Being a mentor has given me the opportunity to work as part of a great team and make new lifelong friends. The satisfaction of knowing that you are helping other students is something I really enjoy and is really special. Mentoring has also helped me improve my overall confidence, as well as providing me with new experiences and skills which I can use once I graduate. Definitely recommend it!
Past Residence Life Mentor
Residence Life Team
Residence Life Teams, with an in-depth knowledge of the support and wellbeing services on offer at the University, provide support to students living in University accommodation.
Living away from home in a new city (or country) can bring new challenges, so every student living in our accommodation is assigned a Residence Life Mentor who has experience of student life.
You can speak to them confidentially about whatever is on your mind. And they will visit one evening a week to answer questions, help with any problems, and keep you up-to-date with what’s going on in the University and city.
Overnight, members of the Residence Life Night Patrol support Security by visiting residences. If you have a problem late at night contact security and they will arrange for a member of the team to help.
Two full-time Residence Life Advisors lead the Residence Life Teams and are involved with student welfare across all the residences. If you want to speak with someone, please contact your team.
N.B. We will always treat your personal information with sensitivity and respect. Please read our confidentiality statement for further information.
The Residence Life Team run a range of events throughout the year. Please see below for the latest updates. Tickets can be booked via the online store.
Residence Life Mentors
Every student in residence is assigned a Residence Life Mentor who will visit throughout the year. Mentors are current students – usually second/third years or postgraduates – with experience of student life. You can speak to them confidentially about whatever is on your mind. If you need to contact your team you can do so via e-mail.
Mentors can offer:
- Friendly peer support
- Knowledge of the University, the city and student life
- A listening ear
- Signposting to useful services if you have a problem
- Updates on what’s happening on campus
If you are dealing with a more complex problem, you may decide to contact a Residence Life Team Leader (or your Mentor may suggest this). Please see the Team Leaders tab to read more about their role.
If you are interested in applying to become a Mentor, please see our vacancies tab for further information.
Team Leaders are available every evening during term-time (7 days per week). They can be contacted directly via e-mail, or you can visit during their office hours. In an emergency, Team Leaders can be contacted overnight by calling Estate Patrol.
Team Leaders offer:
- Lots of experience of student life
- Help in resolving difficulties you may be experiencing, including more complex problems
- Out-of-hours support
Team Leaders also organise a range of social events for residents – please do contact your team if you have any ideas for future events.
If you are interested in applying to become a Team Leader, please see our vacancies tab for further information.
There are currently no vacancies for Team Leaders. Team Leader recruitment for 2018-19 is expected to begin around Easter - please check back for further details.
Recruitment for September 2018 is now open. We ask that applications be returned by 29 November to be considered in the first round of recruitment.
As a Mentor you would be responsible for welcoming and supporting a group of students living in University accommodation, helping them to have a positive experience, and empowering them to resolve any problems.
Are you eligible?
- A friendly, approachable, non-judgemental and supportive person, keen to help others settle into University life.
- Excellent at communicating with a wide range of people.
- Willing to develop your skills and able to attend team training during the week of 10 September 2018.
- A full-time student at the University and able to be present in Exeter throughout all three terms of the academic year.
You do not need to have studied at Exeter previously to be eligible, but should have experience of University life and living in student accommodation.
- Visiting a group of allocated residents (mentees) on a weekly basis, (usually from 6pm – 10pm one evening per week) completing a work log after each shift.
- Participating in team meetings (usually one hour, one evening per week).
What do we offer in return?
- A room in University accommodation, and a rent discount of £45 a week (discount applies for 32 weeks).
- Full training and the chance to develop new skills.
- Experience of working with people.
- The opportunity to develop confidence in dealing with a range of different situations.
An application pack is available to download below.
We do not currently have any Mentor vacancies for 2017-18, but you are welcome to contact us if you wish to be considered for any vacancies that may arise during the year.
