Find out more about SOAS Peer Mentoring

Applications to be matched to a Peer Mentor for the 2022/23 are now open. Click here to complete an opt-in form.

If you are a current SOAS student looking to sign up to be a Peer Mentor for the 2022/23 academic year, please click here to visit 'Peer Mentoring' on the SOAS Student intranet, or email

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 by matching 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?

  • Peer Mentoring can improve your chance of meeting or exceeding your target grades
  • It can be useful to receive advice and guidance from students who’ve faced the same challenges as you
  • SPM is a great way to make new groups of friends, even whilst studying remotely
  • Getting involved and attending Mentoring meeting can help you to become part of a growing community at SOAS

If you have any questions, you can contact the Peer Mentoring team at and they will be happy to help you out!