ENG ME! Mentor


ENG ME! Mentors provide group mentoring to engineering intermediate students in their first year of study at UC, offering direction, encouragement, motivation and friendship through weekly contact for the first 10 teaching weeks of semester 1.

Hours involved in the activity

One modules of a minimum of 12 hours. For every 12 hours of active learning you can claim recognition for one skill and one attribute. NB: opportunities only exist to develop the skills and attributes specified for this activity in the grey areas of the table below. 

Eligibility/Selection Criteria

ENG ME! Mentors are advancing UC Professional year engineering students with experience and understanding of university life and life in the college of engineering. They must have sound interpersonal and time-management skills.

Training Provided

ENG ME! Mentors attend an initial training session and regular debrief sessions with the ENG ME! leadership team of senior mentors.


Philippa Martin
Email: philippa.martin@canterbury.ac.nz

Work readiness skill/Graduate attribute

By actively engaging in this activity, you can claim against the pre-determined intersection points detailed below. You should reflect on your experience and select the WRS/GA intersection point(s) that best represents your learning outcome.

  • B1 - Communication - ENG ME! Mentors will be able to offer a welcoming and supportive environment to new students to UC.  They will develop in-depth knowledge of UC and its procedures and explain these in a clear and accurate way.  
  • B2 - Initiative and enterprise - ENG ME! Mentors will find ways for new engineering students to be involved with and connected to the UC community. They will draw on their own experiences to support new students. 
  • B3 - Leadership - ENG ME! Mentors will learn to be positive representatives of UC. They will have a leadership role within their mentoring group.
  • B4 - Learning - ENG ME! Mentors attend a training session before they begin mentoring where they can reflect on their mentoring experience.  They will learn to see areas that they want to develop skills in and find activities within Mentoring to develop these.
  • B5 - Planning & Organising - ENG ME! Mentors will make weekly contact with their mentee student for the first 10 teaching weeks of the academic year. They will customise, plan and organise their sessions. Mentors will learn to balance being full-time students and academic studies with volunteering.
  • B6 - Problem Solving - ENG ME! Mentors will learn to communicate with a group of students that have different sets of needs and identify what those needs are. They will develop customised sessions to help the group develop plans to help with their time at UC.
  • B7 - Self-Management - ENG ME! Mentors will learn to be professional and provide a positive experience for students. They will develop skills of positive representation and a level of maturity. They can also identify areas that they want to develop skills in and find activities within Mentoring to develop these. 
  • B8 - Teamwork - ENG ME! Mentors will work together to meet the needs of mentees and organise regular group activities. 
  • B9 - Technology - ENG ME! Mentors will be able to use different technology to communicate with their students
  • C1 - Comunication - ENG ME! Mentors will learn to create communication with the students that is professional.  They will also learn how this skill can be applied to a variety of student cultures and work settings.
  • C2 - Initiative & enterprise - ENG ME! Mentors will find ways for new engineering students to develop skills to make them more employable and encourage entry into competitions like entre. 
  • C3 - Leadership -  ENG ME! Mentors will develop leadership skills that can be used in a variety of settings and for diverse student groups.
  • C4 - Learning - ENG ME! Mentors will attend an initial training session. They reflect on their skill sets, identify aspects for enhancement, and engage in appropriate development. 
  • C5 - Planning and organisation - ENG ME! Mentors will plan and organise sessions to help mentees develop resilience and study skills to make them more work ready.
  • C6 - Problem solving - ENG ME! Mentors will identify issues with the delivery of their planned programme and the innovative steps they took to solve these. They will adapt their planning in response to their audience and environment as required.
  • C7 - Self-Management - ENG ME! Mentors will learn resilience, self-management and team building skills which will make them more employable. In addition, they will be innovative in problem solving and creating sessions to be help their mentees.
  • C8 - Teamwork -  ENG ME! Mentors will learn to work as a diverse student group to make sure a positive student experience is created.
  • D1 - Communication - ENG ME! Mentors will communicate effectively with engineering students and develop awareness and understanding of the values and needs of Professional engineers. Mentors will be able to communicate with students from different countries and cultures to ensure all new students are welcomed to UC.
  • D4 - Learning - ENG ME! Mentors will find opportunities when meeting international students to learn about their cultures and use this information when communicating with students from a similar culture.
  • D5 - Planning & Organising - ENG ME! Mentors will adapt their planning and delivery to meet the needs of their engineering intermediate mentees.
  • D6 - Problem solving - ENG ME! Mentors will learn to help solve concerns and offer support services to international students with respect to their culture.
  • D7 - Self-Management - ENG ME! Mentors will learn to communicate effectively to students from different cultures in a respectful manner.
  • D8 - Teamwork - ENG ME! Mentors can work effectively with students who are from different countries and use initiative to solve language barriers.
Matrix intersection points for ENG ME! Mentor (highlighted in grey)
Co-curricular Record (CCR)

UC Graduate Attributes (GAs)

Bicultural Competence & Confidence Community Engagement Employability Innovation & Enterprise Global Awareness
Work Readiness Skills (WRS) Communication A1 B1 C1 D1
Initiative and enterprise A2 B2 C2 D2
Leadership A3 B3 C3 D3
Learning A4 B4 C4 D4
Planning and organising A5 B5 C5 D5
Problem solving A6 B6 C6 D6
Self-management A7 B7 C7 D7
Teamwork A8 B8 C8 D8
Technology A9 B9 C9 D9

CCR criteria

  • UC affiliated
  • Not an academic prerequisite
  • Not for academic credit

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