Peer Mentors are current students who have volunteered and been trained to support new students. They do this by sharing their experiences and being available to help with the everyday business of helping new students to settle in. They commit to the role for the full academic year.
What do Peer Mentors do?
Peer Mentors are important in supporting students during their transition period of settling into life at The University and into their English courses. In receiving guidance and support from experienced students, new students can gain an insight into being part of the university from someone who they feel comfortable to talk openly with and ask the questions that matter to them. We have found that when new students feel comfortable earlier on in the term, they will have more time to spend on their studies rather than feeling anxious.
Mentors are part of a wider support system for all students and can direct students to Personal Tutors and Student Support and Wellbeing Officers if needed. They are not counsellors and will support their mentees to get the support they need from support services. A previous mentee said of their experience:
‘There are some issues that fall in between what your friends can help you with and what you want to ask a lecturer you have never met before, and the mentoring scheme fills those gaps wonderfully. Thanks to my mentor, on my third day at Nottingham, I already knew everything there was to know about the library, the online portal and how to make the most of my seminars. My mentor is a wonderful person who is incredibly helpful; they have made the difference between my first weeks at Nottingham being unproductive and achieving a good balance of social and academic life’.
Who can have a Peer Mentor?
Mentors are available to new first year and PGT students as well as to students on one of the 2+2 or exchange programmes. New undergraduate students are matched with current undergrads. PGT students are matched with outgoing PGT students and students doing PhDs.
Request a Mentor
Are you an existing student who is interested in being a Peer Mentor?
Please contact email@example.com to find out more.