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Peer Mentoring @ Cumbria

Peer Mentoring helps bring together students from different year groups and courses to form supportive peer-to-peer mentoring relationships.

University provides plenty of opportunities for personal and academic growth and this can be demanding and challenging at times. Our trained Peer Mentors are here to support you so that you can gain the most from your time at University.

Peer Mentors can offer support with various aspect of your University experience from making friends and settling in, to helping you understand the expectations of academic study and dealing with assessment worries.

Peer Mentors can:

  • Help you make friends and get involved in social activities.
  • Offer support as you adjust and adapt to University life.
  • Provide a non-judgmental listening ear.
  • Help increase your confidence.
  • Relieve anxieties surround assessments and exams.
  • Signpost you to specialist support services.
  • Help you to develop learning and coping strategies.

Requesting a Mentor

Peer Mentors are available to all students at Cumbria, no matter what your year of study or course you are on.

To request a mentor simply complete our online request form above.

If you have any further questions on accessing a Mentor, please contact us on peermentoring@cumbria.ac.uk

  • How can peer mentoring help me?

    Peer Mentoring helps you transition in to University by becoming part of a supportive network.

    Peer Mentoring can benefit all involved, with mentors sharing their own experience and mentees learning from students who have already been through the first year(s) of University life.

    We have detailed some of the benefits, and included some recent participant feedback, on the Peer Mentoring Benefits page.

  • Learning mentors

    Learning Mentors

    Learning Mentors are trained to facilitate sessions that support your development of learning strategies and participation in collaborative discussions with your peers and tutors. Learning Mentoring focuses on encouraging independent learning and signposting students to specialist support areas.

    Mentors can:

    • Facilitate sessions that are open, safe and friendly.
    • Help you to understand course direction and academic expectations.
    • Support you to develop effective learning strategies.
    • Offer advice & guidance based on their own experience.
    • Promote University support services.

    Learning Mentors provide support in group sessions (Learning Mentors - Group) and on a one-to-one basis (Learning Mentors - 1 to 1).

    For more information, see Learning Mentors - Group, or request a mentor via the button at the top of this page.

  • Life mentors

    Life Mentors

    Life Mentors are trained to help to ease your transition into University life. They can offer you an insight into the life at University, help you to make friends, access social activities and provide useful hints and tips on how to make the most of your University experience.

    Mentors can:

    • Facilitate meetings that are open, safe and friendly.
    • Respond to your questions on settling in, making friends and help you to familiarise yourself with the University environment.
    • Help you to engage with University and UCSU groups.
    • Offer advice & guidance based on their own experience.
    • Promote University support services.

    For more information, see Life Mentors, or request a mentor via the button at the top of this page.

  • Wellbeing mentors

    Wellbeing Mentors

    Wellbeing Mentors are trained to offer support on a 1-to-1 basis. They can help you to overcome low levels of motivation and morale, provide a non-judgmental ‘ear’ to those in need and offer advice on dealing with assessment worries. They are also able to signpost you to specialist support services across the University. Wellbeing Mentors are supported and trained by the University of Cumbria Counselling Team.

    Mentors can:

    • Facilitate sessions that are open, safe and friendly.
    • Support you to develop effective coping strategies.
    • Help you to engage with University and UCSU groups.
    • Offer advice & guidance based on their own experience.
    • Promote University support services.

    Request a mentor via the button at the top of this page.

    Having a crisis?

    If you need urgent support for a mental health, emotional or wellbeing issue, please see the Mental Health and Wellbeing pages to access the service.

  • Request a mentor

    Request a Mentor

    Peer Mentors are available to all students at the University of Cumbria, no matter what your year of study or course you are on.

    To request a mentor simply complete our online request form below.

    If you wish to know more or have any additional questions, please get in touch. You can contact us on peermentoring@cumbria.ac.uk.

  • Become a mentor

    Becoming a Mentor

    Peer Mentoring provides valuable support for students at crucial points in their studies and offers a host of other benefits for mentee. However, mentoring also offers a number of benefits to the Mentor. It can help you to develop a range of transferable skills that can help you throughout University and beyond. 

    Our current mentors have told us that it has helped them to develop

    • Leadership skills
    • Their ability to work as part of a team
    • Project Management skills
    • Organisational skills
    • Communication skills
    • Their understanding of the support resources available.

    It can also help you to

    • Enhance your CV
    • Reinforce your own skills and subject knowledge
    • Gain recognition for your voluntary experience
    • Increase your own confidence and motivation

    Apply to become a Mentor

    If you are interested in becoming a Mentor then please complete the online form below:

     

    If you have any further questions on becoming a Mentor, please contact us on peermentor@cumbria.ac.uk.


    Did you know?

    You can use your mentoring experience to contribute to completion of the University’s employability award Career Ahead