Peer mentors help students at different points in their University journey. Mentors know what it is like to be a student at the University of Bath and share their own experiences and offer guidance and support.

All first year students at the University are allocated a peer mentor. They are there to be a friendly face on campus, someone who can help you settle in and support you during your first year. They are based in your department and supported by a small group of lead peer mentors and a departmental member of staff.

You will meet your mentor at a welcome event, organised by your mentors and your department. You can talk to them about a wide range of things, including:

  • What to bring to University,
  • Useful tips on the course,
  • How to study effectively,
  • How to get involved in University life,
  • Where to go and explore in Bath,
  • How to find additional support.

Find out more about becoming a peer mentor

Need a reminder on how to reach your mentor? Contact your lead peer mentors or email peersupport@bath.ac.uk.

Become a Peer Mentor

Peer Mentors support new students in their department as they start their course. You can share your experience of the first year to answer questions and signpost appropriate support services to help students find the support they need. Mentors should maintain contact with their mentees throughout the year and departments also hold events where mentors can meet their mentees.

Why should I become a Peer Mentor?

Being a Peer Mentor is a great way to support new students and develop yourself. As a Peer Mentor, you can…

  • …develop valuable skills that employers look for, including communication and listening skills, organisation and networking.
  • …increase your confidence by helping others.
  • …build a sense of community in your department by breaking down the barriers between year groups.
  • …learn more about the support available in the University.
  • …be invited to our annual celebration event.
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How do I become a Peer Mentor?

Almost anyone can volunteer to be a peer mentor but generally peer mentors are second year students. However, if you are not in your second year and would like to volunteer don't let this stop you!

In order to become a Peer Mentor, you need to sign up to and attend one of our training sessions in Semester 2 which covers the skills and information you will need to complete the role. Before signing up, we recommend that you read the role description so you understand what is expected of a peer mentor.

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Become a Lead Peer Mentor

Lead Peer Mentors take on additional responsibilities on top of their role as a peer mentor. You can organise and lead Welcome Events and other activities during the year for new students to meet their mentors, as well as supporting, motivating and representing for your fellow mentors.

Read the role description

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Why should I become a Lead Peer Mentor?

Being a Lead Peer Mentor is a great way to support your fellow mentors and develop yourself. As a Lead Peer Mentor, you can…

  • …develop valuable skills that employers look for, including leadership, communication skills, organisation and networking.
  • …get experience planning events and supporting, motivating and leading a team.
  • …demonstrate you are willing to take on additional responsibilities.
  • …build a sense of community in your department by breaking down the barriers between year groups.
  • …be invited to our annual celebration event.

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How do I become a Lead Peer Mentor?

Once you have completed Peer Mentor training, you will be invited to apply for the role of Lead Peer Mentor. We recommend reading the role description and outlining the skills and experiences you have that are relevant to the role. Applications for the role are open until the 6th of May.

Apply now