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Peer Support Programmes

Peer Support Programmes

Peer Support Programmes

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All of our programmes are listed according to whether they are Faculty-specific or work across Faculties ('Cross Faculty'), e.g. you can join regardless of your discipline. You can get involved with as many programmes as you like.

To get involved with a programme listed below as a Peer Mentor or Mentee, please contact the Programme Organiser listed alongside.

 

Mature Student Mentoring (UG only, 21+)

Peer Mentoring Scheme offering support for undergraduate mature students (21+) before their arrival and throughout the academic year. 

Mentees will be matched with Mentors after A-level results day to ask any questions they have before arriving at university. However, you can join as a Mentor or Mentee throughout the year. 

Emma Norman

E.Norman@exeter.ac.uk

If you would like to be mentored or to be a Mentor on this scheme in 2024/25, we will ‌put application forms here shortly.

Care Leaver & Estranged Student Mentoring (UG only)

Peer Mentoring Scheme offering support for undergraduate care leavers and estranged students.

You can join as a Mentor or Mentee throughout the year. 

Emma Norman

E.Norman@exeter.ac.uk

If you would like to be mentored or to be a Mentor on this scheme in 2024/25, we will ‌put application forms here shortly.

Disabled Student Peer Support Scheme (UG only)

Peer Mentoring Scheme offering support for incoming undergraduate students with a disability throughout their first year. 

Mentees will be matched with Mentors after A-level results day to ask any questions they have before arriving at university. However, you can join as a Mentor or Mentee throughout the year. 

Emma Norman

E.Norman@exeter.ac.uk

If you would like to be mentored or to be a Mentor on this scheme in 2024/25, we will ‌put application forms here shortly.

Global Chums (Exeter)

Peer Mentoring Scheme offering support for international students based on Exeter campuses.

Visit the Global Chums webpage for more information

Zainab Zafar

Z.Zafar@exeter.ac.uk

Global Chums (Penryn)

Peer Mentoring Scheme for international students studying on the Penryn campus.

Natalie Battelle

globalchums-cornwall@exeter.ac.uk

Sanctuary Scholars Buddy Up

Support for students receiving Sanctuary Scholarship.

Jim Price

J.R.Price@exeter.ac.uk

Work Placements Peer Mentoring (Streatham/online)

Peer Mentoring scheme matching 2nd year students on a 4-year placement programme with a 4th year mentor who has undertaken a placement year themselves. Mentors will be matched with Mentees on a 1-1 or small group basis depending on sign-ups, and can meet as regularly as appropriate throughout the academic year. 

Mentors will be a point of contact as mentees are securing and organising their placements, although please note they do not replace staff and Mentee(s) should seek staff support where needed. 

This scheme excludes the Business School, Law and Modern Languages. If you are a Business School or Modern Languages student, please sign up to UEBS UG Buddy Up (under ESE schemes) or MFL Year Abroad (under HASS schemes). 

Dean Jones and Jo Harris

HASS-placements@exeter.ac.uk

 

UEBS UG Buddy Up

Buddy up for Undergraduate students in the Business School, providing informal support.

Sign up as a Mentee through the UEBS UG Buddy Up form

Contact the team with any questions at SEO-UEBS@exeter.ac.uk

UEBS PG Buddy Up

Buddy up for Postgraduate students in the Business School, providing informal support.

Sign up as a Mentee through the UEBS PG Buddy Up form

Contact the team with any questions at SEO-UEBS@exeter.ac.uk

UEBS WIE (With Industrial Experience) Buddy Up

Buddy up for With Industrial Experience students in the Business School.

Alexa Webster

A.M.L.Webster@exeter.ac.uk

Maths Foundation Mentoring (Streatham)

Peer Mentoring Scheme pairing current Maths, Engineering, Physics and Natural Science undergraduates with Foundation Maths undergraduates. This pastoral scheme offers support with transition to university life, and does not offer academic support. 

Houry Melkonian

H.Melkonian@exeter.ac.uk

Physics Peer-Assisted Learning scheme (PALs) (Streatham)

This academic scheme supports 1st year UG Physics students (Mentees). Mentors (2nd-final year UG Physics students) will facilitate sessions on 1st year course topics for Mentees, including revision sessions at the end of Term 2 and start of Term 3 (2023/24).

Full details of the Mentor and Mentee roles can be found on the appropriate sign-up forms. 

Apply to be a Mentor before 28th March through our application form

Sign up to join these sessions as a Mentee through our Mentee sign up form

Contact the team with any questions at physics-pastoral@exeter.ac.uk

Geography Buddy Up (Streatham)

Peer Mentoring scheme for undergraduate students studying Geography on Streatham campus, offering support with the transition to university life. 

Duncan Sumner 

D.Sumner@exeter.ac.uk

 

CBS Ethnic Minority Student Peer Mentoring Programme

Support for Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic students from UG and PGT programmes at the Department of Clinical and Biomedical Sciences.

