1. Three-level Peer Mentor Accreditation for employability
The base level is Bronze
This means you have completed the basic elements of the role as accredited by HEAR. This includes online and face-to-face Peer Mentor Training (or only online training if you were a Mentor last year), as well as four key emails sent between September and January.
With further training you can achieve the Silver or Gold accreditation
If you attend the programmes listed here then you can build up points for your accreditation.
The Peer Mentor Accreditation can be tailored to reward you for undertaking development opportunities that will help you achieve your career goals. We will help you find training that is relevant to your chosen job, grad scheme or internship, and attribute points to the training so that it counts towards your Peer Mentor accreditation. If you find a training programme offered by the Students Union or on our online training provider that would be useful to you, then email firstname.lastname@example.org to ensure you gain these accreditation points.
Registration for face-to-face training can be accessed through the online booking form, and online training offered by Educare can be accessed by emailing email@example.com .
2. Recognition on the Volunteering Portal
As a Peer Mentor you are allowed access to the Volunteering Portal. For each of your 4 core emails as a Peer Mentor you can log 1.5 hours on the portal, meaning you can log 6 hours in total at the end of the scheme for just sending your emails. You can also log hours for attending big events such as Peer Mentoring Induction/ Meet Your Mentor or Study Skills, as well as smaller scale events in your department and meet-ups with your Mentees. For more information please see the FAQs for Peer Mentors or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
3. HEAR accreditation
All University of Leicester graduates receive a Higher Education Achievement Report (HEAR) along with their degree transcript that lists all of their accredited extra-curricular activities. The Peer Mentoring scheme is included in this report.
4. Transferable skills
From the scheme alone, you will gain a number of transferable skills. These could include: problem solving, peer support and interpersonal skills. Since the contact you will have with your mentees will be through emails, it is really important that you hone your communication skills; this could include making yourself aware of equality and diversity issues, or the role that is played in safeguarding for yourself and your mentees.
5. That warm, fuzzy feeling you'll get from supporting First Year students
The main reason for the existence of the Peer Mentoring Scheme is to support first year students, to make that transition to University life a little bit easier. We hope that all of you will be great examples for your mentees and someone they can trust to guide them when they face challenges. Hopefully, you will also gain a friend from it!
If that's not enough, see what previous Mentors have said about the scheme:
“Being a peer mentor really made me feel like I was making a difference for my mentees, they could approach me with questions or problems during the often challenging first term. I also learnt some useful skills relating to being a mentor, such as problem solving, peer support, and interpersonal skills, which I feel are transferable to any place of work or study.”
Anna, Biology Peer Mentor (2017/18)
“Knowing I was being able to help and advise others whilst gaining transferable skills for myself. I wish I had this in first year as I was very lost and unware of the opportunities available to me at the time.”
Peer Mentor (2017/18)
“I volunteer at Leicestershire Citizen’s Advice and saw one of my mentees there… she thanked me and said it made a difference so it was gratifying to know this.”
Peer Mentor (2017/18)
“Being a mentor is a great opportunity to serve the community and make a difference in the life of new students. Sometimes, they have issues and just need someone to talk to. I will definitively recommend this to other friends of mine.”
Patrick, Law Peer Mentor (2017/18)