What is Mirror?
Mirror is a scheme that pairs up students with staff from across the University and the Guild to allow them to gain an insight into each other’s daily working lives. In the context of learning and teaching it helps to foster understanding and deeper collaboration between professional services staff, academics and students. Awareness raised through the Mirror scheme can bring about positive change, as well as allowing students to experience a day in the life of a career they may be interested in pursuing.
How does it work?
Students and staff complete a short information form and are matched as far as possible on their interests. Participants are given guidance and support on the best ways to set up shadowing and how to get the most out of their Mirror experience.
The member of staff shadow their partner student for the equivalent of a full day (including lectures, library visits, use of other services such as food outlets, society activities, etc.). The student shadows their partner for a similar amount of time, attending meetings and experiencing life as a staff member.
Any student can apply to take part in the Mirror scheme by completing this short form. Students are invited to answer some short questions to establish which member would be most appropriate for them to shadow.
Staff from across the range of managerial and academic positions are invited to get involved. If you are interested, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
"James was a keen participant and volunteered his own valuable views in a few of the meetings I invited him to attend with me. He is very hard working and was a real pleasure to engage with."
- Professor Carlos Cortinhas, Economics
"It was a really good opportunity to get a view of what being a professor is like, I feel like I learnt a lot from the experience, I'd definitely recommend it to anyone considering a career in academia"
- Jamie Barker, Economics student paired with Professor Cortinhas
“I am a very strong supporter of the Mirror Scheme. You may think only spending a day gives you a limited experience, but the truth is that even that short period of time takes you out of your comfort zone, and very much into the life of the student you are mirroring. I have learnt a lot about how each of the students I have mirrored in the last three years saw the university and their education. But, more importantly, I also got an idea of the pressures they are under, as well as the extraordinary things they do to support fellow students and the community in which they live. I have always come away feeling a bit humbled by how much they give back to the university – far more than I did when I was a student. I hope in return they got some idea of the issues facing the VC of the institution and what it is like to walk in my shoes.”
- Sir Steve Smith, Vice Chancellor
Spending time with Milly gave me insight into the range of activities she manages to balance with her studies. Even alongside producing her final year dissertation, Milly gives her time to Guild Council and multiple committees of RAG. It was great to see students’ commitment to giving something back to the university community, even at the most pressured times.”
- Becky Morris, Communications and Marketing Executive for the Students’ Guild
Mirroring Becky was a really useful experience, as it gave me a broad overview of how the Students' Guild markets itself both online and in person. I am currently doing an event management internship, so this marketing experience has been useful in helping me generate ideas for event promotion. I have learnt that marketing can take many different forms, from large scale campaigns to twitter updates, which has been useful knowledge to gain as I consider what type of career to pursue.
- Milly Hindle, English student who shadowed Becky Morris