Student Mentor Scheme

Many students coming to university will go through a transitional period.  They have to adapt to new ways of learning and teaching, as well as living away from home, often for the first time.

The Student Mentor Scheme helps new students with this transition. We match first year students (mentees) to current undergraduate students from the same School and they meet on a regular basis to discuss a wide range of issues such as:

  • new ways of studying
  • settling into accommodation
  • budgeting
  • module choices
  • assignments, essays and exams
  • finding housing for your second year.

First year students can ask questions which are not covered in the course handbook and will get reliable and relevant advice from their peers. They also get to know other people on their course a lot better.

The following Schools are currently part of the mentor scheme:

  • Business
  • Computer Science and Informatics
  • Dentistry
  • Earth and Ocean Sciences
  • Engineering
  • English, Communication and Philosophy
  • History, Archaeology and Religion
  • Mathematics
  • Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences
  • Physics and Astronomy
  • Social Sciences

This scheme is very enjoyable and encourages students to interact across all the year groups. I want first year students to enjoy their time here and this allows me to help with this. Coming to uni can be daunting, this scheme helps prepare first years and makes life a little easier.

Sonam, Dentistry student and mentor

The benefits of being a mentor

Students who choose to become a mentor in their second or third year develop important employability skills.

All of our mentors receive full training, are supported throughout their work and are rewarded with a Cardiff University Certificate at the end of the year. We have an active mentor community with more than 300 students participating in the scheme.

In a competitive job market graduates need to be able to demonstrate transferable skills. This is a wonderful opportunity to develop, enhance and evidence those skills.

Previous mentors have claimed that acting as a mentor has honed skills such as:

  • communication
  • supervisory
  • organisational
  • time management
  • leadership.

They also said that being a mentor increased their confidence.