Mentors are volunteer undergraduate students who have undergone training to equip them for the role. They are normally matched with a small group of year 1 students (the mentees) from their own department, and, if possible, from the same course.
A mentor will be:
- A friendly face for mentees
- Keen to help mentees settle in to their new environment
- Willing to answer questions or direct mentees to the most appropriate source of advice
- Available to meet with mentees from time to time.
A mentor should:
- Maintain contact with their mentees
- Offer bespoke support depending on the needs of their mentees
- Be aware of limits of confidentiality
- Be aware of the support and advice available elsewhere.
- Know that they are a “channel” and are able to direct the mentee to the most appropriate body for advice.
- Seek advice from departmental contacts or the mentoring scheme co-ordinator where necessary.
- Try to be punctual, keep appointments and keep promises, BUT should not promise what they can’t deliver.
Mentors should be aware of both the expectations and
Limitations of their role.
- They are NOT expected to “do it all” but they ARE expected to know where and who to refer to.
- Mentors are NOT counsellors, social workers, financial advisers or academic tutors.