Student Mentoring Scheme

The USW Student Mentoring scheme enables students joining the university to receive support on practical issues from more experienced USW students.

The university has a Student Mentoring scheme so that starting at university is as easy and enjoyable as it can be. Coming to university can be a challenging time – there is so much information to find out and practical matters to deal with. For students coming from overseas, there may also be cultural differences to get used to.

About Student Mentoring

The USW Student Mentoring scheme aims to:

  • Ensure that the transition to university for new students is as easy and problem-free as possible;
  • Encourage new students in meeting current students from the same department or faculty so that they quickly integrate into university life;
  • Make sure that new students know where they can go for information and support and to ensure that they experience a supportive and encouraging environment;
  • Support students to rapidly engage with their studies by reducing stress factors; and
  • Enable student mentors to develop or enhance skills, knowledge and experience relevant to employment and other avenues of life.

Our student mentors are trained volunteers. New students can ask their mentor questions by email or Facebook, even before they arrive on campus. After enrolment, mentors and mentees may meet in person from time to time and stay in touch by phone and email.

USW Student Mentoring is run by the Student Development and Study Skills Service.

For more information on the scheme, including mentor training opportunities, contact:

Nicola Shelswell nicola.shelswell@southwales.ac.uk
01443 482964
Donna Waite donna.waite@southwales.ac.uk
01443 482990
studentmentoring@southwales.ac.uk