Become a mentor

There are two opportunities for you to get involved with mentoring.

  • STARS Mentoring: Here you will have the opportunity to mentor a final-year undergraduate within the STARS programme.
  • Transition to Research Mentoring: This programme will pair you with a PhD student who is about to arrive at the University of Surrey.

How to get involved

You can be involved in one or both of these opportunities – your level of commitment is entirely up to you, the mentoring should take about an hour a month. To express an interest in being a mentor:

You will be asked in the form to specify which scheme(s) you are interested in.

NB: It is preferable that at the time of signing up you have at least six months remaining on your doctoral studies

What is a mentor?

Mentors act as a source of information, provide coaching in specific skills, give feedback, coach activities that add to experience and serve as a confidant in times of crisis and problems.

How does it work?

The researcher development programme will offer training and support to get you going as a mentor. We will pair you with a member of the STARS programme or a new PGR and will be there for you along the way. We will give you the skills you need through a short training sessions and then let you take it from there. Once you are paired with your mentee you should expect to volunteer about an hour a month to sit and chat with them.

STARS Mentoring 

The RDP in conjunction with Academic Skills and Development is offering PGRs the opportunity to mentor members of the STARS programme.

The programme runs from around September to May and may start over email before the STARS student arrives on campus for their final year.

  • STARS is a unique differentiated development scheme designed to identify the needs of, and offer support to, high achieving second and final year students here at the University of Surrey.
  • STARS currently targets students entering level 5 (second year) who have achieved an average of over 68% in year 1.

Transition to Research Mentoring

You may start mentoring over email before the new PGR arrives at Surrey and then you will get the chance to meet when they arrive. We will give you the skills and information you need and then let you take it from there. We hope that you find this a rewarding process.

How much time will it take?

  • The programme runs all year
  • Training will take three hours
  • You may be in email contact with your mentee before they arrive
  • You will meet your mentee when they arrive in Surrey
  • The time you spend with your mentee after they arrive is up to you but we would suggest meeting once a month
  • We would suggest that the relationship should last between three and six months