King's Student Money Mentors
Who are the Student Money Mentors?
We are current students at King’s College London who value the importance of financial education and are passionate about King's students being as money savvy as possible.
We aim to help our fellow peers make the most of their money, whatever the budget! We offer guidance on how to evaluate your spending, save money and plan for the future. We pride ourselves on knowing where to get the best discounts and deals in London, if there is a bargain to be had we will track it down and share it far and wide. We also wish to protect our fellow students from potential scams and financial problems and work closely with the KCL Advice & Guidance advisers to feedback the student experience and help shape the policies that provide financial assistance at King's.
The Student Money Mentors give back to the King's student community by:
- sharing our experiences of living on a student budget and navigating life in London, via our increasingly popular Instagram account and new blog site.
- running campaigns throughout the year to raise awareness of what help is available to students and how to make your money go further at university
- creating knowledge articles, advice guides and financial wellbeing videos in collaboration with the Advice & Guidance Money & Housing Advisers
- running workshops and online events to help students explore their personal relationship with money and hopefully improve their overall situation and money skills
- provide one to one peer support on creating a budget, setting goals and sticking to the plan
- promote the online financial education platform Blackbullion, which provides King's students with free online lessons and articles on banking, financial products, investing, budgeting, credit, risk, debt, futher study
Interested in being part of the Money Mentor project?
10 reasons why I should become a King's Student Money Mentor
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!
We are not recruiting right now but follow us instagram for details of how to apply at our next round of recruitment
How the Money Mentor team can work with other departments at King's?
What can the Student Money Mentor Project offer?
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What have we done so far?
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 Activities - This year was a little different because we were not on campus but we prepared a lot of information in advance, which you can review at your leisure by following our Pathway to Financial Wellbeing which covers everything from funding to budgeting and dealing with problems to planning for the future. We also hosted some Q&A sessions alongside the Money & Housing Advisers to answer your critical questions.
If you have any questions around living on a student budget and making the most of life in London, during the current restrictions come along to our next session on 14th October at 2pm. Book your place through Eventbrite
- Campaigns - 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: From the 9-13th November we will be Talking about Money to break the stigma about money worries and highlight sources of help and support.
2. National Student Money Week: Usually takes place February and this year's theme is to 'Expect the unexpected'
- 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.
- Ask a Money Mentor - From time to time we will host town hall sessions online or on campus where students can ask Mentors for their opinion, guidance and thoughts on student money issues. Any complex issues can be referred to the Money Advisers for more detailed advice.
- 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!
What else do we do?
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. If you would like to work with us please complete the King's Student Money Mentor - Booking Form.
Advice & Guidance comprises of a team of Money & Housing Specialists (alongside our Visa & 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 email@example.com
The Money Mentors have been trained by the Advice & Guidance Team and external partners Blackbullion and Developing Youth Practice on 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 or are in financial crisis please contact the Advice & Guidance Team.