Welcome to the Melbourne Peer Mentor Program!

The Melbourne Peer Mentor Program is here to help make your transition to university easy and enjoyable. By participating in the program, you will get personalised advice on uni life, meet students from your course and connect with a variety of opportunities.

Save the date for your first meeting

Your first mentoring meeting with your peer group will be on the day of your faculty's Commencement Ceremony. Exact details about where you will first meet with your peer group are below.

How does it work?

If you are a new undergraduate student at the University in 2020, you will be matched with a peer mentor from the same faculty before Orientation, as well as a group of your first year peers. You will receive an invitation to download the my.uniLife app, information about your peer group and details on where you will first meet once you accept your offer.

What will I get out of the program?

Having a peer group will help you get the most out of your first year as you will:

  • Get personalised advice on uni life through regular meetings with your peer group.
  • Build social connections with students from the same faculty.
  • Learn to navigate university, its programs and co-curricular activities.

When is my first mentoring meeting?

You will have your first mentoring meeting with your peer group on the day of your faculty’s Commencement Ceremony during Orientation. The details of your first meeting will be different depending on what course you will be studying.

Please see the table below for the date, time and meeting point of your first meeting.

FacultyCourse Date and time Meeting point
Business and Economics Bachelor of Commerce 11am, Monday 24 February At the fountain in front of the southern entrance to the Royal Exhibition Building.

See a photo of the meeting point.
Arts Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Arts Extended 11am, Tuesday 25 February At the fountain in front of the southern entrance to the Royal Exhibition Building .  

See a photo of the meeting point.
Science Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Science Extended 1pm, Tuesday 25 February At the fountain in front of the southern entrance to the Royal Exhibition Building .  

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Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences Bachelor of Biomedicine  11.30am, Thursday 27 February Rubbo Court, outside the entrance to the Brownless Biomedical Library (look for the Flying Capital sculpture), Parkville campus.

See a photo of the meeting point.
Architecture, Building and Planning Bachelor of Design 1pm, Thursday 27 February At the fountain in front of the southern entrance to the Royal Exhibition Building .  

See a photo of the meeting point.
Veterinary and Agricultural Sciences Bachelor of Agriculture and Diploma in General Studies (DiGS) 11.30am, Friday 28 February Rubbo Court, outside the entrance to the Brownless Biomedical Library (look for the Flying Capital sculpture), Parkville campus.

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Fine Arts and Music Bachelor of Fine Arts and Music 1pm, Friday 28 February At the fountain in front of the southern entrance to the Royal Exhibition Building .  

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How often do I meet with my peer group?

There will be three peer group meetings throughout Semester 1 and one peer group meeting in Semester 2 that you will need to attend after Orientation.

These meetings will be organised by your peer mentor and you will be notified of your scheduled meetings via your student email and the my.uniLife app.

What's next?

To get started on your journey with your peer group, you will need to:

  • Download the my.uniLife app to see your assigned peer mentor and to find out about your scheduled mentoring meetings.
  • Attend your Commencement Ceremony and meet your peer group on the same day whilst participating in a fun activity. Make sure to check your first mentoring meeting details above.
  • Chat with your peer group through the my.uniLife app.
  • Attend all your mentoring meetings so you can get assistance throughout first year.

Who are the peer mentors?

Click a picture to find out a little more about one of our many peer mentors.

Comfort
Comfort, Bachelor of Arts
Kerry
Kerry, Bachelor of Arts
Chhaikheang
Chhaikheang, Bachelor of Science
Photo of Paarangat
Paarangat, Bachelor of Science

Frequently asked questions

  • How are peer mentors and new undergraduate students matched?

    Peer mentors and new undergraduate students are matched based on their faculty. For example, if you are a first year student studying the Bachelor of Commerce, you will have a peer mentor from the Faculty of Business and Economics.

  • How long will I have a peer mentor for?

    The official Melbourne Peer Mentor Program commences during Orientation in Semester 1, 2020. You will have a peer mentor throughout the program until the last meeting which is happening early in Semester 2, 2020.

  • How can I contact my peer mentor?

    You can contact your peer mentor and peer group via the ‘Chatter’ function in the my.uniLife app.

  • How, when and where will I meet my peer mentor?

    The details of all your mentoring meetings will be provided in the my.uniLife app. To access this in the app, click the ‘Peer Mentoring’ page and select the ‘Your Group’ section.

  • What if I am unable to attend the first mentoring meeting?

    We strongly encourage you to attend all your mentoring meetings where possible. However, if you are unable to attend the first meeting, please notify your peer mentor via the ‘Chatter’ function in the my.uniLife app. You can also review the date, time and location of your next meeting in the app.

  • What happens if I am late to my first mentoring meeting?

    If you are running late to your first mentoring meeting, you should contact your peer group through the ‘Chatter’ function in the my.uniLife app. Once contacting them, you can try to find where exactly they are meeting so you can join them.

    If you are unable to contact or locate your group, you can also go to the meeting point as you will be able to meet other late students and the Melbourne Peer Mentor Program team.

  • Can I stay in touch with my peer mentor after the Melbourne Peer Mentor Program finishes?

    Peer mentors are under no obligation to continue mentoring after the final meeting. Any contact beyond that point is outside the scope of the program and at the discretion of the peer mentor.

  • What if I experience problems with my peer mentor?

    If you encounter any issues or concerns, the Melbourne Peer Mentor Program team will be able to support you. Please contact the team via the my.uniLife app.

  • I am a new undergraduate student, is it compulsory for me to participate in the program?

    We strongly encourage you to attend your mentoring meetings with your allocated peer mentor. It is an opportunity to make friends from the same faculty, find out more about university life and get just-in-time information about key services and resources to help you make the most out of your first year.

  • Can I become a peer mentor?

    We will be recruiting for all faculties before the start of Semester 2, 2020. Check our ‘Apply to become a peer mentor’ web page monthly for further recruitment updates.