What better way to learn about university life than to ask a peer mentor, a current student who can give you the benefit of their first-hand experience and help welcome you into our Christ Church community.

You may request a pre-arrival peer mentor as soon as you have accepted an offer to study with Christ Church.

How can student peer mentors support you?

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

They can support new students before they arrive via email and once you start would be happy to meet up, show you around campus and just have a chat to see how you are getting on.

Finding the right peer mentor for you

When you apply, you provide basic details about yourself and we use this to match you with a peer mentor.

We try to match you with a mentor who is doing the same or similar course to you or who shares the same interests.

We have a diverse pool of peer mentors for you to connect with at CCCU, from various backgrounds and differing experiences. Students from the BAME and LGBTQ+ communities, those with mental health experiences, learning differences, and other disabilities, to those living on or near the campuses, commuting, mature students, parents, or carers, and much more; each has their own unique experience and insight to share.

The mentoring relationship is flexible and will work around what works for both you and your mentor.

Once you arrive you can also request a peer-assisted learning leader.  These 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 and learn together. 

When I started at Christ Church I got a great mentor who gave me lots of support - introducing me to the University, the Library, and all the resources. In fact, she inspired me so much I became a peer mentor myself!

Adewumi,Mental Health Nursing Student

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