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King's Student Money Mentors

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Who are the Student Money Mentors?

Student Money Mentors are current students at King’s College London who have a passion for helping their peers by ensuring they are as money savvy as possible.

They are here to make sure that their fellow peers make the most of your money, whatever your budget! The Mentors can offer guidance on how to make a budget, where to get the best discounts and deals in London, how to save the pennies and where you can get help if needed.

The Student Money Mentors are involved in creating Youtube videosblogs and advice guides.

The Money Mentors have been trained by the Advice & Guidance Team and external partners Blackbullion and Developing Youth Practice on things such as information on the main sources of statutory funding, money management skills, student discounts, hardship funds and financial safety online.

Please note that Money Mentors can give guidance only, if you require specialist and detailed advice on your options please contact the Advice & Guidance Team. 

Interested in being part of the Money Mentor project?

Looking for a job on campus? Become a King's Student Money Mentor!

Do you...

...fancy yourself as a money guru or would you like to increase your skills in this area?

...enjoy talking to peers or prospective students about student life and living in London?

...want an opportunity to present talks or write materials that help fellow students with their money?

...have certain skills / hobbies (e.g. blogging, etc.) that can help support this project and get paid doing it?

...want to earn some money and form part of a student support team / service?

The Advice & Guidance Team recruits Student Money Mentors throughout the year.MM6

10 reasons why I should become a King's Student Money Mentor

Still confused on whether you should become a Money Mentor?
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Becoming a Student Money Mentor is your ticket to new opportunities, social adventures, personal development and new experiences! This is an exciting opportunity to make the most of your journey through student life. Here are 10 reasons why you should become a Student Money Mentor:

1.   Add some sparkle to your CV and enhance your employability

2.   Get paid while working flexible hours that can work around your studies

3.   Obtain various free training

4.   Become more financially savvy

5.   Develop valuable communication, presentation and leaderships skills. Your problem solving skills will go through the          roof!

6.   Opportunity to be involved in a variety of tasks and activities e.g. campaigns, research, writing materials, presenting            and much more!

7.   Make meaningful connections with prospective students and schools in a variety of settings

8.   Represent your University - You could be the reason someone chooses King's!

9.   Be part of a program that's led by students for students

10. Enrich your student experience and have fun!

How do I become a King's Student Money Mentor?

So you're interested in becoming a Student Money Mentor? To be part of this fantastic team, please email your interest to money@kcl.ac.uk.

Please remember to include your name, student number and contact number. Only current students at King's College London can apply.

PLEASE NOTE:  Demand for Student Money Mentors can vary during the academic year. Therefore, hours of work will vary accordingly. You will be required to sign a confidentiality agreement for this role. 

The Advice & Guidance Team looks forward to hearing from you!

Questions? Email Yasmin Mortuza.

 

How the Money Mentor team can work with other departments at King's?  

What can the Student Money Mentor Project offer?

What have we done so far?
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Student Money Mentors represent the Advice & Guidance service at Open Days, Virtual Fairs and other recruitment activities and share their experiences of life on a student budget, as well as how and where to seek help. Money Mentors also provide essential outreach at key transition points during the student life cycle. This includes:

  • Welcome Week & Market Place information desk - In 2018 the project engaged over 2700 students on issues relating to travel discounts, bank accounts, rent, student discounts & budgeting.
  • Campaigns across campuses - We run two annual campaigns throught the year, trying to engage and help King's students across all main campuses throughout a week. The support is around various aspects of money and housing giving students the tools and informations needed to make smart financial decisions and manage their money.

1. Talk Money Week (annually in November) - In 2018, we particpated in Fincap’s 2018 national campaign focusing on improving financial capability. ‘Talk Money’ is a recognition of the importance of breaking down the taboo and encouraging students to have a conversation about money. 

2. National Student Money Week (annually in February) - In 2018, 'Where I live’ was chosen as the theme due to the financial pressures related to housing. This included debt, budgeting and rent costs which was becoming a huge barrier to students’ learning.

  • Support Student Advice Housing campaigns - Focusing on preparing students for the move into private accommodation.
  • Workshops -  Providing workshops on topics relating to funding & money management.
  • Money surgery (1-1 Buddy Scheme) - Students are paired with a Money Mentor (supervised under Specialist Money Advisors) providing peer to peer support sharing hints and tips on saving money, living on a budget and much more!
  • Blackbullion - Online courses to help current & prospective students & their parents become confident & feel in control of their money. In 2018, King's won the Blackbullion UniBattle as the Money Smartest University! 

Find out more details on the Money Mentor project.

Partnership work

We believe that the project has raised the profile of the Money Advice Team in Advice & Guidance and has enabled us to have more direct conversations with Faculties and other deparments across King's on how to build in support for students and signpost them to us as early as possible.

In order to build on the success so far and assess the full potential impact of the Money Mentor initiative we are keen to work with colleagues from different departments to further expand on the project and help King’s students become more financially savvy.

We can deliver workshops, 1-1 mentor support, contribution to e-newsletters and blogs and much more. We are also happy to create a customised programme.

By working together, we hope to benefit current and prospective students as well as recent graduate by creating a smoother student life cycle where money is not a barrier.

What else do we offer?

Advice & Guidance comprises of a team of Money and Housing Specialists (alongside our International Advice colleagues) who provide comprehensive and practical advice on a range of financial and legal issues. The team is also able to offer broader life skills training around housing, living and money. We are happy to support both current and prospective students of King’s College London, as well as recent graduates.

If you would like to book our Money Mentors or would like to discuss how we can work together please email Yasmin Mortuza.

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