As a peer mentor in the Department of Civil Engineering, Rhys has helped a group of new students to settle into life and study at the University of Bath. Here, he discusses his experiences as a peer mentor. Rhys Phillips

"It is an excellent opportunity to impart your knowledge and experience to younger students, some of whom may not have found the transition as easy as you. It takes very little time but the skills you develop and the experience you gain is well worth it."

Rhys Phillips, MEng (hons) Civil Engineering

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

My experience in transitioning to university was an excellent one and my peer mentor was one of the people who made this so easy. I wanted to use this position to help other people adjust to university life.

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

Being able to know that you are making a real and tangible difference to a person's life at an important time.

What has surprised you about the scheme/ something you were not anticipating?

I was surprised how effective it can be and the level of engagement from first year students.

How will being a peer mentor help you for the future?

Developing interpersonal skills in both an academic and pastoral environment will help me to function effectively in a corporate environment. I also act as a STEM ambassador and hope to continue this work and the peer mentoring scheme has allowed me to develop the necessary skills.

Why should other students sign up to be a peer mentor?

It is an excellent opportunity to impart your knowledge and experience to younger students, some of whom may not have found the transition as easy as you. It takes very little time but the skills you develop and the experience you gain is well worth it.

If you had to sum up being a peer mentor in three words, what would they be?

Rewarding, skills, development

If you are interested in becoming a peer mentor, you can sign up to your department-specific training session.