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High-profile mentors help Marjon’s Social Sciences students to become game-changers

Released: 26.11.19

The BA (Hons) Social Science programme at Plymouth Marjon University has launched an innovative new initiative designed to enhance both student employability and learning experience at the University. The scheme benefits from the experience and expertise of people from many different sectors and backgrounds.

BA (Hons) Social Science Lead Dr Gregory Borne said:

“I have been privileged enough over the past twenty years to work with some really inspiring people – and I include my current and past students in that statement. It’s a real testament to the quality of the programme that these leaders in their organisations and respective fields have agreed to act as mentors for our students.”

“Issues such as climate change are complex phenomena that affect all aspects of life, the solutions to which require an interdisciplinary and cross sectoral approach”, said Dr Borne.

Paula, a Social Sciences student said:

“I think the programme is a fantastic and exciting prospect to gain more knowledge and insight into my chosen area of interest. Leading on from the experience, I will be able to discover if this is the right pathway for future employment, post university, developing more skills and positive attributes along the way.”

The brand-new mentor scheme draws together people and organisations from government, business and the third sector. Currently participating organisations include; The United Nations, Virgin Media, Shekinah, Network Rail, the NHS Leadership Academy, Surfdome and Surfers Against Sewage. In addition, consultants and activists will be able to advise students on their experiences in many different sectors.

“A programme mentor scheme, for me, would be an amazing opportunity to gain skills, knowledge and experience that I otherwise would not have the opportunity to do. To make connections so early on, in the social sciences programme would be beneficial for confidence. It will be a fantastic opportunity to step outside of my comfort zone” said Katy, a student on the BA (Hons) Social Sciences course at Marjon.

Whilst the programme mentor scheme is specific to the BA (Hons) Social Sciences programme Marjon offers students outstanding employability opportunities across the university 

Futures, the Plymouth Marjon University careers and employability service provides support to ensure that our students’ university experience is just the beginning of a life of opportunity. Futures offers students enriching career, travel, volunteer, enterprise and professional development opportunities. Support from the Marjon Futures team doesn’t stop at graduation – the team is there to help graduates to achieve their employment goals at any time. 

 Sarah Stevenson, Head of Careers & Employability at the University said:

“The Futures team offers friendly, accessible and impartial careers information, advice and guidance. Based in the Student Hub, our team of careers coaches work with all students and alumni to help them to make the most of the employability opportunities that Marjon offers. Students can drop in at any time, or make an appointment to meet with one of the team.  For people who want to secure part-time work, get involved with volunteering, study or work abroad; or want to learn how to manage their career development and gain the skills that graduate employers are seeking, the Futures team can help.  From thinking about CVs through to supporting students with applications and interview preparation or becoming self-employed, our team is here to help, in person or through our fantastic Futures on-line career portal.”

 The BA (Hons) Social Sciences course at Plymouth Marjon equips students with high level knowledge and skills that enable them to respond effectively to the challenges and contradictions of the modern world.  

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