The transition to postgraduate study is exciting but can also sometimes be daunting. A postgraduate student may be new to the city or may live off campus, may be the first in their family to go on to postgraduate study, they may be returning to education after some years, or may be the only one of their group of friends to come to Aston University.
Having the support and guidance of an experienced Postgraduate Mentor can help new postgraduate students to settle in quickly and make the most of the time at the university. The nature of support is primarily pastoral, and may include practical advice and tips to help new students integrate into the university and school of study
The mentoring support is available in the first year of postgraduate study and usually takes place face to face or electronically (e-mentoring). It is a voluntary ‘peer mentoring’ scheme which is flexible, confidential, and fits around student availability.
Both mentors and mentees are fully briefed and trained prior to mentoring. On completion of the mentoring, all mentees and mentors receive a participation certificate and involvement in the scheme is reflected on student records. Mentors and mentees are generally matched according to school of study, availability, location or other preferences.