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.
- 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.