Faculty peer mentor scheme

Our peer mentorship 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.

In the lead-up to beginning your PhD, we hope you'll be excited and looking forward to joining us in Sheffield. However, it's normal to feel unsure about what to expect over the first few months.

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


A postgraduate research mentor:

  • Will ensure that your start as a postgraduate student at the University is a great one
  • 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
  • Is likely to be studying in the same Department as you

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


How to apply

All you need to do is to complete the mentee application form, and return it to the Faculty Graduate School (mdhgraduateschool@sheffield.ac.uk). We will use the information you provide on the form to assign a mentor to you. Your mentor has agreed to act a point of contact, should you have any queries before and after your arrival in Sheffield. It’s simple to do and won’t take long, but it could make the biggest difference to your start to life as a postgraduate research student at the University of Sheffield. We look forward to seeing you.

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