Access Connections Mentoring Program
The Access Connections Mentoring Program launched in 2014 with 25 pairs of students and alumni mentors. Since then it has grown to close to 200 mentoring pairs per year. The program aims to improve the post-study outcomes of students that are under-represented in higher education by providing students with an alumni mentor.
Mentoring is an informal partnership, where a more experienced mentor provides guidance and support to a current University of Melbourne student. Meetings focus on career planning and advice to build the confidence and employability of students when they transition to the workforce.
In 2018 over 200 second and third year Access Melbourne students were matched with alumni mentors as part of the Access Connections Mentoring Program.
If you would like to find out more about this program please contact:
Access Connections Mentoring Program Coordinator
+61 3 8344 2593
Program Timeframes⇩ The program will have one intake in Semester 1, 2019
Early January to Late February – Applications open to mentors
Early January to Late March – Applications open to students
Your application will help us make the best match for you. We recommend to put in some thought and time in your application.
Feb/March – Student Mentee Preparation Workshops (details to be confirmed)
Attendance to a preparation session is compulsory for all student applicants.
April – Mentor workshops
The mentor workshops will provide information on the program structure and timeframe, program expectations, coaching and mentoring skills.
April – Matching of mentors and mentees
Mentors and mentees are matched according to the career and education background as well as personal interests indicated in the applications.
April – November – Program duration for Semester 1 mentoring connections
Mentors and mentees meet at least 3-4 times over two semesters. Participants manage meetings and communications themselves. Mentoring resources and support will be provided throughout the connection to ensure productive meetings between mentors and mentees.
About our Access Connections Students⇩ Students are enrolled in an undergraduate course and come from a diverse range of backgrounds.
To be eligible for the Access Connections Mentoring Program students need to:
- Be an Access Melbourne or Graduate Access Melbourne student
- Be in the second, third or final year for undergraduate students
- Submit an application form by the application deadline
While students from challenging and difficult backgrounds are given first preference, it is important to note that we have a very diverse group of mentees, with some students facing more obvious and difficult circumstances than others. We aim to provide a mentoring experience to any Access Melbourne student who demonstrates a commitment and interest in the program.
What is the Access Melbourne Entry Scheme?⇩ The Access Melbourne Entry Scheme helps to break down the barriers of education disadvantage by providing under-represented students admission to the University.
The Access Melbourne Entry Scheme assists domestic students who have experienced disadvantage in their secondary education that may have prevented them from achieving the best possible ATAR and to gain entry to the University of Melbourne. Students have the option to apply for a scholarship, or be guaranteed a place at Melbourne. Each year at least 20% of domestic students are reserved for Access Melbourne applicants. To be awarded a place students need to be from one or more of the following backgrounds:
- Disadvantaged financial background
- Applicants from rural or isolated areas
- Completed Year 12 in a school identified as under-represented in the tertiary sector (see a list of under-represented schools)
- Students who have been prevented from reaching their full educational potential because of ongoing difficult circumstances, either due to family or other life circumstances
- Students with a long-term disability, impairment or medical condition that has affected their studies
- Culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) background
- Indigenous Australians
- Mature age students without qualifications from the past seven years