Student Mentors play an important role in helping new students settle in to life at NTU.
Starting at university can be a big transition and we want to make it as easy as possible for all students. The Collaborative Engagement and Retention Team (CERT) focus on building strong communities across NTU, so that we can help first-year students to feel at home. We work with Student Mentors to run events and activities, with the aim of supporting first-year students to settle into university, and get the most from their NTU experience. Every first-year student is assigned a Student Mentor who studies on the same course as them in a higher year.
Information for new first-years (mentees)
At NTU you’ll find lots of people on hand during Welcome (and beyond) who are ready to help you feel at home. One of these people is your Student Mentor.
Student Mentors are second-year, final-year, or postgraduate students who studied the same course as you. It’s not been long since they were in your position, so they’ll understand how you’re feeling, and are on hand to answer questions and have a chat.
They’ve been specially chosen to help you to settle into life at NTU and to encourage you to take part in the many opportunities available to you through your academic school, the University and the Students’ Union (NTSU). They will share their own experiences of being a first-year student, provide peer-to-peer support and point you in the direction of the right university departments so that you have everything you need to be able to succeed at university.
If you’re not sure who your Student Mentor is and you’d like some help getting in touch with them please email the CERT Team.
Please include your name, email address, course title, N number and details of your enquiry.
You can also contact the Student Mentor community via your First-Year Community site on MS Teams.
Already a student mentor?
The CERT Officers you met during your training are on hand to offer any support you might need with your role. Visit the Student Mentor NOW learning room or your Student Mentor Community on MS Teams for more information and to find out who the CERT Officer is for your academic school.
Support for first-year students
Your role as a Student Mentor is to help to create a sense of community and belonging on your course and signpost first-year students to any support they might need throughout the academic year. There is extensive advice on the student services website.
If the person you are concerned about requires immediate support for mental or physical health issues, then, depending on the urgency, please advise they see a GP, visit a local NHS Urgent Care Centre, call 111, visit Accident and Emergency, or call an ambulance using 999.
Your Role as a Respect Ambassador
As you know, a very important part of the Student Mentor role is to be a Respect Ambassador. This means:
- acting as a role model and promoting behaviours outlined in the Respect video
- providing assistance to students, for example signposting them to services supporting Respect at NTU
- helping to recognise and respond to disrespectful behaviour.
Find out more about NTU’s Respect policy.
Become a student mentor
Are you interested in taking on a flexible paid role to support other NTU students whilst developing skills that will make you stand out? Each year, CERT works with academic schools at NTU to recruit Student Mentors. Mentors support first-year students throughout the academic year by helping them to make connections with their peers and signposting to opportunities and services. This is a great opportunity to develop a diverse range of skills, from leadership to networking skills.
What are the benefits of being a Student Mentor?
CERT Student Mentoring:
- is a paid opportunity where you’ll work casual hours, fitting around your studies, social life and other commitments;
- looks great on your CV, boosting employability with skills such as leadership, time management, problem solving, communication, event management, active listening and teamwork;
- is an opportunity to give something back by supporting first-year students with their transition to university;
- is recognised on The Higher Education Achievement Report (HEAR). All undergraduates are eligible for this electronic report that includes details of your degree classification, exam results, modules taken, and verified extra-curricular activities;
- can be included in your work towards the NTU Award (22 hours of mentoring can be included in your submission);
- is an excellent opportunity to develop networks with a range of students, academics and professional services staff from your academic school.
Find out more about becoming a Student Mentor
If you are a current NTU student and would like to find out more about being a Student Mentor, we recently held some sessions that were led by current Student Mentors who described the role and their experiences in more detail. Please use the link below if you'd like to see a recording of this session, and we will email it to you.
How do I apply?
Applications are currently open until 23:59 22 August 2022.