It is your responsibility to find an Oxford Brookes Registered Mentor to act as your Mentor and to arrange at least three meetings with him or her. It is not possible for Oxford Brookes University to provide a Mentor for you but Oxford Brookes University has identified three categories of individuals from which you should choose your Mentor. It is your Mentor’s responsibility to gain approval as a Mentor: see above. The person you choose should be one of the following:
- A qualified Chartered Certified Accountant (ACCA) – Full member.
- Your tutor at an ACCA Learning Provider
- A senior colleague at work e.g. your line manager
Oxford Brookes University has identified the following characteristics of an effective Mentor. You may wish to reflect on this list of attributes when making your own choice of Mentor.
- Is approachable and has genuine interest in helping students to succeed
- Listens and actively questions
- Respects confidentiality and is trustworthy
- Acts as a sounding board to explore ideas and issues arising from research
- Provides positive and constructive feedback on research being carried out
- Challenges and discusses effective communication
- Offers support and encouragement
- Helps the student meet their objectives
- Helps the student ask the right questions, to think systematically, to learn to apply appropriate evaluation techniques and to analyse and interpret the findings
- Remains neutral and not judgmental
- Provides subtle guidance but ensures student makes the decisions
- Is knowledgeable and competent
- Grasps the essence of the technicalities without becoming a subject matter expert.