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
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 about your mentor scheme
The role of a postgraduate mentor
A postgraduate mentor is a doctoral student who has knowledge and experience of studying at a doctoral level at Bath. A postgraduate mentor will support you with the transition to doctoral study, help you settle into life at Bath and be a point of contact throughout your first year.
Do I have a postgraduate mentor?
First year postgraduate research students should check with the Doctoral College or their Director of Studies to see whether there is a mentoring scheme in place. Some departments currently offer such a scheme, whereas others don't. Schemes are generally offered on an opt-in basis.
Subject areas that currently offer a mentoring scheme are:
- Engineering and Design
- Humanities and Social Sciences
No mentoring scheme?
The Peer Support Team are currently looking at rolling out peer mentoring across more programmes for doctoral 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
The Peer Support team and the Placement Team in the Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences have established an opt-in mentoring scheme in which returning fourth year students support those in their second year as they prepare for placement. A similar scheme is starting for 2018/19 in the Faculty of Science.
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
Placement Mentor role
- Mentors signpost students preparing for placement to support available (ie: Placement Officers, Careers, events etc)
- Mentors provide informal support on a variety of concerns from the application process to workplace etiquette.
- Mentors do not support with the writing of applications or replicate any of the support that already exists. They act as informal peer to peer support and are trained to signpost students where necessary.
- Mentors must attend a compulsory training session
- Mentors are encouraged to maintain regular contact (face-to-face & online)
- The scheme is opt-in. Mentees are invited to meet mentors but it isn’t compulsory.
- Where possible, students will be able to select their mentor at their department's poster or networking event. You can also select a mentor by reading their posters available on Moodle.
- Don't forget that you need to tell us who you want to be your mentor so we can put them in touch with you. You can do this via our online survey.
Request a Placement Peer Mentor via our online survey
- Recruitment takes places over three/four weeks in September. Mentees are then invited to a speed dating networking event in which they can meet mentors and get further details.
- The Peer Support team delivers training for all mentors. This takes place in October.
- The Peer Support team run regular ‘coffee and cake’ events in collaboration with the faculties throughout the year to provide a space for mentees to meet mentors and network.
- Being a placement mentor counts towards the Bath Award. Mentors are also encouraged to get recognition through the Volunteer Recognition Scheme in the Students’ Union. Mentors will also be invited to an end of year celebration event.
Some of our placement mentors and mentees share their experiences of the scheme:
Jasmin's story Evelien's story
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 starting up new schemes.
Find out more about starting a new mentoring scheme