Peer Mentoring

A friendly face to help you at the start of your degree.

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Peer Mentors offer guidance and support to students at the beginning of their University journey by sharing their experience of student life at the University of Bath.

Find out more about becoming a peer mentor

All first year students at the University are allocated a Peer Mentor so you have a friendly face on campus to help you settle in and support you during your first year. Mentors are based and supported by other staff and volunteers in your department.

After meeting your Peer Mentor at your department's Welcome Event (more info below!), you could ask them about:

  • What to bring to University,
  • Useful tips on the course (e.g. how to study effectively, additional support),
  • Getting involved in University life,
  • Recommendations for exploring Bath.

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Need a reminder on how to reach your mentor? Contact the Peer Support Team on

Welcome Events

Around induction week, each department runs their own welcome event. This is a chance to meet your Peer Mentor and other students in your year in a fun and relaxed environment – previous events have included campus treasure hunts, codebreaking games and quizzes. Find out when your event is on your induction timetable.

Can’t make your welcome event? Reach out to your Peer Mentor beforehand to arrange a different time to meet with them around campus or online.

Peer mentors on a treasure hunt on parade

Become a Peer Mentor

Peer Mentors support new students in their department by sharing their experience of first year,  answering students' questions and helping them to access appropriate support services. Mentors maintain contact with their mentees throughout the year through messages, informal meet ups or events planned by your department.

Why become a Peer Mentor?

Peer Mentoring is a great way develop yourself whilst supporting new students. Peer Mentors can…

  • Develop valuable skills that employers look for, including communication and listening skills
  • Increase your confidence through helping others, building a sense of community in your department, and breaking down the barriers between year groups.
  • Learn more about the support available in the University.
  • Be invited to our annual celebration event.

What is it like being a peer mentor?

Charlotte's Story Hannah's Story Marcus' Story

How do I become a Peer Mentor?

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!

To become a Peer Mentor, you just need to attend one of our training sessions in Semester 2 where we cover the skills and information you'll need to complete the role. Before signing up, we recommend reading the role description to understand what is expected of a Peer Mentor.

There’s still time to become a peer mentor! We’ve got some space in some departments so if you are interested, email to find out more about opportunities to get involved.  

Read the role description

Become a Lead Peer Mentor

Lead Peer Mentors take on additional responsibilities to mentoring. You'd work alongside other Lead Peer Mentors to organise events in your department, and support, motivate and representfor 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 development and leadership opportunity on top of supporting your fellow mentors. Lead Peer Mentors can…

  • Develop valuable skills that employers look for, including leadership, organisation and networking.
  • Gain experience planning events, building community, and supporting and leading a team.
  • Demonstrate your willingness to take on additional responsibilities.
  • Be invited to our annual celebration event.

Vishnupriya's story Nele's story

How do I become a Lead Peer Mentor?

Once you've completed the Peer Mentor training, you'll be invited to apply for the role of Lead Peer Mentor. Have a read of the role description and outline the skills and experiences you have that are relevant to the role.

Applications open on Friday 1st March and close at 9am on Friday 31 May.

Apply now