If you’re looking for someone who can help you settle in, make friends, get you involved in other activities, improve your academic skills, 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 and help build support networks so you 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 -each has their own unique experience and insight to share.

The benefits of having a peer mentor

By sharing their knowledge you are benefiting from the peer mentors lived experience, which can help 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 and prepare for assessments.
  • Signposting to resources and services.
  • Identifying goals and establishing a sense of direction for your future.
  • Building confidence, meeting new people and feeling part of the wider community

Types of peer mentors

  • Pastoral - to provide general support and signposting.
  • Course - to provide subject specific academic support.
  • The Believe, Achieve, Mentor and Empower (BAME) Programme - to provide support for students that identify as Black, Asian, Mixed Heritage or Minority Ethnic. (Please note you can request this from January 2022)

See below for details. 

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.

Course peer mentors provide subject specific, online or face to face facilitated, peer assisted study sessions to help enhance your understanding of your course. They don’t teach, lecture or give out the answers. Instead, they’re trained in how to structure and lead flexible sessions, so everyone can participate. They’re supported by their academic contact (an academic member of staff from their course).

How can a course peer mentor help you?

Through facilitated peer assisted study sessions, they can:

  • Encourage you to ask questions in a safe and confidential space.
  • Help you develop skills in problem-solving, studying, exam techniques and preparation of coursework, assignments and presentations.

Use their knowledge and experience of the course to help you succeed.

The Believe, Achieve, Mentor and Empower (BAME) Programme has been uniquely designed for students that identify as Black, Asian, Mixed Heritage or Minority Ethnic. The programme aims to improve the experience of Black, Asian and Mixed Heritage and Minority Ethnic students, enhance learning, celebrate success and support collaboration.

The Believe, Achieve, Mentor and Empower programme will support students from a range of different cultural backgrounds to create a sense of community and mutual understanding.

  • Under the Believe, Achieve, Mentor and Empower programme, where possible students will be matched up with mentors from similar cultural backgrounds. 
  • 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.

Please note you can request this from January 2022

How to request a peer mentor?

To request a peer mentor complete this online  form

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.

If you have any questions please email peermentoring@canterbury.ac.uk.

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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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