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Student support

Peer Mentoring

Applications to become a SOAS Peer Mentor for 2022-23 are now open. If you are a second-, third- or fourth-year student, you can click here to complete the sign up form.

If you are a new first-year student who would like to receive support from a Peer Mentor within your department, click here to complete the opt-in form. You will then be matched with a Peer Mentor after Welcome Week.

What is SOAS Peer Mentoring?

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

Targeted at helping you 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.

How does it work? 

For departmental mentoring, first year students are matched up with Peer Mentors in the years above them, from the same department.Mentors will be trained to offer you 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 your question, or feel that others may be in a better position to support you, they are able to signpost to services across the university including Wellbeing, Careers, or your department support team.

What benefits are there to being a Mentee?

Improve your chance of meeting or exceeding your target grades
Benefit from advice and guidance from students who’ve faced the same challenges as you
Be able to make new groups of friends, even whilst studying remotely
Become part of a growing community of SOAS Peer Mentoring participants
Applications to be matched to a Peer Mentor for the 2022/23 academic year will open soon. Please check this page for further updates.

If you are a current SOAS student looking to sign up to be a Peer Mentor for the 2022/23 academic year, please visit 'Peer mentoring' on the intranet.

If you have any questions, you can contact the Peer Mentoring team on peermentoring@soas.ac.uk and they will be happy to help you out!