Frequently Asked Questions
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What is Peer Mentoring

Peer mentoring is a relationship between someone who has lived through a particular experience (the peer mentor) and someone less experienced or new to an experience (the mentee), e.g. a second year student might act as a peer mentor to a first year student, or someone who has experienced difficulties in student life and overcome them may support someone experiencing these for the first time. There is often a transfer of knowledge between the more experienced peer-mentor and the mentee, which benefits the mentee.

Who is this service for?

The Many Hands project is for students studying with our seven partner institutions, in particular mature students, those in the creative arts or from Black, Asian or ethnic minorities. If you don’t fall into one or more of these categories, you can still contact your Student Services team to see what support is available.

Is this service free?

Yes! It is funded by the Government’s Office For Students.

Is it confidential?

Yes. All our Mentors work confidentially and no information is shared with third parties other than specially trained Student Services staff who support Mentors if they need it. These staff also adhere to confidentiality rules.

Where and when does the mentoring take place?

Mentoring can take place via our state of the art mentoring platform, via this website, face-to-face, on the phone or Whatsapp, depending on what suits Mentors and Mentees. Dates, times, duration and basic notes are logged by the Mentor.

How many session can a Mentee have?

You will usually have up to six, 30 minute sessions in the first instance, after which time the mentoring relationship will be reviewed with the help of Student Services staff.

Can mentees become Mentors?

Yes! You can apply to be a Mentor at any time.