This section gives information on the Student Mentor Scheme and on the specialist mentors available at UoB.
You may want to consider registering for the Student Mentor scheme. The Student Mentor Scheme at the University of Birmingham is a team of 12 current students who have been trained to provide free advice and guidance to students living in university accommodation. The mentors are available to help you, from when you receive your accommodation offer, to moving in and throughout your time in university accommodation. This is a form of peer mentoring – as it is from fellow students. A student mentor can help you to settle in and get to know what is available on campus.
Other mentors available: Autistic students often benefit from having a specialist mentor who is knowledgeable about autism and can meet regularly to help with the specific challenges associated with university studies. This is more than a student mentor would provide, and If you think that you would benefit from this more consistent and regular form of mentoring, then you can access this through the Disabled Student’s Allowance or equivalent.
What to do next?
Register with the Student Mentor Service and/or the Disablity Support Service (for specialist mentoring)
Questions to think about
- Who would I go to if I had a question? (do I know who the key people are to help me with different types of problem, eg. study-related/accommodation-related?)
- Do I feel comfortable asking questions or getting help? (do I know how I would approach key people for help?)
- How do other people help me best if I feel anxious? (by just being available/getting in touch regularly/emailing?)