Foundation Year Mentors

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. Peer mentors are current Keele students who have previously completed the foundation year, so are well placed 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 throughout the academic year.

A peer mentor…

  • Is an experienced student who has previously completed Foundation Year.
  • Shares their knowledge and experience to help you to solve problems.
  • Can provide advice and guidance on a range of university issues.
  • Acts as a point of contact for academic related questions.
  • Can help you to build networks and connections within the Keele community.

By accessing support through the Foundation Year mentoring scheme, you will benefit in the following ways:

  • Receive support from an experienced student.
  • Help through periods of transition.
  • Guidance on academic queries.
  • Build networks within the Keele community.
  • Increase your confidence.
  • Gives you a first point of contact for support questions.
  • Advice from a student who has already experienced the Foundation Year.

Who can be a Foundation Year peer mentor?

If you are a current undergraduate student who has previously completed the Foundation Year, you can sign up to provide peer support to new Foundation Year students.

What does the role involve?

The role would involve you providing online guidance and support to new Foundation Year students, through email, online chat, and other virtual methods.

How do I apply?

If you are interested in being a Foundation Year peer mentor please complete the expression of interest form.

What training will I receive?

All peer mentors who are sucessfully recruited through the application process will complete a compulsory training session which will provide them with the information and skills they need for their role, through exploration of a range of scenarios and role plays relating to student transition and experience.

Peer mentors represent Keele and follow a code of conduct to ensure a quality provision for new students. As part of the training, they are also made aware of what they can’t and shouldn’t do within the role, and also where to refer students onto more appropriate support as required.

For the 2020/21 academic year, mentor training will be delivered through an online programme.

I have some more questions, who can I speak to?

If you have any questions about the scheme before applying, you can contact the Student Mental Health Project Officer who is leading the pilot scheme.

New students starting the Foundation Year in January 2021 will be able to access the support of a peer mentor through two methods:

Request a Peer Mentor

1. Complete the sign-up form.

2. We will then allocate you with one of our trained peer mentors.

3. Your peer mentor will email your Keele account in the first week of your studies to welcome you and offer guidance.

4. You can then communicate with your peer mentor on an ongoing basis.

5. Your mentor can offer advice on academic and general university matters.

Online Mentoring Platform Tyfy

1. Sign up for an account by completing the registration section on the website using your Keele email address.

2. Enter your course details to ensure that you can access peer mentors who have studied a similar course.

3. Browse the profiles of the peer mentors to see what experiences they have had to help you to direct your question.

4. You can send multiple questions to different peer mentors to make the most of their different experiences.

5. Use the forums to connect with peer mentors about general university and Foundation Year life.