Keele Mentors 2020/21

At Keele we offer a number of peer mentoring schemes to support new undergraduate students as you begin your higher education journey.

The aim of peer mentoring is to support the transition into higher education and throughout the first academic year, as well as to support the general wellbeing of students participating in the programme. Our mentors welcome and support new students as they make the transition to life as a Keele student. Mentors make a big difference to the lives of our new students, as well as gaining valuable transferable skills.

If you are a new student interested in finding out more about how you can be matched with a mentor please click on the 'Get a Mentor' button below. 

If you are a current student interested in becoming a Keele Mentor please click 'Become a Mentor' to find out more.

Transition Mentors

K‌eele offers a transition mentoring scheme to support students who are from backgrounds that are traditionally underrepresented in higher education. This includes the following student groups, although we welcome any student who feels they would benefit from the support of a peer mentor to apply.

  • Care leavers
  • Estranged students
  • Mature students
  • Student parents
  • Student carers
  • Local and commuter students
  • Students with a registered disability or learning difficulty
  • From a widening participation background

Foundation Year Mentors

If you are starting a Foundation Year programme in September 2020, you will automatically be assigned a peer mentor unless you indicate to us that you wish to opt out.

The Foundation Year peer mentoring scheme has been created as a way of enabling current foundation year students in accessing additional support to help them through their studies and general university life. Your peer mentor would be a current Keele student who has previously completed the foundation year, so would be able to offer guidance and share knowledge and experience. Peer mentors have received training, and will be able to answer questions you may have related to your academic studies and social activities on campus, as well as general queries that you may have during your time as a foundation year student at Keele.
 
The scheme also offers you opportunities to meet other foundation year students outside of your structured classes and a chance to learn more about what your chosen degree pathway will include once you progress from the foundation year onto year one of your degree, by attending one or more of the mentoring events that will take place.

Academic School Mentors

Some academic schools offer additional peer mentoring or buddy schemes, to help you to settle in to life within your school and to learn about what to expect from a student studying on the same course.

If your academic school offers a scheme, you will be informed of this as part of the induction and welcome material that you will receive prior to starting your course in September 2020.