This page provides information and tips for current and prospective Student Mentors and how to apply.
Your role as a mentor
If you are a second or third year undergraduate student you can volunteer to become a Student Mentor. You will be matched with a maximum of four first year students from your department.
As a Student Mentor, you are expected to:
- contact your mentees before they arrive
- be available to meet with mentees
- maintain contact with your mentees
- be aware of the limits of confidentiality
- provide mentees with bespoke advice and support
- be willing to answer questions or direct mentees to the most appropriate source of advice
- seek advice from departmental contracts or the mentoring scheme co-ordinator where necessary
Mentors are not counsellors, social workers, financial advisers or academic tutors. You are not expected to answer everything, but you are expected to understand the main University support services and their functions so you can direct your mentee to the most appropriate source of advice.
The main support services are outlined on the page below:
Benefits and rewards
As a mentor you will gain new skills to support you through your learning and development and enhance your employability prospects.
You will receive a certificate highlighting the training you complete.
Your contribution to Sheffield Mentors will be accredited on your Higher Education Achievement Report.
We also offer an award to a number of outstanding mentors who are nominated by their mentees.
How to apply
Applications for the 2021/2022 academic year are now open.
To apply, please log in with your University computer details and complete the application form below before Tuesday 4th May.
We have a limited number of places for each department so please ensure you complete the form to the best of your ability.
You will be notified on the outcome of your application at least one week prior to training.
Please contact us on the email below for any further questions.
Tips for new mentors
If your application to be a Student Mentor has been successful, you will be informed who your mentee is any time after August.
You should contact your mentees before they arrive and arrange to meet up in a public place during Intro Week.
The frequency and nature of your meetings is dictated by your mentee. They may prefer one-to-one or group sessions with your other mentees.
The mentor-mentee relationship is a semi-professional one. Where you do not form a personal friendship with your mentee, you can still maintain your role as a mentor.
For any further queries, please contact us: