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Special UCL Awards for Geography Transition Mentors

Helping first year students

Special UCL Awards for Geography Transition Mentors

Two third year UCL Geographers, Katherine Baulcomb and Frances Perry, have received Transition Mentor Special Awards from the College for their exceptional contributions to the UCL Transition Programme. According to Dr Marco Angelini, UCL Transition Manager, “They’ve played a major role in making the Geography transition programme this year the most successful so far.”

The UCL Transition Programme, begun in 2006, supports incoming first year students through mentoring, peer-assisted learning, workshops and access to online resources. It includes talks about essential aspects of living in London and being at UCL, and assigning 'Transition Mentors'. Research has shown that such support is particularly effective throughout the first year as students adapt to a new life style and academic culture.


In Geography, the Programme recruited 15 Mentors this year.  On-line feedback from first year geographers shows that they particularly appreciated the opportunity to get advice on different aspects of university life, especially:


Having someone in the third year who had been through it before and could answer all the silly little questions.”

“Really good advice from older student on different aspects of university life.”

“Talking about coursework”


UCL Geography Undergraduate Tutor, Dr Ben Page, adds, “The Department strongly supports the work of the Transition Scheme and is very grateful to all the mentors who are willing to get involved, especially Katherine and Frances who have done a brilliant job this year. Moving from school to university can be a big challenge, and the encouragement and guidance that mentors offer can make an invaluable contribution to ensuring that process is as smooth as possible. It really helps 1st year students get the most of their experience from the outset.”




Katherine Baulcomb

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