The peer mentoring session was attended by a mix of staff and students. Inputs about what peer mentoring is and what are the benefits for those involved in such schemes plus the department and institution as a whole were provided by, Georgina Eggleston from LTEO. Christine Edmead from Pharmacy and Pharmacology (and part-time LTEO) talked about the peer mentoring scheme she is involved in within her department and provided some insights as to how such schemes can be created and developed. Carol Lacey from AWARE in the SU described the training they offer to mentors in support of such schemes.
What was of particular interest in this session was hearing from two students about their different experiences of being peer mentors in different schemes. One, Kirsty from MASH, was involved in a more structured formal arrangement offering peer support to students in Maths problem-solving classes. The other, Tom from Computer Science, had set up a more informal mentoring scheme linked in with the Computer Science Student Society. Both schemes were very successful.
Students attending the session benefitted at the end by being able to talk about their ideas in setting up schemes in their departments with those who had presented. They also had the chance to learn from them some of the useful ways to get such schemes off the ground and to avoid any pitfalls. In addition the web pages offering a range of resources and support was of relevance and interest to all those who attended. These can be found at: http://www.bath.ac.uk/learningandteaching/resources/peermentoring/index.php