Students in the University of Huddersfield School of Human and Health Sciences will be able to use the software to access mentors and enhance their employability.
After a successful year working with students at Nottingham University Business School, and recently beginning a project with Keele University, the peer mentoring software announces it’s latest partnership with The University of Huddersfield. Founded in 2017, Tyfy takes a modern approach to mentoring. The software matches students together electronically and lets them communicate in a way they understand –through their phones.
Every University runs some variation on a peer mentoring scheme, and the benefits are widely recognised, from engaging students with their course and campus life to supporting their welfare. But the problem? It just isn’t reasonable to expect the generation who express emotion through emoticons, check their bank balance using their thumbprint and find love by swiping right on an app to engage with this face to face contact in the same way that they would have done twenty years ago. As a result, University peer mentoring schemes are no longer having the desired impact. Many students are suffering in silence.
Tyfy offers the chance to get the benefits of peer mentoring online
Tyfy wants to change this. By matching them electronically based on their module data, students can access bespoke, reliable support as and when they need it. And it’s more rewarding to give it, too. Mentors are reviewed based on the help they give. This provides them with a metric to display their academic knowledge, soft skills and employability… all from the comfort of their phones. Older students don’t have time for an awkward meeting with a first year, but they do have the time to answer a quick question on their phone and earn a review demonstrating their communicative and academic aptitude. Most younger students are far too scared to walk up to a final year and talk about their problems. But behind the comfort of a screen they’re far more willing to admit they need help. Tyfy makes sure they get it.
Tyfy has the potential to reach out to every student in need of support
Now, Tyfy is expanding in Universities across the country. Students at The University of Huddersfield are amongst the most recent to be able to access the software. For students like nurses, for whom placements are part of their course, University can feel isolating. Long hours and distance learning mean they spend less time amongst peers. Providing these students with a means of communicating from afar is crucial in making sure they get as many opportunities as the students on campus, and in helping them stay part of the University community. Working with The University of Huddersfield is an exciting opportunity for Tyfy to be able to support those students who need it most.