On Wednesday 9 May, students and staff gathered to celebrate the success of the Postgraduate Peer Mentoring schemes in the Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences and Faculty of Engineering & Design. Hosted in the Doctoral Commons, the event was a fantastic opportunity to recognise the vital support peer mentors provide to new doctoral and postgraduate taught students with the transition to postgraduate study at Bath.
It was great to see students and staff sharing their thoughts and experiences of the schemes in these two faculties, run in partnership with The SU Peer Support team and the Doctoral College. Postgraduate peer mentors received a certificate in recognition of the time and effort they have put into supporting mentees this academic year.
The event was also attended by many mentees. Chunhua Chen is a second year PhD student in the Department of Social and Policy Sciences. She spoke of how her mentor helped her to find accommodation, provided advice about PhD study and useful tips for her new life in Bath. Chunhua said she felt so lucky to have a mentor and would recommend the mentoring scheme to any new PhD students.
Professor Jeremy Bradshaw, Pro-Vice-Chancellor (International & Doctoral), was there to show his appreciation of the schemes. In his speech he highlighted the significant expansion of peer support schemes for our students and that Bath is leading in the sector in terms of our postgraduate peer-to-peer provision
Liam Emery, SU Postgraduate Officer and Dr Eleanor Parker, Doctoral Engagement Manager, Doctoral College both commented that it was great to see the faculties, The SU and the Doctoral College working in partnership to support and celebrate the success of the mentoring scheme.
Liam Emery said “I hope the scheme can be expanded as time goes on, so that more doctoral students can benefit from having a mentor when they arrive at the University.”
Dr Eleanor Parker also said “The Doctoral College is committed to supporting our doctoral community at all stages of their research and peer mentors play a vital role in supporting transition for our new students.”