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UG Peer Mentoring & PAL

Peer Mentoring and Peer Assisted Learning (PAL) schemes offer new students the benefit of peer-to-peer support from more experienced students.

What is Queen's University Undergraduate Peer Mentoring?

Peer Mentoring at Queen’s offers you, as a new student, the opportunity to access guidance and advice from students who have already completed Level 1. Peer Mentoring is subject-based and mentors are selected by School staff and trained by the Learning Development Service.

Peer mentoring does not replace the role of academic staff, your personal tutor or support services, rather, it aims to help you make a smooth transition to University, while offering you the chance to get to know other Level 1 students within your School and to ask questions of students who are a year or two ahead of you.

Mentoring schemes are devised by students in consultation with a designated academic referred to as the ‘academic co-ordinator’. The academic co-ordinator recruits mentors, supports them in their role, and monitors the effectiveness of the scheme.

Mentors work in a voluntary capacity.

For more information, please contact your School office or Angela McQuade or Saoirse Hamill at


What is Queen's University Undergraduate Peer Assisted Learning (PAL)?

While Peer Mentoring in Queen’s, for the most part, offers transitional support, Queen’s also has two Peer Assisted Learning (PAL) schemes that offer peer-to-peer academic support.

School of Nursing: students who have previously studied science at Degree level are trained to support their peers with the study of Life Sciences.

Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering: PAL leaders offer cross-year academic support.

PAL leaders are recruited by, and work closely with, academic staff in their respective Schools and receive training and support from the Learning Development Service.

PAL leaders work in a voluntary capacity.

For more information on either of these schemes, please contact your School office or Angela McQuade or Saoirse Hamill at


Contacting a Peer Mentor

Look out for your subject mentors at induction lectures during Welcome Week when the mentors will tell you about meetings and events. Check your emails regularly for updates and information from mentors.

Mentoring takes place in the following subjects (if you do not see you subject in this list and you would like to establish a mentoring scheme, please contact Angela McQuade or Saoirse Hamill from the Learning Development Service for advice

Becoming a Peer Mentor

Mentors are committed, reliable, compassionate, approachable students from a wide variety of backgrounds.

Recruitment of mentors normally takes place from January to March when the academic coordinator contacts Level 1 and 2 students, inviting them to apply to the scheme.

All mentors must complete training delivered by staff from the Learning Development Service. Training is relaxed and informal while covering a large amount of material, and will help you understand the mentoring role. You will be supported throughout your time as a mentor by your academic coordinator and the mentoring team in the Learning Development Service.

Mentors work in a voluntary capacity.

For more information, please contact your School office or Angela McQuade or Saoirse Hamill at


Degree Plus

Peer mentoring schemes qualify for Degree Plus via either Route A or Route B. Your academic coordinator will keep you informed about when to submit the relevant documentation. For general information on Degree Plus visit


Information for Staff

The Learning Development Service supports School staff with the development and implementation of Peer Mentoring and PAL schemes and disseminates good practice. We can meet one-to-one with you at any time in the academic year to explore how peer mentoring or PAL might be of benefit to your students. We can help with planning, recruitment, and are here to answer queries and help solve difficulties, should they arise. We provide a staff handbook that contains details of what is required in the academic co-ordinator role, sample application forms, mentor contracts and sample evaluation templates.

If you would like further information, please contact either Angela McQuade: or Saoirse Hamill: