Peer support for new students

Whether you're studying for an undergraduate, taught postgraduate or doctoral degree, your fellow students can help you settle into university life.

Support for undergraduate students

All our undergraduate peer mentors are current students who've completed their first year, so they have the experience to help you with any concerns you have.

Your peer mentor will get in touch with you before you start university, so you can ask any questions you have about arriving, what you should bring with you and what it's like when you're here.

They've been specially trained in peer mentoring and will let you know about any other support services you might need. They can also give you informal advice to help you find your way around the campus.

Your peer mentor will be studying the same course as you or something similar so, throughout your first year, they will be there to support and advise you about your department and the University's policies and practices.

Support for postgraduate students

If you're studying for a master's degree or doing doctoral research, you can find peer support through your department or the Postgraduate Association.

Before you start your course, you can contact your Director of Studies to ask about your department's mentoring scheme and other opportunities to meet fellow students.

If you're a first-year doctoral research student you can also contact the Doctoral Engagement Manager by emailing

You'll also be able to meet other postgraduate students through the Postgraduate Association, which organises regular events.

How peer mentoring works

Find out more about peer mentors