Peer mentor scheme

The University’s PGR Peer Mentor scheme is designed to help new postgraduate research students settle into their new degree by matching them with a current student in a later year of their PhD.


If you feel you could benefit from helpful tips from somebody who has already been in your situation, our postgraduate research student mentorship scheme is for you. You'll be matched with a current student in a later year of their PhD - and likely in the same department - who can answer your questions and offer you advice throughout your first year.

It was really nice to see a friendly face around the lab and know you have someone impartial to talk to if you have any issues. I've also found it good to have someone to ask the questions to that I'm scared of asking my supervisor in case I seem stupid!

PhD student

What do mentors do?

A postgraduate mentor

  • is a current student who not so long ago was in the same position as yourself
  • knows what it’s like to live in Sheffield and settle into a new environment
  • will know what is to be expected of you in your first year

Having a mentor was really helpful. I had felt quite isolated at the start of my PhD but having someone to talk to really made me feel part of something.

PhD student

Once you have registered as a PGR student with us, you will be able to fill in the form below to request a peer mentor.

Request a mentor 

If you have any questions on the scheme, contact for further information.

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