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Student Mentors

The Collaborative Engagement and Retention Team (CERT) cultivates strong communities across the University to enhance student engagement and retention.


Supporting your Student Mentors

The Collaborative Engagement and Retention Team's (CERT), largest initiative is the Student Mentor programme (formally CERT Student Mentoring). Staff play an integral role in the success of this scheme.

Student Mentors are recruited, trained and deployed across the University to support every undergraduate first-year student with their transition into university and throughout their first year. Mentors welcome first-year students into their course community and offer encouragement and guidance. Mentors are both integrated into the existing curriculum and coordinate independent activities to encourage a sense of belonging amongst undergraduate students.

CERT also recruit Mature Student Mentors who offer specific support to mature first year students.

Staff can support the scheme by:

  • Signposting first-year students to contact their Student Mentors and/or Mature Student Mentors as appropriate. If they’re not sure who their Mentor is, they can contact their Mentors via the First-Year Community site for their academic school on MS Teams (all);
  • Working with School Project Leads (see below) and/or CERT to coordinate Student Mentor activity within each undergraduate course. This could be aligned to the curriculum or focused on community building (academic colleagues);
  • Letting CERT know about opportunities for first-year students that Mentors can promote to mentees (all);
  • Promoting the role to students who are going into their second or final year of undergraduate study, or progressing to the first year of a postgraduate course (all).

Student Mentoring School Project Leads

School Project Leads coordinate Student Mentoring activity in their School through collaboration with staff from across the School and wider University. Project Leads attend monthly meetings in which they share best practice with one another and steer the development of the project.

Art & Design Zena Rashid
Arts and Humanities Duncan Grewcock
Animal Rural and Environmental Sciences Adele Lloyd
Architecture, Design and the Built Environment Liz Radice
Nottingham Law School Mark Thomas
School of Social Sciences Angie Bartoli
School of Science and Technology Julie Johnston
Nottingham Business School Rachel Welton
Confetti Will Jennison

Other CERT-led initiatives

CERT deliver an additional range of interventions that are aimed at supporting NTU students to succeed. These include:

  • Grit Development Days
  • Welcome Workshops
  • Goalsetting Workshops

To find out more so you can promote these opportunities to your students, please contact

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