Peer mentoring

If you are a first year undergraduate and you're in your first term, the peer mentor programme can provide you with support and guidance from a current student.

We are no longer accepting peer mentoring applications. Our next round of recruitment will begin January 2025.

You can receive 1 to 1 contact with a current student during your first term here, through our peer mentoring programme.

The programme runs from the start of the academic year in September and runs until January.

Request a peer mentor

How the mentor can help you

A peer mentor is a current student at the university, usually within their second or third year.

They can help by:

  • offering advice based on their experiences
  • introducing you to relevant university services
  • informing you of societies and events
  • recommending you local facilities and attractions.

Mentors cannot provide academic or mental health support but will put you in touch with services that can. For academic peer support, see our PASS programme.

They also cannot do certain activities with you but this will be explained during your first meeting.

How to request a mentor

Complete the form

You will need to complete a form to request a peer mentor. You can request a mentor until Tuesday 31 October.

Where possible, we aim to match new students to mentors studying a similar subject to them. However, you may choose to be matched based on a protected characteristic, such as:

  • LGBTQ+ identity
  • faith, ethnic or cultural background
  • care leaver or estranged student status
  • mature student status.

After you submit the form

Once you have requested a peer mentor, you will receive an introductory email from them before starting your course.

You can decide with your mentor how you wish to be contacted. You will hear from your mentor every 1 to 2 weeks. 

Conversations with your mentor will remain private. Confidentiality will only be broken in line with our safeguarding policy.

Before closing your mentoring relationship in January, your mentor will give you the chance to ask any final questions.

If your mentor does not contact you

If you do not receive an email from your peer mentor within 3 weeks of submitting your request form, check your junk or spam folder.

If you still have not received an email, contact us at student-peer-support@bristol.ac.uk

Questions

If you have any questions about peer mentoring, email us at student-peer-support@bristol.ac.uk

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