Transition to life at university is a very exciting one, but it can also be challenging and demanding at times. Our peer to peer support programme, Students 4 Students (S4S), will help you settle into university life with advice and support from your fellow students.
Our S4S Mentors are current undergraduate students, trained for their role they are keen to share their experience and knowledge of university life, and help you find out about the range of opportunities and services available to you.
I felt that I was helped by my mentor in 1st year so it has been rewarding to give that support to new students – Georgia, 4th year
Whatever your background or journey to university we want to help you make the most of your first year at university and enjoy your time here.
APPLY TO BE AN S4S MENTOR HERE.
If you want to know more about the programme have a look through the information below. If you still have any questions please email us at: email@example.com.
- What is an S4S mentor and how can they support me?
The S4S mentor is a welcoming fellow Undergraduate student in their 2nd – 4th year. They are here to meet, show you around, listen and share their experience and knowledge – all to help you settle into University life!
Your mentor will understand the feelings, challenges, and practicalities of being a new student.
Please note the S4S mentor is not a counsellor or tutor and cannot help with assessments or provide academic support. The mentor can however point you in the right direction of appropriate University support services and will know where to go or who to ask to help you find the information you need.
Some ways your mentor can support you:
- Help you settle in during your first year by meeting other students, become involved in campus life and develop your own support networks
- Be a friendly face to help you get to know campus, and where to find what
- Be someone to talk to, either by email and/or to meet and chat from time to time, in a group or on your own (as appropriate)
- Advice on University processes and procedures e.g. exam time
- Give tips on tools to manage both your academic and social life
- Listen to any worries you may have, e.g. homesickness, loneliness, how to make friends and give their best advice based on their own experience
- Answer your questions as best they can, or signpost you to the most appropriate support services as needed
- Who can take part?
Any 2nd, 3rd or 4th year (at the time of mentoring) undergraduate student can apply to be a mentor.
Applicants should be interested in helping new students, be enthusiastic and encouraging and available to offer advice and support.
We are continuously working towards creating a more inclusive environment which celebrates the diversity of our students. We encourage students of all ages and backgrounds to apply to become S4S mentors.
Any new undergraduate student can sign up to be matched with an S4S mentor, regardless if you are a new level 1 student or articulating from college into level 2 or 3.
- Benefits of signing up to the programme
Benefits for mentors
- Opportunity to develop rewarding and valuable skills such as social confidence, responsibility, listening and communication skills
- Training to enable you to undertake your role confidently
- Access to the TEAMs site to network with other mentors and receive regular updates and support from the S4S team
- Access to additional training helping you develop useful skills that will look great on your CV and enhance your employability (mentoring is highly valued by employers!)
- Increases your sense of belonging in the University community by taking active part
- Apply for STAR award recognition
- Improves your own wellbeing – supporting others helps your own mental health
- You will be part of a mentor community that keep in touch regularly through the year
- You can make a positive difference to someone’s entry into University life!
Benefits for mentees
- You get support from a fellow student who have recently been where you are now
- You gain social confidence and a sense of belonging in the University community
- You get to make new friends and become aware of all the opportunities available for you at the University (from societies to support services)
- You have a personal contact for tips and all the questions you are not sure who to ask
- You will be better set to develop strategies for dealing with life at the University
- PGT/PGR Peer support
We are currently exploring the opportunities for PGT and PGR peer support.
In the meantime please check out:
You can also contact your school to explore opportunities for mentorships. Find school contact information HERE.
- Other University Peer support & Mentoring schemes
The School of Psychology
Your School may have a Peer Assisted Learning Scheme, so do ask
- Liberation Forums
There are 5 liberation forums on campus, the Black, Asian, and Minority Ethnic Forum, The Disabled Students' Forum, The LGBTQ+ Forum, The Trans Forum, and the Women and Non-Binary Forum.
These forums champion the needs and interests of the students that belong to them, campaign for change on campus, and offer support.
- Useful contacts
If you have any questions related to the S4S programme please email the admin team at: firstname.lastname@example.org with “S4S” in the subject line.
Each School within the University 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 Louise Ross
- Email - email@example.com
- Phone - 01224 272260
S4S Coordinator - Dr Nicola Naughton
- Email - firstname.lastname@example.org
- Phone - 01224 272774
School of Divinity, History and Philosophy
S4S Coordinator - Dr Alastair Macdonald
- Email - email@example.com
- Phone - 01224 273927
School of Engineering
S4S Coordinator - Dr Henry Tan
- Email - firstname.lastname@example.org
- Phone - 01224 272684
School of Geosciences
S4S Coordinator - Dr Quan Gan
- Email - email@example.com
- Phone - 01224 273630
School of Language, Literature, Music and Visual Culture
S4S Coordinator - Dr Syrithe Pugh
- Email - firstname.lastname@example.org
- Phone - 01224 272623
School of Law
S4S Coordinator - Dr Catherine Ng
- Email - email@example.com
- Phone - 01224 273897
School of Medicine, Medical Sciences and Nutrition
S4S Coordinator - Dr Pietro Marini
School of Natural and Computing Sciences
S4S Coordinator - Dr M. Carmen Romano
- Email - firstname.lastname@example.org
- Phone - 01224 272507
School of Psychology
S4S Coordinator - Dr Rachel Swainson
- Email - email@example.com
- Phone - 01224 273918
School of Social Science
S4S Coordinator - Dr Robert Wishart
- Email - firstname.lastname@example.org
- Phone - 01224 273408
We encourage our students to give feedback on the programme. If you have identified opportunities for change and/or development in the programme, please provide feedback in THIS FORM.
We are always open for creative ideas and suggestions on how to best support our student community!
Peer mentoring is one of the many support services available to you. Find out about our other student support services.