Date of release: Friday, September 4, 2015

 Martin Sanchez-Horna with Charne GreenA £1,000 fee waiver is on offer to postgraduate science students who become mentors at the University of Greenwich.

The university is one of nine taking part in the London Postgraduate Mentoring Project (LPMP). The scheme gives undergraduate students a taste of postgraduate research to encourage them to move on to further study after completing their degree. Students who then become a mentor can receive a £1,000 fee waiver if they do an MSc at Greenwich.

The project aims to increase the progression of science undergraduates on to science Master's programmes. Postgraduate mentors work on a one-to-one basis with the mentees to outline the benefits of postgraduate research, identify areas of research and potential areas of further development.

Martin Sanchez-Horna studies Forensic Science within the Faculty of Engineering & Science at the university's Medway Campus. He has taken part in the scheme as a mentee, and recently represented Greenwich at the LPMP conference in London as part of AccessHE Week.

He says: "The scheme was a great help because of my mentor's support. It has also made me aware of the advantages of doing a Master's degree after my undergraduate studies, an avenue that I had not considered at first."

The university's Programme Leader and Senior Lecturer for Forensic Science, Linda Brownlow, adds: "Martin is one of our shining stars. His passion for forensics, coupled with the excellent facilities he has at his disposal here at Greenwich, should secure him an excellent future in this field."

Initially conceived to engage science students from under-represented backgrounds, such as ethnic minority, low-income or those who have been in care, the LPMP was expanded to include all science students, due to its popularity.

LPMP is funded by the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE). Students at Greenwich have 30 hours with their mentors during the academic year, which can be split up as needed.

For more on studying Forensic Science at the University of Greenwich: http://www2.gre.ac.uk/study/courses/ug/forensic

The university's Clearing hotline is 020 8331 9000.

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Picture: Martin Sanchez-Horna with Charne Green, who manages the mentoring project at the university.