Peer Mentoring

What is Queen's University undergraduate peer mentoring?

Peer mentoring aims to contribute to the creation of welcoming and inclusive learning communities across the University by allowing new students access to the support of experienced undergraduates who have already completed the transition to Higher Education. Peer mentoring does not replace the role of academic staff or support services, rather, it aims to make the transition to University smoother and less daunting.

Peer mentoring teams are subject-based and are managed by a designated academic. Mentors work closely with the designated academic to devise a scheme most suited to the needs of level 1 students within their respective subjects; hence, there is variation in how each mentoring scheme operates.

For information on individual schemes, please contact your School Office.

Are peer mentors paid?

No. All mentors work in a voluntary capacity.

Are peer mentors trained?

Yes. Successful completion of training is mandatory. The date and time of training is organised by the designated academic for each scheme. Training is delivered by the Learning Development Service and covers topics such as communication skills, coaching skills, study skills, facilitation skills and signposting.

Are peer mentors eligible for Degree Plus?

Yes.  Peer mentors can apply for Degree Plus via either Route A or Route B depending on the specific nature of the mentoring scheme within their subject area and the amount of time spent in their role.

For more information, please see the Degree Plus website:

Peer Mentoring Route A  

Peer Mentoring Route B 


For further information, please contact Angela McQuade or Saoirse Hamill at