Peer mentoring helps new students transition to University. It connects you with experienced students who can share their own experiences and offer guidance and support. Peer Mentors know what it is like to be a student at the University of Bath. They are trained to signpost their mentees to various support services that are available to all. Peer Mentoring benefits both the mentor and mentee, as you both get the chance to learn new things.

As a mentee you will:

  • Get your questions about University answered
  • Develop your personal and communication skills
  • Increase your confidence and self-esteem
  • Feel more able to make decisions
  • Gain the opportunity to learn from a fellow student's experience

Find out more about becoming a Peer Mentor

Mentoring for new Undergraduate students

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 someone who can support you during your first year of study. They are based in your department and supported by a small group of lead peer mentors and a member of staff in your department.

Each mentor is supports a small group of first year students. It is likely you will meet as a group for the first time, at the start of the year. 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 online.

You can talk to your mentor 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

Peer mentors are not advisors but can help you find additional support from the University as well.

Check out our mentee leaflet for more information

Find out more about becoming a peer mentor

Mentoring for new Postgraduate students

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
  • Doctoral students in the School of Management

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 increasing the provision for peer mentoring for more 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

Mentoring for students preparing for Placement

The role of a placement peer mentor

A Placement Mentor is a final year student who has recently completed their placement, supporting students through the placement process. You can talk to your mentor about a wide variety of topics, including:

  • How to find placement opportunities
  • Applying for placements
  • Preparing for interviews and assessment centres
  • Getting ready to go on placement
  • Accessing support while on placement

We currently work with the Faculties of Humanities and Social Sciences and Science to run mentoring schemes for students preparing for placement. The scheme is opt-in and you can chose a mentor via our networking events. If you are unsure who you want as a mentor, you can also request a random mentor from your department.

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Placement Networking Events

These networking events are a great opportunity for you to meet Placement Peer Mentors from your department and find out more about their experiences applying for and being on placement. The events will take place in October or November.

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 Disability Service run a campus buddy scheme for new students with Asperger syndrome, an Autism Spectrum Condition, Social Anxiety or Social Phobia. Find out more about the campus buddies scheme and how to become a campus buddy on their website

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