The role of a mentor is ideal if you're looking to volunteer and get great experience to add to your CV. Full training and catch-ups are available so that you can discuss how things are going.
This isn't a demanding job. Mentors normally take about 30 minutes per week to reply to messages so your studies wouldn't be affected. However, if you wish to take a break that is not a problem. We want you to feel happy and comfortable in the role at all times.
To become a mentor, we require you to either be:
This is so that we can ensure you have enough experience and knowledge to reply to questions.
If you think this role might be for you, please contact your Department Peer Mentor Coordinator who can arrange a training session with you. Following the training session, there is no obligation to become a mentor.
Details about your academic background and the department you're in will be available made available to mentees so they can find a mentor with the relevant knowledge to answer their questions.
A student may contact you because:
Mentors aren't expected to:
For many students, the first few weeks will be the time when they have the most questions and will benefit from the opportunity to discuss issues with a mentor.
It's also likely that they will have questions as they approach the different stages of their studies, for example, when preparing a dissertation if they are a Masters student or when they are entering Completion as a PhD student.
The scheme has been set up to have the flexibility to accommodate the different stages and challenges of postgraduate study.