Peter is a current doctoral student who supports new students studying the MRes programme in the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences. He helps them with starting their postgraduate studies and settling into life and work in Bath. He has recently started mentoring new doctoral students in addition to this role. 

“I wanted to help others in the position I was. I think every little piece of mentoring, support and advice can add up to really help people get through challenging courses.”

Peter, Doctoral Student in the Department of Economics.

What made you decide to get involved with the mentoring scheme?

I decided to get involved as I wanted to help others in the position I was. I think every little piece of mentoring, support and advice can add up to really help people get through challenging courses.

What sort of support have you been giving your mentees?

To link my roles as a mentor for MRes and Doctoral students I've tried to help in the application and induction process. This has entailed introducing people to necessary contacts, instructing them about deadlines and opportunities and helping with writing/interviewing.

What has been the most positive aspect of being a mentor?

I think seeing the mentees succeeding in things I've helped them with, such as applications, is certainly satisfying.

What skills have you developed /further developed as a result of being a mentor?

I think networking has been a crucial skill. Additionally, that skill of really trying to understand someone's unique problem and trying to help solve that is very worthwhile and a lot of fun.

Why would you encourage others to get involved with the scheme?

It's rewarding to help and work with some great people

How would you describe being a mentor in three words?

Fun, rewarding, support.

If you are a current or previous MRes student at the University of Bath and are interested in becoming a peer mentor, you can apply now via our website.