Peer mentoring: 450 students to provide support to September freshers

Posted by rmt22 at Sep 20, 2016 04:27 PM |
The peer mentoring scheme, which launched in March 2016, helps new students to settle in to life at the University of Leicester, by providing peer to peer support.

All first year undergraduates starting in September 2016 are assigned a second or third year undergraduate student, usually in their main department. The mentoring scheme provides a friendly point of contact for all new students joining the university.

The mentors are purely pastoral, not academic, answering questions about student life and listening to their mentees when they encounter a problem. They have been trained in how to guide their mentees to the best support service when needed.


  • All departments (except law, maths, medicine, physics and psychology) are taking part in the scheme.
  • Students are matched based on home department and interests in common.
  • One mentor to five mentees ratio.
  • 726 students registered interest.
  • 450 students signed up as mentors.
  • 268 have completed training in person.
  • 182 have completed training online.

Mentor quotes from training

“I liked the group I was working with. It was a pleasant and chilled session with no tension.” Tharsika Ranjan, BA Financial Economics

“Engaging – enjoyed all of the activities and learnt about Leicester myself!” Gabby Schiavi, BA History

“I really enjoyed meeting new people and doing something different.” Lizzie Jackson, BA English and History

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