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Specialist Mentor

Location : guildford Employment type : PART_TIME Expires : 2022-10-14 Salary: £40

ACM is a specialist music education provider with approximately 2,200 students on a range of FE and HE programmes in Music Performance, Creative Artist, Production, Technical Services and Business. Our creative and dynamic environment blends academic excellence and professionalism alongside leading-edge industry thinking and business innovation.

ACM’s Vision:

ACM will incubate potential and talent, supporting the personalised development needs of our students to facilitate a structured path from education to employment.

We provide a safe and supported space where creative talent and imagination can flourish in a caring environment. Barriers to learning are identified through a holistic and person-centred approach to unlock the potential of the individual, enabling personal growth through professional and academic development. Our core aim is for our students to enjoy lifelong sustainable careers underpinned by applied learning and a specialist, cutting-edge curriculum.

Therefore, our vision is to not only be the leader in applied, industry-connected, creative arts education but to also be the leader in care and support for mental health and other traditional barriers to learning, thereby driving up the standards expected within higher and further education.

ACM’s Mission:

To provide an immersive student experience, with a curriculum which is connected to the industry in real-time, based on a learning by doing ethos. Our core aim is to build confidence and self-awareness, providing students with the skills necessary to recognise and take opportunities.

Ultimately our mission is to enable students to fulfil their potential and enjoy a sustainable career within the creative arts industry.


The Specialist Mentor’s primary duties will be carried out in collaboration with staff across the Additional Needs and Disabilities department in ACM’s approach to inclusive practice, access and special education needs support for students on Higher Education programmes. The purpose of this role is to provide high-quality, specialist mentoring support to students with additional needs and disabilities. The Specialist Mentor will also work closely with members of the wider Integrated Services and Education departments to maintain connection between all areas of provision. 


  • To deliver the specialist sessions to students in line with accredited standards, and internal policies and procedures. The support recommended will vary on the needs of each student, in accordance with Disabled Students Allowance (DSA);
  • To provide individual interventions and support plans that help students address the barriers to learning created by a particular impairment, e.g. mental-health conditions, or autistic spectrum disorders including, but not limited to:
    • coping with anxiety and stress;
    • dealing with concentration difficulties;
    • time management;
    • prioritising workload and creating a suitable work-life balance;
  • To not act as an advocate or counsellor, but to help students recognise the barriers to learning created by their impairment and support them in developing strategies to address these barriers, particularly at times of transition, e.g. when starting at university or when planning to move on from it;
  • To liaise and coordinate support in conjunction with the wider ACM Integrated Services team, including referrals to wellbeing services and safeguarding;
  • To undertake accurate record keeping of intervention and support provided, keeping contemporaneous case notes. To ensure that records are kept in an appropriate manner, complying with relevant legislation e.g. Data Protection Act and Freedom of Information Act;
  • To keep up to date with internal policy and regulatory developments within all areas of ACM’s provision, in order to deliver up-to-date and relevant advice where necessary;
  • To attend Additional Needs and Disabilities department meetings, and engage with staff across the institution as a member of the wider ACM team;
  • To provide reports on your daily activities to the Additional Needs and Disabilities Coordinator.



  • An undergraduate degree or relevant professional equivalent;
  • Experience of planning and delivering 1:1 specialist mentoring support to students in Higher Education;
  • Substantial experience of working with autistic adults;
  • An in-depth understanding of the effects of autism on language and learning;
  • An in-depth knowledge of how disabilities affect areas of learning;
  • An awareness of the strengths autistic students can bring to a learning situation;
  • The skills to help students make use of their strengths and overcome barriers to learning;
  • An understanding of the demands of study at HE level;
  • Experience of teaching and incorporating multi-sensory skills within a 1:1 specialist study support setting:
  • Excellent oral/written communication skills;
  • Ability to interpret and explain complex processes/information to others;
  • Excellent interpersonal skills;
  • Ability to initiate and complete administrative tasks to a deadline;
  • Working knowledge of legislation relating to data protection and equality and diversity;
  • Commitment to working within the policies of ACM and the regulations of its academic partners;
  • Quality Assured member of Association of Dyslexia Specialists in Higher Education OR AMBDA;
  • Awareness of mental health and anxiety issues associated with SpLDs.


  • A teaching qualification;
  • Postgraduate-level specialism in an area of Specific Learning Differences (SpLD);
  • Knowledge of the OfS agenda for Access and Participation;

All ACM staff work to the same values which are:


To empower individuals from diverse backgrounds, to maintain accessibility, and provide an inclusive organisational culture.

Supportive environments

To provide environments that support personal and professional development through a holistic approach and bring the benefits of the creative arts to the wider community.

Agility and innovation

To provide an inspiring organisational culture that embraces innovation through openness, flexibility, creativity and self-evaluation.


To recognise the benefits of working closely with industry and others, to embrace new technologies, and to provide meaningful opportunities, in order to enhance learning.

Professional and academically strong standards

To provide state of the art professional environments, to inspire determination and enthusiasm, and ensure high professional and academic standards

This job purpose reflects the core activities of the post. As the Department and the post-holder develop, there will inevitably be some changes to the duties for which the post is responsible, and possibly to the emphasis of the post itself. ACM expects that the post-holder will recognise this and will adopt a flexible approach to work.  This could include undertaking relevant training where necessary.  Should significant changes to the job purpose become necessary, the post-holder will be consulted and the changes reflected in a revised job purpose.


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HR and Recruitment Team
The Academy of Contemporary Music
The Rodboro Buildings, Bridge Street, Guildford, Surrey, GU1 4SB

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