Mental Health DSA Mentor

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  • Sector:

    Education & Academia

  • Salary:

    £34,804 - £39,152 per annum, pro rata

  • Published:

    4 months ago

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The role:

We are seeking an experienced mental health professional to work as a Specialist Mentor to provide one to one support for students with a diagnosed mental health condition/s who have Disabled Students Allowance funding in place. This will include:

  • Assessing how a student's mental health condition may impact on their learning

  • Offering self-help and study strategies and information to aid progression

  • Assisting students in liaison with other university staff and recommend reasonable adjustments to enable study

  • Signposting to appropriate local NHS and third sector agencies as necessary

This will be on a four day per week basis.

About you

The post holder will be undertaking duties in line with requirements of Student Finance bodies, through the Disabled Student Allowance; which also regulates the mandatory qualifications and professional memberships required to undertake the role. Only applicants who satisfy the mandatory qualifications for Specialist Mentor MH may be invited to interview. 

It is essential that the candidate has appropriate work experience with adults with mental health difficulties, the ability to respond sensitively to needs of students experiencing mental distress, effective IT skills, understanding of issues affecting students experiencing mental health difficulties in HE and ideally has experience of a HE environment.

The successful candidate for this post will be required to undergo a Disclosure and Barring Service (formerly CRB) Check. However a criminal conviction will not necessarily exclude applicants from employment. The University will consider all applications fairly on their merit based upon the information provided and the requirements of   the post. The University has a DBS policy which is available on request

Essential Qualifications

  • Degree or equivalent

  • Relevant qualification/training in mental health in a field such as MH Nursing, Psychology, Social Work, Occupational Therapy

  • Holds relevant professional body membership. 

Department of Student and Academic Services

Our Mental Health team at the University of Northampton are part of the wider Counselling & Mental Health team. You would be a valued member of the team and report to our Counselling & Mental Health Team Leader, who oversees support provided by both services. The Mental Health Team consist of 6 Mental Health Advisors (including the Team Leader) who offer mental health support to students experiencing mental health difficulties, whether DSA funded or not, as part of our super-supportive experience. In addition we have the role of Mental Health DSA Mentor to increase provision for students eligible for support through DSA funding. We currently have one other DSA Mentor in post within the team.

About us

This is an exciting time to join our University following our relocation in September 2018 to a new purpose-built, town-centre campus designed to adapt to 21st century teaching.  We are looking to recruit individuals who share our passion for innovation, creativity and social impact and who will play a key role as we realise our ambition of transforming lives for the better and inspiring positive change.

The University of Northampton is one of only two Ashoka U Changemaker Campuses in the UK, and in 2017 was awarded the Social Enterprise Gold Mark, an independent guarantee that we have proven to our employees, students and stakeholders that we are committed to continuous improvement across our business in order to consistently deliver a positive impact on people and planet.

About the job

Fixed term: 2 years

Part time: 30 hours per week

Interview date: Tuesday 01 December 2020

Right to work

All candidates will be asked to provide proof of eligibility to work in the UK at interview.


We are proud of our diverse student population and applications from Black Asian Minority Ethnic student grow year on year. Equality and the promotion of inclusion are a key value that we are proud to promote. To embed this across the University, to achieve diversity amongst its staff and to improve staff representation, we would like to encourage applications from women, people living with disabilities, and those from the LGBT+ and Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic communities.