Peer support is made up of two schemes:
- Peer mentoring - available to new first year undergraduate students
- Peer assisted study sessions (PASS)
If you would like to talk to a current student before and during the first few months of university, peer mentoring is available for any first year undergraduate.
Your mentor will usually study a similar subject to you. They are there to listen when you need to talk, and to answer any questions you have about your course in general or university life.
Many students say that it is nice to know that there is someone to talk to, even if you don’t need them. Last year almost 1,800 students had a peer mentor and 84% said their peer mentor had improved their student experience.
Email firstname.lastname@example.org with any queries.
About the scheme
The aim of the scheme is to help you settle in to the University. Your peer mentor is available from before you start university until the end of January. We can extend the scheme on an individual basis if you feel it would benefit you.
Although the main scheme ends in January, you can request a peer mentor at any point during your first year by emailing email@example.com.
The scheme is opt-in, so if you have settled into university and no longer need a peer mentor you can tell them in person, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The role of a peer mentor
A peer mentor is someone who is trained to be a mentor to you. To provide you with good quality mentoring support, peer mentors should only mentor you for about one hour at a time.
Peer mentors are unable to spend long periods of time with you, such as an evening out for dinner. Instead they are there to listen and direct you to help yourself. If you want to know more about mentoring skills, you could apply to become a peer mentor for the next academic year.
Peer mentors are not academic tutors. If you need academic support or tutorials, you can speak to your personal tutor. Your peer mentor can talk to you about the course in general and what to expect from it. However, they can’t look through your work or do revision with you.
Peer mentors can spend up to an hour per week in contact with you. This varies from person to person. You may find you need less contact at some times and your mentor will understand that. Each mentoring relationship is different.
Finding the right peer mentor
When you apply, you provide basic details about yourself and we use this to match you with a peer mentor. Matching is done on a first-come first-served basis.
We try to match you with a mentor who is doing the same or similar course to you. If we don’t have a mentor from your course available then we will match you with someone from the same faculty.
Who to contact if you haven’t heard from your peer mentor
If you haven’t heard from your mentor, first check your junk email mailbox.
If you haven’t heard from your peer mentor by the start of Welcome Week, and requested a mentor signed up early, please email email@example.com.
Peer mentors for mature students
Some of our peer mentor team are mature students. If you are 21-years-old or over and prefer to be matched with one of our mature peer mentors, please state this when you sign up for the scheme.
You can choose to do a variety of activities with your peer mentor, you might like to do the following:
- Meet for a chat
- Exchange emails and messages
- A campus tour
- Go for a coffee
- Meet up with other first-year students.
The Peer Mentor Request form for September 2020 entry is now live. The form will remain open until the end of October 2020.
If you request a mentor by 15 September we aim to match you with a mentor who will be in contact before term starts. If it's after that we will match you and they will contact you as soon as possible.
Peer mentoring welcome event
At our welcome events, you’ll be able to meet with your peer mentor and other first year students whilst taking part in some engaging activities.
The welcome events will take place within the first 3 weeks of term. Your peer mentor will have more details on the event and how to access the event when these have been finalised.
Peer support at the University is made up of two schemes:
- Peer mentoring
- Peer assisted study sessions
Peer mentoring is available for new first year undergraduate students and foundation year students.
We recruit peer mentors between February and Early April each year. When we are recruiting, all our student job opportunities are advertised on the University of Bristol Careers Service jobs page and you can find full information about the role and how to apply there.
We expect to be recruiting for peer mentors working with new students starting in 2021/22 intake from early February 2021.