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University Recognised for Its Mentoring Scheme

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The University of Reading has been recognised as providing one of the best student mentoring schemes in the country.

The THRIVE Mentoring scheme welcomes hundreds of students each year, with those taking part teaming up with University of Reading alumni to discuss career choices and employability.

The Association for Graduate Careers Advisory Services (AGCAS) granted the top award to the scheme at this year's AGCAS Awards for Excellence.

The THRIVE scheme began in 2014 and pairs penultimate year students with a successful professional from their chosen career. Students spend a year with their mentor, opening opportunities for workplace visits, introductions to other professionals, and bespoke guidance on CV's and interview techniques.

The university has continued to invest in the scheme due to its success and this year will enable 500 student-alumni partnerships.

Dr Paddy Woodman, Student Services Director at the University of Reading, said: "It has been exciting to see how an initial short research project has evolved into a highly impactful initiative."

"THRIVE, and the underpinning research, has brought hugely positive outcomes for literally hundreds of student mentees whilst also making an impact on best practice in career mentoring in higher education nationally. It has extended our understanding of how career mentoring makes a quantifiable difference to employability and also enables social mobility in our undergraduates."