First or second year undergraduate students can apply to train as a student mentor to new students in the next intake. Students on Masters courses are also invited to participate as mentors as long as there are two intakes to the course per year.
Students who are interested in becoming a student mentor should get in touch with the scheme co-ordinators:
It is necessary to attend a training session, and this takes approximately two hours. At the end of the session students complete a short form to confirm that they are, or are not, willing to undertake the role of student mentor.
Sessions are held at least twice a year on each of the campuses, and are advertised by email and other means. Contact a co-ordinator to book a place at any time of the year.
There is a handbook with guidance for Student Mentors.
Benefits of being a Student Mentor
An aim of the scheme is that all participants benefit, mentors as well as mentees. For mentors, taking part can be a valuable experience and opportunity to develop and practise a range of skills that are highly relevant in the workplace. These include communication, ‘people skills’, organisational and time management skills, and exercising judgement. Participation also demonstrates a good level of commitment and a ‘can do’ attitude, valued by employers. In today’s competitive job market, it is important to be able to stand out from other well qualified graduates, and the experience of mentoring fellow students is one way of achieving this.
Experience as a student mentor can be included on a CV or job application form. The university also awards a certificate of achievement to each mentor confirming participation. Subject to meeting the scheme criteria, participants can also apply for GradEdge accreditation.
Student mentors who can demonstrate a reasonable level of participation in the scheme are also given a ‘thank you’ in the form of a gift voucher.
Student mentors can apply for a limited number of bursaried positions as Super Mentors.
Above all, feedback from student mentors shows that a major benefit is the opportunity to extend social networks and gain satisfaction from helping fellow students.