Peer Mentoring Scheme

What is it?

Upon joining us in your first year here at Alliance Manchester Business School, you will be assigned to a pair of mentors as part of the Peer Mentoring Scheme that we operate across Alliance MBS. These mentors are second, third or final year students and the aim of the scheme is to help you settle into university life here at the University of Manchester, on both a social and academic level. There may be things you feel more comfortable discussing with fellow students rather than University staff. In this case, mentors are extremely beneficial. All mentors have first-hand knowledge of the 'Freshers' experience hence we are in a good position to help you settle as smoothly and quickly as possible. Remember that we are here to help.

How will it work?

You can expect to receive an email during the Welcome period outlining who your allocated two mentors are for the year. The mentors will be responsible for a group of approximately 15 first-year students. The meetings will be either in person or online (most likely on Zoom), and the mentors will contact you to let you know when the first meeting will be. They will aim to have this meeting at the beginning of the semester to give you the chance to virtually meet your fellow mentees, whilst also ensuring that any questions that you may have are answered.

The Peer Mentoring Scheme is designed purposely to put you in contact with students who have experienced the challenges and problems that some of you may encounter during your first year, so feel free to ask your mentors anything.

How can you get involved?

Towards the end of your first year, you will receive an email giving you the opportunity to become a Peer Mentor during the next year of your degree programme. As a Peer Mentor you will be able to benefit from the satisfaction of assisting new students, whilst also developing a whole range of your own skills, including confidence and time management, enhancing your employability. To become involved with this highly rewarding scheme, keep an eye out for information regarding applications.

Being a Peer Mentor allows you to:

  • Gain lots of skills and experience for your CV, e.g. team working skills and organising events and sessions
  • Help other students settle in and get used to their course
  • Gives you one of the two ‘Step Up and Lead’ roles needed for the Stellify Award

Contact:

If you have any questions do not hesitate to get in contact with your PEER coordinators:

Staff coordinator in Alliance Manchester Business School: studentsupport.ambs@manchester.ac.uk