Information for First Year Students





How does the Peer Mentoring Scheme work?

The aim of the Peer Mentoring Scheme is to aid new students in a comfortable start to the University of Leicester with peer support.

Each first year student is assigned a Peer Mentor at the start of their degree (except students who are completing Medicine Degree programmes who have their own version of a family scheme). Students will mostly be matched with a Mentor on the same course, who are in their 2nd or 3rd year of the degree. First year students will receive email consultation throughout their first term with tips and advice on how to navigate university life. 

I'm a new student, how will this help me?

  • You will be receiving warm and friendly information straight away, this will help you know what is happening on or around campus and further afield in Leicester
  • You will get hints and tips on how to make the most of your student experience
  • You will have specific support and signposting if you have  have any difficulties during your first term. 
  • Opportunities to meet up with your peer mentor
  • You'll have the opportunity to make new friends and be a part of something that celebrates the diversity of student life in an informal, fun and sociable way

When students register at the University of Leicester, before starting their first term they will also receive the opportunity to express their preference on further attributes they would like to be matched on; this additional element is named Liberation Mentoring. If these new students choose to sign up to the additional personalised matching option, they are given the option of being matched with a Mentor who shares characteristics such as: Ethnicity, Religion and Sexuality.

If first year students do not sign up to this additional matching system, then they are still given a Mentor who is completing a degree in the same department as them. You will, if you haven't already receive details of your Mentor within the first two weeks of the academic year.


  • If you have any issues with your Peer Mentor or have not received any communications from them, then please email us at:

  • If you are looking for further support then please find more guidance on our Support services A-Z list here or find more help and links to support in the Mentee FAQ section


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