Mental Health Mentor

December 29, 2022

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Department: Student Advice & Wellbeing
Contract Type: PermanentSalary: Grade 7 – £31,391 to £36,849 pa inclusive of London Allowance
Location: Hybrid
Hours: 0.8FTE

SOAS University of London is the leading Higher Education institution in Europe specialising in the study of Asia, Africa and the Near and Middle East. SOAS University of London is positioned to play a leading role in reimagining higher education globally, with a new strategic plan in place as the basis for the renewal and revitalisation of the School which commits SOAS to both student responsiveness and research intensity. SOAS is moving towards a new model of international partnerships which is responsive to the transnational character of our global challenges.

About the Department: Student Advice and Wellbeing is a student-facing department within the Student and Academic Services directorate. It offers an integrated service including advice on financial difficulties, visa, immigration, multi-faith, disability and accommodation. Our student mental health service provides both therapeutic and non-theraputic support to students that are having difficulties with their mental health.

About the Role: The Professional Mental Health Mentor role plays a key part in Mental Health support for students at SOAS. The role holder provides collaborative one-to-one student-centred mentoring support to students with Mental Health difficulties, helping them to identify strategies to fulfil their academic and student potential as independent learners.

Professional mentors provide holistic emotional and practical support, helping students manage the impact of Mental Health challenges such as anxiety and depression and assisting students to navigate the systems and procedures of the university and liaising with other university staff (such as academic, and learning support) as appropriate.

The Mental Health and Wellbeing team sits within SOAS’ Student Advice & Wellbeing team, and the role holder will have the opportunity to interact and work with others within the department to ensure that students are well looked after during their time here at SOAS overall.

About you: You will be a qualified practitioner with a minimum of three years post qualifying experience in a HE, community or charity setting. You will be able to draw on a wide range of therapeutic models and ideas, and will have an understanding of the issues that students in Higher Education may present with. You will be able to demonstrate experience of assessing risk and appropriate follow up where clients are presenting as high risk. An ability to work under pressure and on your own initiative is imperative as well as the ability to work well within an integrated multidisciplinary team environment.

You can find further information on the key criteria for the role in the Job Description and Person Specification, along with a full list of duties and responsibilities, which can be found on the SOAS website.

How to Apply:
Please complete the Unbiased application form

Closing date: 02nd January 2023

Interviews to be held: TBC

Further information

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‘Successful candidates will need to demonstrate their eligibility to work in the UK or have limited leave to remain in the UK and associated right to work for the duration of their employment with SOAS, in accordance with the Immigration, Asylum and Nationality Act 2006’. ‘Successful candidates must be based in the UK for the duration of their contract.’musbe based in the UK – for the duration of their contract

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We would particularly welcome applications from candidates from working class, first generation Higher Education, the Global South, Black, Asian or other minority ethnic and underrepresented groups. All appointment decisions will be made on merit, following a fair and competitive process.