SOAS University of London

Administration and Professional Services

Peer Mentoring

What is SOAS Peer Mentoring?

SOAS Peer Mentoring is a student-led initiative which sits within the Student Experience, Engagement and Retention department. 

Targeted at helping first-year students transition into university, this initiative aims to create a community through matching up first year students with student mentors in the years above them who are studying in the same department. The scheme runs both in person and via Microsoft Teams to ensure that all new students can engage with their assigned Peer Mentor.

To register your interest in becoming a Peer Mentor, please complete the Peer Mentor registration form.

If you are a new undergraduate student and would like to receive a Peer Mentor, please read on. 

How does it work? 

For departmental mentoring, we aim to match first year students up with Peer Mentors in the years above them, in their department. For schemes that are not department-specific, such as for LGBTQIA+ students, students will be matched up with a mentor on the same scheme. Mentors will be trained to offer support and advice where possible, such as sharing revision tips or information they found useful related to first year modules.

If Peer Mentors do not know the answer to a new student's question, or feel that others may be in a better position to support a student, they are able to signpost to services across the university including Wellbeing, Careers, or their department support team.

What benefits are there to being a Mentor or Mentee?

Mentees will:
  • Improve their chance of meeting or exceeding their target grades

  • Benefit from advice and guidance from students who’ve faced the same challenges as them before

  • Be able to make new groups of friends, even whilst studying remotely

  • Become part of a growing community of SOAS Peer Mentoring participants

Mentors will:
  • Improve their chance of meeting or exceeding their target grades

  • Develop a wide range of transferable skills, including time management, organisation and active listening

  • Increase their familiarity with a collaboration platform that is being increasingly used by firms and organisations, enhancing their employment prospects

  • As well as a SPM training session, including a recognised online Safeguarding training, Peer Mentors will receive a T-shirt, invitation to a number of additional development opportunities, and a signed certificate and reference.

Can I access SOAS Peer Mentoring?

For 2021/22, SPM has a goal to assign all new first year undergraduate students a Peer Mentor when they begin at SOAS. 

You can opt-in to receive a Peer Mentor by clicking here to complete the Mentee sign-up form.

In addition, if you belong to or identify as a member of one of the following groups, you can also be assigned a Peer Mentor from the same group:

  • Students of Colour
  • LGBTQIA+ Students
  • Mature Students

If you are interested in starting a mentoring programme for your department or group please email the team at peermentoring@soas.ac.uk and they will be in touch!

Further Information and How to Join

If you have any questions, please send an email to the SOAS Peer Mentoring Co-Presidents Mahek Amitabh and Julia Soldrzynski at peermentoring@soas.ac.uk and they will be happy to help you out!