Peer mentors know what it is like to be a student at the University of Bath and can share their own experiences and help with any worries that students may have. All Peer mentors receive training and will be able to signpost various support services that are available for students on campus. They will be able to give informal advice, help students find their way around campus and introduce them to living and studying in Bath. Peer mentors are not told what to say or do!

Find out more about becoming a Peer Mentor

Undergraduate Mentoring

All first year students at the University should be allocated a peer mentor. They are there to be a friendly face on campus, someone who can help you settle in and someone who can support you during your first year of study. Your mentoring scheme is led by two lead peer mentors and supported by a member of staff in your department.

Each mentor is allocated a small group of first year students and you will probably meet as a group for at least the first time. From there, it is up to you and your mentor to work out what works for you. You may meet regularly as a group, one-to-one or maintain communication via online.

You can talk to your mentor about a wide range of things such as what textbooks to buy, what to bring to university, where to go and explore in Bath, as well as useful tips on the course and how to study effectively. Peer mentors are not advisors and it is normal for them to refer you on to seek alternate advice should you need it.

Check out our mentee leaflet for more information

Find out more about becoming a peer mentor

Postgraduate Mentoring

The role of a postgraduate peer mentor

A postgraduate mentor is a doctoral student who has knowledge and experience of studying at a postgraduate level at Bath. A postgraduate mentor will support you with the transition to studying as a doctoral or MRes student, help you settle into life at Bath and be a point of contact throughout your first year.

We currently work with departments across the University to run mentoring schemes for the following postgraduate students:

  • Doctoral students in the Faculty of Engineering and Design
  • Doctoral students in the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences
  • MRes students in the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences

Some departments run their own mentoring schemes. Speak to your supervisor, personal tutor or director of studies to see if there is a mentoring scheme available in your department.

Check out our mentee leaflet for more information

Find out more about becoming a postgraduate peer mentor

No mentoring scheme?

The Peer Support Team are currently looking at rolling out peer mentoring across more programmes for doctoral and PGT students. If you are a postgraduate student and would like to see a mentoring scheme in your department or faculty, there are lots of things you can do.Find out more about starting a new mentoring scheme

Placement Mentoring

The role of a postgraduate peer mentor

A Placement Mentor is a final year student who has recently completed their placement and support second year students as they prepare to go on placement. The aims of the scheme are:

  • To provide additional, informal peer-to-peer support for second year students as they prepare for their placement
  • Create a cross year sense of community in the department.
  • Provide additional opportunities for students returning from placement to develop their skillset

We currently work with the Faculties of Science and Humanities and Social Sciences to run mentoring schemes for students preparing for placement. The scheme is opt-in and you can still request a mentor to help you with your preparations. Get in touch with your placements officer to find out how you can choose the right mentor for you.

Some of our placement mentors and mentees share their experiences of the scheme:

 Evelien's story - a mentee's experience

 

No mentoring scheme?

The Peer Support Team are currently looking at rolling out peer mentoring across more departments. If you are preparing for placement, on placement or have recently completed your placement and would like to see a mentoring scheme in your department or faculty, there are lots of things you can do.

Find out more about starting a new mentoring scheme

Other Mentoring Schemes

There are other mentoring schemes taking place across campus.

  • We work with the School of Management to run a bespoke scheme for Business Administration students preparing for their placement scheme.
  • Students from China studying the Electrical Engineering 2+2 programme will receive support through mentoring.
  • The Student Disability Team run a campus buddy scheme for new students with aspergers.

Informal mentoring and buddy schemes also exist in departments we do not currently work with. Speak to your personal tutor or supervisor to see if your department offers a mentoring scheme.

If there is a new scheme you would like to set up, we can also provide support and advice in starting up new schemes.

Find out more about starting a new mentoring scheme