are participating in the mentoring scheme. Mentoring was offered to RIBA Student Members in the established cohorts at the individual Schools. For more information, contact the relevant RIBA staff member.

East: Cambridge - Delyth Turner-Harriss

East Midlands: De Montfort, Lincoln, Nottingham, Nottingham Trent - Cecilia Godoy

London: Central Saint Martins, London South Bank University, University of East London, University of Westminster - Laura Broderick 

North East: Newcastle, Northumbria - Amy Tomlinson

North West: Liverpool, Liverpool John Moores, Manchester, University of Central Lancashire - Marc Heuston 

South/South East: Brighton, UCA Canterbury, Kent, Oxford Brookes, Portsmouth - Jenny Peterson

South West: Bath, UWE Bristol - Jon Watkins

Yorkshire: Sheffield - Denise O'Toole

Posted on Wednesday 17th June 2015