If you have any questions about our vacancies or require any further information about the roles, please email: email@example.com
We understand that it can be difficult to trust other people with matters which may be deeply private. We will always treat your personal information with sensitivity and respect, and we regard this information (especially any concerns or problems you raise with us) as confidential unless you tell us otherwise.
Residence Life Team members work closely with each other as part of a team. In order to provide continuity of support (we work on a rota basis), and to ensure that we are providing the best support we can, we may need to share information between team members. This information is only shared on a need-to-know basis.
Passing information to other people
We will not pass on any personal or sensitive information about you (including information about your studies, or your address in residence) to your family or friends unless we have your permission.
If family or friends contact us with questions about you, we will only discuss general topics with them (for example, giving details of support services available to help students) unless we have your permission to talk about your specific circumstances.
We work very closely with other services providing support to students. Sometimes we may need to talk to a professional about your situation – for example, to make sure we are meeting your support needs, or to get advice on further help available to you. We are often able to do this on an anonymous basis, but if we need to pass on your details, we will seek your permission first wherever possible.
We do not routinely pass information you share with us to your tutors or anyone in your Academic College. If we are concerned that your studies are being affected by a personal issue, we will discuss this with you and seek your permission to advise your College that you may be in need of additional support. Where appropriate we are involved in the Health, Wellbeing & Fitness to Study Procedure.
Exceptions to confidentiality
Very rare exceptions to confidentiality occur when:
- We have good reason to believe that you or others may be at risk of serious harm.
- We believe that you have committed or intend to commit a serious crime, or are required to provide information to the police as part of an investigation.
- A member of the team would be liable to civil or criminal court procedures if information was not disclosed.
Wherever possible, we will discuss this with you before taking any further steps. Information passed on in these circumstances is kept to a minimum and only disclosed to relevant people on a need-to-know basis.
We keep computer-based records of any issues you raise with us, so we can ensure that we have responded appropriately and provided the support you need. All personal and sensitive data that we hold is processed according to the requirements of the Data Protection Act.
The team also keeps records on our level of student contact. We use these records to produce statistical data on our service. No information about individual students is identifiable in this data.
Student Disciplinary Procedure
Members of the Residence Life Team have a role within the University’s Disciplinary Procedure – information relating to disciplinary matters will be passed on as detailed in the procedure.
If you would like to discuss any queries relating to this statement, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Come along to our quiz nights to enjoy some pizza and snacks and see if your knowledge can win a prize. It's free to take part, but please book a space for each team member on our online store. (Don't worry if you don't have a team - just book your space and we'll match you up on the night).
Join us for a day trip to Bristol - a great chance for shopping or to do some sightseeing. Coach tickets are only £5 and are available from our online store.
This visit to Sidmouth Donkey Sanctuary is a great event for animal lovers and for anyone who enjoys spending time outdoors. Tickets are priced at only £4 and are available on the online store.
This great trip gives you the chance to experience travel on a classic steam train along the picturesque heritage line from Paignton to Dartmouth. You'll also have time to explore Dartmouth, a pretty historic town on the banks of the river Dart. Tickets are priced at only £10, including coach travel to and from the steam railway and your train ticket. Book now on the online store.
Our day trips to Cardiff are always popular, so book early to secure your place. This is a great chance to visit the local sights or do a little shopping, and tickets are only £5 via the online store.
Come along to support your local football team as they play a home match at St James Park. This time they'll be playing against Carlisle, and each £5 ticket will also include a pint and a pasty for you to enjoy - book on the online store.
If Stonehenge is on your must-see list during your time in the South West, this trip is for you. Tickets are only £15 and include coach travel and entry to this amazing Neolithic site. You'll also have time to explore the beautiful cathedral city of Salisbury. Visit the online store to book.
One of the UK's most popular tourist attractions, the Eden Project houses amazing plant life - including a rainforest - inside the world's largest greenhouses, with lots more to do and see besides. Tickets are only £10, including coach travel and entry - book on our online store.
Join in with our annual Easter egg hunt for a chance to win a chocolatey treat. It's free to take part - just search out a token on the day and take it along to your residence reception to claim a prize.