The Foundation Peer Mentoring Programme NEEDS YOU!

Peer mentoring and Coaching for Foundation Students

  • Do you want to use your successful experience in the Foundation Centre and beyond to help and support our current students to be successful?
  • Do you need experience to add to your CV?
  • Do you want to develop your leadership skill?

Peer mentoring is a programme that allows higher year students to provide help and support to lower year students academically or socially or both. The Foundation Peer Mentoring Programme is designed to support current Foundation students’ transition to an academic life and to help them achieve their full academic potential. Having successfully completed the Foundation Year you must have good experience and real understanding of how to adjust to academic life as a mature home student or international student. We will then train you to pass on your experience to our new students and help them to succeed.


What will I be doing as a mentor?

Meeting – meeting with Foundation students and supporting them in the transition to University life and sharing your experiences. You don’t tell students what to do, but you can pass on what you know about the Foundation Centre or how to live in a college or how to travel to Queen’s Campus, many small things but important to new students.

Advising – listening & offering help to your mentees on a combination of social issues, how to find accommodation for the next year, how to balance your life/study or how to arrange  travel in the UK.

Coaching – You may even able to help mentees with some subject questions, for example, how to find the right references for a project, or even proof read their essay.

Team – You won’t be expected to work alone, you will be one of a team of mentors who successfully completed the Foundation year and who are currently studying at a department in the University just like yourself. You will work closely with the Foundation Peer Mentoring Coordinator and Academic Advisors to enhance the experience of the students you mentor. You attend a workshop which is designed to support mentoring scheme.

How will I benefit?

As a Mentor, you will have the opportunity to develop your transferable skills for employability.

  • Develop good skills in organisation and administration,
  • Improve your interpersonal and communication skills,
  • Develop your leadership skills,
  • Boosting your self-confidence ,
  • Improve experience of working in a team and ,
  • Providing valuable experience to your CV,
  • And more…

How should I get involved…?

Training You will be given two days of training on 10th and 11th of June 2014, and in early September 2014. Through the training you will understand the programme and understand the time commitment involved. The sessions are designed to be friendly, interactive and will highlight some of the key silks necessary to be a successful mentor.

What do I need to do to apply?

Request an application form by sending an email to or Successful applicants will be informed shortly after successful interview.

Our mentoring programmes are voluntary; although there is a  bursary up to £100 paid at the end of the year to cover costs which have arisen during mentoring.

For more information please contact:

Jean Mathias

Room 104, Pelaw House, Foundation Centre, Leazes Road, Durham University, Durham, DH1 1TA. Tel: 01093348307

Email: or


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