Student mentoring brings together students to share their knowledge and experience in order to help each other progress. We provide training and a structure for more experienced students to help those new to the University. This is primarily achieved through study groups and small group mentoring, although options are also available for 1:1 mentoring. Options are also available to support students who wish to assist each other virtually for when they are based at another campus.
Benefits of mentoring:
- Develop skills that are useful for study and future employment (mentoring is highly valued by employers)
- Increase leadership and communication skills
- A greater sense of belonging within the University
- Receiving lots of information and advice
- Develop faster as a student
New mentors wanted!
We are currently looking for new mentors. If you are an existing student and would like to join the network in time for the next academic year, contact Student Engagement or see the section on Become a mentor.
Q. How does student mentoring work?
A. Mentoring provides a way for new students (including postgraduate taught and research students) to link up with more experienced students. Students benefit from being able to gain the support of other students who will have valuable insights into studying at higher education level through sharing their knowledge and experience.
Q. Who can become a mentor?
A. Any undergraduate student may take part in mentor training. Experienced postgraduate taught and research students are also encouraged to become mentors to new postgraduate students. Applicants should be interested in helping other students, be enthusiastic about their studies and keen to help others. It is not necessary to be the most able academically but applicants should be competent in their studies in other to help others. Students of all ages and backgrounds are encouraged to apply as new students will associate best with someone they feel comes from the same background. Initially the mentor network will be open to students from selected degrees and academic partners, please check with us to see if your own is included.
Q. What does mentoring involve?
A. Students who mentor can choose to set up a study group, or mentor a small group of students. Most mentors will meet students who wish to be mentored online, at induction events, or on campus. It is up to you how many students you mentor, but we suggest no more than four. As a mentor you may be the first person with whom a new students raises an issue but you will not be expected to solve difficult problems and will be fully trained in how to refer students with problems to appropriate support services
Q. What are the benefits of becoming a mentor?
A. Mentoring is a recognised and increasingly valued in business. It is a valuable addition to your experience and skills. As a mentor you will also gain the satisfaction of helping other students and become part of a recognised UHI service. Becoming a mentor is also a valuable addition to your CV, demonstrating people, organisational and leadership skills etc. The confidence and ability to mentor and inspire others is a skill that you will be able to continue using throughout your life.
Q. How do I become a mentor?
A. Complete the online application form. We will be in touch to arrange a short telephone interview. You will be able to take part in a training session and have the use of online training materials before you take up the role. The mentor co-ordinator is also available at any time to assist with issues you may encounter.
Q. Where can I find out more?
A. Please contact the mentor co-ordinator to find out more about the role. We are happy to talk to you about the role without obligation.
New mentors wanted
If you are interested in becoming a student mentor, use this application form and we will get back to you as soon as possible.
General enquiries are welcome. If you would an informal chat about mentoring please contact Student Engagement in the first instance. You may also apply by email, supplying the information requested on the form.
We value the feedback of students on your experiences of the mentor network. Please let us know your thoughts on your own experience of the network, or if you have any suggestions for its improvement.
You may also use this form if you would like to make a complaint about the network.
All feedback will be treated as confidential and handled by the Mentor Co-ordinator. Thank you.
What is career mentoring?
The Alumni Career Mentor Network matches current UHI students (undergraduate and postgraduate level) with graduates (alumni) who have volunteered to share their experiences of employment, further study and gap years. Being able to speak to a former student who has successfully moved into their chosen career is an opportunity to find out how they achieved what you may be aiming for. You can ask a mentor about:
- A specific career or sector you are interested in
- General insights into careers and how to prepare for life after university while you are still a student
- Inspiration about what you could do with your qualification after you graduate if you are still unsure