Most new undergraduate students have questions about starting at university - and this is where peer mentoring can really help. We understand that you might have lots of questions that you’d prefer to ask an experienced student rather than a staff member. That’s what a peer mentor can provide.
Most departments run their own peer mentoring scheme and so how they operate varies slightly between departments. For example, some schemes operate in pairs or groups.
A peer mentor is another student (normally from your department) with experience of the University who can:
You might be feeling confused about where to find things on campus, how to use the library, who's who in your department, or how to get to know other students. Or, you might just feel like having a chat with someone who's had experience of adjusting to university life and who can give you tips about how to settle in. This is where your peer mentor can help you!
All new undergraduate students are offered the opportunity to have a student peer mentor. You may either be automatically assigned a peer mentor or you can sign up for a peer mentor from your department or school.
If you’re not sure who your peer mentor is or if you’d like to request a peer mentor, please contact your Departmental Peer Mentor Coordinator.
If you're in a department that runs a peer mentor scheme, then you will normally meet your peer mentor in the first few weeks of term. Please contact your Departmental Peer Mentor Coordinator.
The Students’ Union co-ordinates a buddy scheme for specific groups of students including mature students and LGBT students. To join a peer mentor or buddy scheme contact your Departmental Peer Mentor Coordinator. East 15 Acting School only operates a buddy scheme.
It's important you understand that the mentoring relationship will remain confidential. A peer mentor is in a position of trust and is expected to treat student concerns and private matters with the utmost sensitivity.
However, they're not expected to keep secrets. To handle information confidentially means that information isn't shared beyond the scheme, and it will normally only be shared with your scheme co-ordinator or your Student Services Hub. Details of the confidentiality to be offered within your scheme are available from your Peer Mentor Co-ordinator.