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Postgraduate Mentoring for Distance Learners

The Postgraduate Mentoring scheme for Distance Learners is a voluntary e-mentoring scheme which aims to improve the learning experience of students who are on distance learning programmes. First year students on distance learning programmes are matched with more experienced distance learners who provide information, support and guidance and act as a sounding board, helping the new students to settle into life as a distance learner. 


 What can you gain by having a Postgraduate Mentor for PhD Distance Learners?  

  • Receive practical advice, encouragement and support to help you to integrate into your school of study and distance learning research community
  • Gain from the knowledge and skills of an experienced researcher
  • Meet another research student (distance learner) and increase social network
  • Develop communication, study and personal skills
  • Develop strategies for dealing with both personal and academic issues
  • Gain valuable insight into the next stage of your professional career

How can I request a Postgraduate Mentor for PhD Distance Learners?  

If you are a newly starting PhD student, we can match you to a Postgraduate Mentor who would be able to support you to settle into your programme and integrate into the distance learning community. A Postgraduate Mentor is an experienced distance learning student who has completed their Qualifying Report. They can support new PhD students during the first year or early stages of their programme. To request a Postgraduate Mentor, simply click on the link below:

REQUEST A POSTGRADUATE MENTOR for PhD Distance Learners

Become a Postgraduate Mentor for PhD Distance Learners: 

If you are a distance learner PhD student and you have completed your Qualifying Report, you are eligible to become a Postgraduate Mentor for distance learners. You would be able to support the integration of a new distance learning PhD student. Full training is provided and you will receive a certificate on completion of your mentoring role:

REGISTER AS A POSTGRADUATE MENTOR for PhD Distance Learners

Mentoring at Aston: an overview

Mentoring at Aston: an overview

Find out what to expect as a mentor or mentee.

Studying on a Distance Learning Masters Programme?

If you are studying on a Distance Learning MSc or MA programme, you can REQUEST A POSTGRADUATE MENTOR for Distance Learners here. 


If you are in year 2 or above of your MSc or MA Distance Learning programme, you can REGISTER AS A POSTGRADUATE MENTOR for Distance Learners here. 

For more information please contact:

Modasar Rasul
Learner Enhancement Officer 
Room SW105
0121 204 5226
pgmentoring@aston.ac.uk