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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. If you are a first year undergraduate you will be assigned a student mentor from your School.

Mentors can help with academic and non-academic queries or concerns you have, including:

  • helping you settle into student life and orientate the university and city
  • opportunities to meet other students from your course
  • referencing, note taking and what to expect from the course
  • Students’ Union activities, clubs and societies to get involved in
  • using turn-it-in and Learning Central and helping prepare for exams

Mentors offer support, including:

  • insider tips on surviving the first year at university and student life specific to your School
  • ideas on the different opportunities you can get involved in around campus
  • giving relevant, recent and reliable advice that they have been trained to provide
  • answering the questions you really want to ask
  • advice on accessing specialist support services.

Currently 22 Schools offer a student mentor scheme.

"I’m Alice and I’m a Second Year student mentor. My mentor last year was such a useful resource and helped me settle in and learn all the little things about Cardiff that make the experience even better. I’ve found being a mentor so rewarding and a great chance to relearn some key skills such as budgeting and referencing! I can’t recommend the programme enough - it’s a great way to get more involved in the department."

Alice, Social Sciences student 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 student 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 nearly 500 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.

Evidence of a student mentor’s voluntary work will appear on their Higher Education Achievement Record (HEAR) and can also count towards the University’s employability award, the Cardiff Award.

Previous student mentors have claimed that being part of the scheme has enhanced skills such as:

  • communication
  • organisational
  • time management
  • leadership
  • confidence