If you’re looking for someone who can help you settle in, make friends, get you involved in other activities, improve your academic skills, share hints and tips on how to prepare for assessments or be your study buddy, then connecting with a student peer mentor might be for you.

Our student peer mentors are first, second, third year and postgraduate students, trained to provide a safe and confidential space for you to talk freely and ask questions. They can provide reassurance and guidance to help you succeed in your studies, build support networks and feel connected to the wider University community.

We’ve a diverse pool of peer mentors for you to connect with, from various backgrounds and differing experiences. Experiences of mental health, learning differences and other disabilities, living on or near the campuses, commuting, being mature, parents or carers and much more. Each has their own unique experience and insight to share.

By sharing their knowledge and experience, peer mentors can improve your academic success and graduate attributes by:

  • Developing your skills including listening, communication, time management, organisation, critical thinking and presentation/public speaking.
  • Providing strategies to achieve a healthy study/life balance.
  • Holding study sessions to help you consolidate your understanding of the course.
  • Signposting to resources and services.
  • Identifying goals and establishing a sense of direction for your future.
  • Building confidence.

There are two types of mentors to support you: pastoral mentors and peer assisted learning leaders.

To request a Peer Mentor, please email peermentoring@canterbury.ac.uk.

Please ensure you mention any specific request or needs that you may have, whether that be academically or personally, so that we are able to fit you with the best suited Peer Mentor as possible.

Pastoral mentors provide both online or face-to-face guidance and navigation to students who’ve already started their studies. You can request a pastoral mentor at any point during your studies.

  • You’ll be matched according to your choices, or as near as possible.
  • The mentoring relationship is flexible so that it fits around you, your studies and other commitments.
  • A student mentor can choose the amount of time they devote to mentoring and how many mentees they can manage.
  • Both participants can change their mentor or mentee at any point.

How the mentoring relationship will work is for both participants to agree and decide. This will form the contract/boundaries for the mentoring relationship.

Interested in becoming a peer mentor?

Share your knowledge and experience to help guide other students through university life by becoming a peer mentor.

As a student peer mentor, you’ll be trained to provide reassurance, guidance and navigation to other students, by giving them a safe and confidential space to talk freely and ask questions. Find out more here

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