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Peer Mentoring @ Cumbria

Peer Mentoring helps the transition in to University. Peer Mentoring can benefit all involved; we have detailed some of the benefits below and have included some participant feedback.

Benefits to participants

  • Peer Mentoring helps students settle into university life and study quickly and effectively
  • It facilitates learning though guidance from higher year students who can appreciate issues faced by new students
  • It is a safe place to test learning and to say ‘I don’t get it’
  • It contributes to the development of communication, teamwork, collaborative and problem-solving skills
  • It offers the benefits of making new friends in a small group environment and across year groups
  • Importantly, it is informal, friendly and hopefully fun as well

Benefits to Peer Mentors

Peer Mentors told us that…

"I have never been in a situation where we have been given such autonomy and leadership responsibility."

"The Peer Mentoring scheme at the university has helped me realise that I want to pursue a career in learning support. The enjoyment I get from helping students maximise their learning potential during university has made me want to continue to help others in a working environment."

Our Peer Mentors have said they've seen an increase in their:

  • Leadership skills
  • Ability to work as part of a team
  • Project Management skills
  • Organisational skills
  • Communication skills
  • Understanding of the support resources available

Academic tutors told us that…

"The scheme works well and our students found it supportive. It has worked well overall and I will continue to implement it."

"I think the PASS scheme works really well in our department, in semester 1 in particular. Personally, I think it’s great!"

Want to know more?

Visit the main Peer Mentoring page to register your interest in being a mentor or mentee. Or contact us at peermentor@cumbria.ac.uk.