Jenni Jones is a Senior Lecturer in the Human Resources and Leadership Department of the Business School. She teaches on undergraduate/postgraduate modules related to employability, coaching, mentoring, human resources, leadership and change. She has 2 Master degrees; 1 in HR Management and 1 in Education (Coaching and Mentoring). Her PhD research focused on mentoring and learning and her research concerns a broad range of topics related to learning, leadership, change, education and human resource development.
She has presented at a number of Conferences and published in a number of journals, including Human Resource Development International, The International Journal of Evidence Based Coaching and Mentoring, and The International Journal of Mentoring and Coaching.
She is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel & Development, a Fellow of the Institute of Training & Organisational Learning, a Fellow of the Institute of Leadership & Management and a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.
There are a variety of articles written about mentoring programmes within HE but the evaluation of mentoring schemes is minimal’ (Collings et al, 2014: 928) and as such, there are very few studies looking at the longer term impact of such programmes.
The Business School IoD Student Mentoring initiative has been running for 6 academic years and is aimed at final year undergraduate Business students who wish to be supported by local Directors (as mentors) towards developing their employability skills and future job prospects. We know anecdotally, through ongoing mentee and mentor feedback that this scheme has had a huge impact on the students who have taken part, however systematic evidence of this impact is currently lacking during and after leaving the scheme. Therefore this study aims to understand more deeply how this student mentoring scheme has impacted the long term futures of our Business School graduates.
Collings, R; Swanson, V & Watkins, R (2014) The impact of peer mentoring on levels of student well being, integration and retention: a controlled comparative evaluation of residential students in UK higher education, The International Journal of Higher Education, 68, 927–942.