Student leadership

Gain support in becoming an accredited mentor for your peers.

Peer Mentoring Scheme ‘learning together’

All students from the School of Education and the School of Humanities, including those from the Joint Honours Programme, can access peer mentoring support. The Peer Mentoring Scheme aims to establish relationships where more experienced students provide support to their peers in key areas such as:

  • social and pastoral support
  • development of study and professional skills
  • management of own learning

According to feedback collected in previous years, the mentoring scheme has helped mentees to feel more confident and motivated as well as to improve their learning experience. Mentors have also said that by offering support to their peers they were able to develop a set of valued skills which will certainly assist them in their future career.

Information for Mentees

The mentoring scheme can provide you with a valuable source of support from someone who is a few steps ahead in their university journey. Peer mentors understand what it is to study at university and can help and support new students as they settle into university. They can help peers to achieve their goals and can provide guidance to existing students who may be facing difficulties.

What can I expect my peer mentor to be like?

Our peer mentors work hard to be…

  • Enthusiastic
  • Friendly
  • Reliable
  • Responsible
  • Good communicators
  • Empathetic listeners
  • Informative
  • A good role model.

Benefits of Being a Mentee

  • Gain practical guidance, encouragement and support
  • Learn from the experiences of others
  • Increase your social and academic confidence
  • Become more empowered to make decisions
  • Develop your communication, study and personal skills
  • Develop strategies for dealing with academic issues such as: writing of assignments, revision techniques, preparation for exams, etc.
  • Identify goals and establish a sense of direction
  • Make new friends across year groups
  • Many peer mentees volunteer to become peer mentors during their second and final years.

Information for Peer Mentors

As a second or third/final year student the peer mentoring scheme provides you with a great opportunity to act as a positive role model. You can offer invaluable assistance to your peers by building a trusting relationship and supplement other support available.

The scheme is very flexible and fits around your availability. By committing a small amount of time every week, you can get ahead and make the most of your experience at Herts while developing a variety of valuable transferable employability skills such as cooperation with others, leadership potential, effective communication and team work.

What do Peer Mentors do?

In general terms Peer Mentors are asked to:

  • Attend the available training sessions to prepare them for the role.
  • Offer continual support to new students into the first year of their studies.
  • Offer pastoral and study skills support as appropriate.
  • Refer peer mentees with particular issues to an appropriate professional.
  • Share experiences and insights
  • Offer advice with general study issues such as using the library and accessing the computers
  • Represent the University in a positive manner.

Benefits of being a Mentor

  • Improve communication and personal skills
  • Develop leadership and management qualities
  • Reinforce your own study skills and knowledge of your subject
  • Engage in a volunteering opportunity, valued by employers
  • Enhance your CV
  • Taking on an active role in your school's community
  • Increase your circle of friends
  • Gain recognition for your skills and experience
  • Benefit from a sense of fulfilment and personal growth
  • Receive a certificate and a personal reference at the end of the academic year.

Apply

To apply to become a peer mentor or to receive support from one please complete the application form and email it to...

For further information on our mentoring scheme please contact Gra├ža Martins, the Peer Mentoring Coordinator, on +44 (0)1707 285714 or email her at g.m.martins@herts.ac.uk.

Contact the School of Education for more information on the Peer Mentoring Scheme.