Winnie Nyinoh and Shalinee Dhayal 

 

Medical Sciences PAL

Academic support for 1st year Medical Sciences students. Find out more about this scheme on the Medical Sciences PAL website

David MacDonald

D.C.MacDonald@exeter.ac.uk

Medical Sciences PAL (Y3 -> Y2)

Academic support for 2nd year Medical Sciences students. Find out more about this scheme on the Medical Sciences PAL website

David MacDonald

D.C.MacDonald@exeter.ac.uk

Peer Assisted Learning Sessions (PALS) in Medical Imaging

Academic scheme pairing Medical Imaging Mentors in their 2nd or 3rd year with students in their 1st and 2nd year. This can be small groups but may be on a 1-1 basis depending on signups. If you would like to be paired on a 1-1 basis, please see Medical Imaging Buddy Up

 

Medical Imaging Buddy Up 

Academic scheme pairing Medical Imaging Mentors on a 1:1 basis with Mentees. Medical Imaging students can choose to sign up to PALS in Medical Imaging if you would prefer to be matched in small groups. 

Robyn Lane and Ifraax Abdi Osman

Degree Apprenticeship (DA) Medical Imaging Peer Mentoring

This pastoral scheme matches 2nd year DA Medical Imaging students (Mentors) with students in their 1st year of the programme (Mentees). Mentors will support Mentees throughout their first year and be a point of contact on topics such as transition to university life. Mentors will likely be assigned 1 small group depending on signups.

Robyn Lane and Ifraax Abdi Osman

BMBS Year 1 Peer Support Scheme

Academic support for 1st year BMBS students. Email the Programme Organiser to find out more. 

David MacDonald

D.C.MacDonald@exeter.ac.uk

BMBS Intercalation Peer Support Scheme

Peer Mentoring scheme for BMBS students about to take part in their intercalation year, who will be matched with student mentors who have just returned from theirs. Email the Programme Organiser to find out more. 

David Allard

d.allard@exeter.ac.uk

Neuroscience PAL

Academic support for first year undergraduate Neuroscience students.

Miguel Dasilva Ogando

M.Dasilva@exeter.ac.uk

Bioscience Study Buddy (Streatham) Mentoring

The Bioscience Study Buddy scheme is designed to help you get the most out of your university experience with advice from other Bioscience students in the year above you. With regular sessions throughout the year, our great team of mentors will share their experiences and offer both pastoral and academic advice on a whole range of subjects, from sharing a house to how to approach an essay.

For more information, look out for advertisement on sessions once term begins, or please contact the listed email addresses.

Andrew Griffiths 

a.m.griffiths2@exeter.ac.uk 

Psychology (PSY1202) PAL

Academic support for students taking the PSY1202 module. As a Peer-Assisted Learning (PAL) scheme, mentoring will involve running sessions alongside other Mentors to enhance Mentee understanding of topics covered in this module. 

Katie Potts

kp516@exeter.ac.uk

 

 

MFL and LC PAL (Streatham and Penryn)

Academic support for undergraduate students undertaking Foreign Language modules, either as a Modern Languages or Languages Centre student. Contact the Programme Organiser or watch their video to find out more. 

Jose Tenreiro Prego

J.Tenreiro-Prego@exeter.ac.uk

Modern Languages Work Abroad Peer Mentoring

This Peer Mentoring scheme matches 2nd year MLC students (Mentees) thinking about working abroad with 4th year MLC students (Mentors) who worked abroad as their International Placement. Mentees will be matched on a 1-1 or group basis depending on demand, meeting at least monthly with their Mentors as they plan and prepare for their time abroad.

Bryanna Kilroy

HASS-placements@exeter.ac.uk

Politics Buddy Up

Academic support for first year undergraduate Politics students.

Naomi Cryan

nmpc201@exeter.ac.uk

Apply to be a Mentor for 2023/24 

School of Education Buddy Up

Social support network for Postgraduate Taught students in the School of Education.

George Tarling

G.Tarling3@exeter.ac.uk

Apply to be a Mentor for 2023/24 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

How do these schemes work?

The University of Exeter offers two types of Peer Support programmes: academic and pastoral. The programme descriptions will indicate which type of scheme you are on by using the terms outlined in our definitions of academic and pastoral below (e.g. 'peer mentoring', 'buddy up').

Peer learning programmes

(often called Peer Assisted Learning or Peer Assisted Study Sessions)

Peer learning programmes are curricula-based and develop learning communities within courses.

Peer Mentors lead a group of students through activities and facilitate discussion to enhance understanding of academic topics within a module or discipline. With the support of their Programme Organiser, Peer Mentors plan regular timetabled sessions around pertinent topics and use fun, informal activities to help mentees interact with eachother and in doing so, deepen their understanding.

Peer mentoring programmes

(often called Buddy Schemes)

Peer Mentors offer more general but tailored support and guidance to mentees (either 1-1 or in a small group). This mentoring may take place in person during scheduled or ad hoc meetings, online via email or Yammer, or a combination. Mentors are often matched with mentees based on their discipline, background and life experiences to ensure that the relevant guidance and lessons learned can be effectively passed on.