Transition to life at university is a very exciting one, but it can also be challenging and demanding at times. Whatever background you arrive from, we want you to make the most of your first year at university and enjoy your time here.

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Students 4 Students (S4S) is here to help you settle into University life with advice and support from your fellow students who have been there and got the t-shirt.

Our S4S Mentors are all fully trained, and are current undergraduate students who are studying in the same School as you and, if possible, on the same degree programme.

How Does S4S Work?

As a new first year student at the University you will be assigned a S4S Mentor.  Your S4S Mentor is there to offer advice and support on University life from the perspective of a fellow student, alongside the assistance you get from your Personal Tutor.  The S4S Scheme will last for your entire first year – it depends on you, although we would expect you to have the most contact during the first semester.

Your S4S Mentor will allow you to:

  • Gain practical advice, encouragement and support
  • Learn from the experiences of others within your area of study
  • Increase your social and academic confidence
  • Make new friends across year groups
  • Develop strategies for dealing with life at university

If you have any questions or would like more information email Students 4 Students.

Applications to become a mentor next year are now open. You can find the application form here.

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What is a Mentor?

All mentors are current students at the University of Aberdeen who have been through starting university for the first time. All first year undergraduate students are allocated a mentor when they start university and a brief description is provided below of the role that they provide.

A mentor will:

  • help you settle in and support you during your first year at the University of Aberdeen;
  • provide support in getting to know the campus and University processes and procedures;
  • answer any questions your have or direct you to the most appropriate source of advice;
  • be available to meet with you and the rest of their mentees from time to time, either as a group or on your own (as appropriate);
  • keep in touch with you every couple of weeks throughout the year either by email or in person (by arrangement);
  • ensure that you understand and are aware of University procedures at key times of the year (e.g. exam time);
  • encourage you to make the most of opportunities to meet with the other mentees, become involved in campus life and develop your own support networks;
  • be aware of the support and advice available from the University, Students' Association and elsewhere;
  • maintain confidentially. 

A mentor:

  • can advise where you should go with coursework issues, but is not a tutor and cannot help with assessments or provide academic support;
  • can point you in the right direction of appropriate University support services, but is not a counsellor;
  • is not expected to know everything, but will know where to go or who to ask to find out the information.
Apply to be a Mentor

If you would like to apply to become a mentor then please have a read over the role description below and, if interested, please complete the application form here.

Please note, however, that your application may not be accepted right away but we will keep your details on file if you would like to be a mentor for the following academic year. If you have any further questions regarding becoming a mentor then please direct your enquires to the S4S coordinator for your school or e-mail infohub@abdn.ac.uk.

Role description

To help new students settle in, and to offer them support during their first year of study at the University of Aberdeen

More specifically

  • Work with a group of new students (no more than 4-6 new students);
  • Answer questions or direct new students to the most appropriate source of advice;
  • Provide support in getting to know the campus and University of Aberdeen processes and procedures;
  • Be available to meet with new students from time to time, in a group or individual setting (as appropriate);
  • Recognise when a student may be in need of further support and act accordingly;
  • Understand when to refer a new student to other professional services when issues are raised which are beyond the scope of the peer mentor;
  • Encourage new students to make the most of opportunities to meet one another, become involved in campus life and develop their own support networks;
  • Maintain contact with their new students during the first year of their arrival (although it is expected that most contact will be in the first semester);
  • Be aware of the support and advice available from the University, Students’ Association and elsewhere;
  • Undertake Mentor training prior to the commencement of the academic year;
  • Maintain confidentially where appropriate.

Time Commitment 

  • Initiate email contact with new students in early September each year;
  • Hold a minimum of one group meeting with their new students during Welcome Week, and the first 3 weeks of term; additional  group meetings and/or meetings with individuals to be arranged as felt appropriate by the group;
  • Thereafter keep in touch with new students fortnightly by email or in person (by arrangement) throughout the year , ensuring that new students understand and are aware of University procedures at key times of the year (e.g. exam diets);
  • Provide feedback on the S4S scheme by completing evaluation materials and/or attending an evaluation meeting.

Qualities required 

  • be friendly and approachable, with a genuine enthusiasm to support new students;
  • have a demonstrable understanding of the types of difficulties new students can have;
  • be good communicators, particularly adept at listening to students, facilitating discussion between them and encouraging them to ask questions;
  • be responsive to the needs of others, and sensitive to a range of personalities and cultures;
  • have a good knowledge of School and University policies, procedures and services;
  • be positive, reliable and patient.
S4S School Coordinators

Each School within the Uuniversity has its own academic member of staff who has taken on the role of S4S Coordinator for their particular School. Below is a list of all of the School Coordinators:

School of Biological Sciences

S4S Coordinator - Dr Yit The

Business School

S4S Coordinator - Dr Nicola Naughton

School of Divinity, History and Philosophy

S4S Coordinator - Dr Luca Moretti

School of Engineering

S4S Coordinator - Dr Peter Hicks

School of Geosciences

S4S Coordinator - Dr Quan Gan 

School of Language, Literature, Music and Visual Culture

S4S Coordinator - Dr Syrithe Pugh

School of Law

S4S Coordinator - Mr Derek Auchie

School of Medical Sciences

S4S Coordinator - Dr John Barrow

School of Natural and Computing Sciences

S4S Coordinator - Dr M. Carmen Romano

School of Psychology

S4S Coordinator - Dr Dannette Marie

School of Social Sciences

S4S Coordinator - Dr Arnar Arnason