What is it?
Peer mentoring involves students working with other students in order to support their learning and to help
improve academic achievement.
A mentor doesn't necessarily need to be academically brilliant, but must be willing to share the benefits of their
experience of university life in an empathic, inclusive and respectful way.
Many of the courses and programmes of study at DMU have bespoke peer mentoring or buddying schemes.
Students are usually introduced to the scheme in the first year of their studies. We encourage students to talk to
their personal tutor or lecturers to find out what opportunities are available to be either a mentor or a mentee.
If a scheme does not already exist, students can create one for their course!
Who is it for?
Students who would like help or advice from another student with more experience can sign up to become a mentee.
Students who want to help other students with less experience than they have can sign up to become a mentor.
How it works?
Programme and course leaders work with the Centre for Leaning and Study Support in the library to coordinate
peer mentoring. Students interested in becoming mentors, attend a training session, which provides an introduction
to what mentoring is and the role of the mentor.
The student mentors are then matched with a mentee and they can work together or as part of a wider group to
formulate a meaningful mentoring relationship.
What students say?
‘It feels a relief to know there is someone to help you, who’s done what you are doing.’
‘I wanted to become more involved in University life, I thought it was a great idea and it would have been helpful to me in my first year if I had had the chance of a mentor.’
If you have any questions or need any additional information please email Jason Eyre, firstname.lastname@example.org
or check out the website https://libguides.library.dmu.ac.uk/class/mentoring