Disability Mentor Adviser (Mental Health)

Surrey, United Kingdom
£36,024 to £44,263 per annum
26 Sep 2023
End of advertisement period
08 Oct 2023
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

Disability and Neurodiversity

Location: Guildford
Salary: £36,024 to £44,263 per annum
Fixed Term (- Oct 2024)
Post Type: Full Time
Closing Date: 23.59 hours BST on Sunday 08 October 2023
Reference: 048023

The Disability and Neurodiversity team is looking for a full-time Disability Mentor Adviser (Mental Health) to join the team on a one year fixed-term basis, in the first instance. We are looking for a highly experienced specialist to ensure students with mental health conditions receive outstanding support through individually tailored mentoring, advice and guidance.

Additionally, a core aspect of this post is to act as an adviser to disabled students and applicants and the wider University community, and to work on a range of projects to improve student experience. Working as part of a dedicated and holistically minded team, such activities will include developing and delivering staff training and development across the institution, as well as guidance and study resources. 

About you

As the mentoring aspect of the role is funded by the Disabled Students Allowance (DSA), it is essential that candidates meet the DfE qualification and professional body membership requirements to undertake the role of a Specialist Mentor for students with mental health condition. Details can be found here.

Knowledge of the needs of, and experience of supporting, students with mental health conditions in a Higher Education setting is essential, as is the ability to work independently and as a team member.

The successful candidate will have a good understanding of developments within the HE sector and demonstrate resilience in a time of change. Under the guidance of the Head of Disability and Neurodiversity, and the team’s Senior Advisers, the successful candidate will promote good practices across the institution and be able to work flexibly, sometimes outside of core hours, and across the year.

What we can offer

In addition to salary, you will receive a yearly incremental pay rise, generous annual leave entitlement of 25 days holiday plus 7 university closure days and 8 bank holidays, a generous pension, access to world-class leisure facilities on campus, a range of travel schemes, and supportive family friendly benefits including an excellent on-site nursery. The University embraces hybrid and flexible working.

Further Information

To apply please submit a CV. You will also be asked some brief questions to help us understand your suitability for the position.

For informal enquiries relating to the role please contact Chris Steer, Senior Disability Adviser ( or Catherine Lowe, Senior Disability Tutor/Mentor Adviser (NMH Co-ordinator) (

Interviews will be held in person on Wednesday 18th October.

The University of Surrey is committed to providing an inclusive environment that offers equal opportunities for all. We value everyone in our community and are seeking to increase the diversity. Therefore, we particularly encourage applications from under-represented groups, such as people from Black, Asian and minority ethnic groups and people with disabilities.  

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