Welcome to the Melbourne Peer Mentor Program!

The Melbourne Peer Mentor Program is a key part of your transition to the University of Melbourne, designed to help make the process easy and enjoyable. Through participation in the program, you will meet new friends, build your network, get personalised advice on uni life and learn how to connect with support and engagement opportunities.

How does it work?

If you are a new undergraduate student starting at the University in 2021, you are automatically part of the program! Shortly before the semester begins, you will be matched with a peer mentor and a group of first-year peers from your course, who will form a group you will meet with throughout your first few semesters of study. You can find more information about the program below. You will also receive further details about how it works soon after you accept your offer.

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What will I get out of the program?

With our recent transition to online and remote learning, the program is ideal for encouraging social connectivity and promoting a sense of belonging within the University community.

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

  • Meet fellow students and build on your University experiences together.
  • Learn helpful tips and tricks from your peer mentor about studying and getting involved at the University.
  • Share fun and memorable experiences with your group members.
  • Build friendships with your cohort and share your experiences to contribute to the development of others.
  • Increase your personal skillset to compliment your academic studies.

When is my first mentoring session?

You will meet your group for the first time at Orientation. Then, you will see them again for your first full group meeting in the early weeks of the semester. Specific details for these sessions – including time and date – will be available via the my.uniLife app shortly after Orientation.

How often do I meet with my peer mentor and group?

You will meet with your mentor and group a number of times throughout your first semester of study, and once again in your second semester. Together, you will explore sessions themed around key stages of your uni journey, including transitioning to university, your wellbeing, assessments and what the University has to offer!

Your meeting schedule

Sessions will be scheduled in MyTimetable at times that are convenient for your group, based on your University timetables. This will help make it as easy as possible for you to meet and share experiences with your group. To create a schedule that fits around your classes:

  1. Log into MyTimetable
  2. Find the Peer Mentoring option MPMP00101 under the Enrolment section
  3. Select your preferred meeting days and times during the preference entry period. For detailed instructions, visit the preference entry page.
  4. If you miss the preference entry deadline, you will be allocated into a mentor group that fits in with your class schedule. You will be notified via email when this happens.

You may notice that the Melbourne Peer Mentor Program also appears in your Study Plan. This is just a way for mentor meetings to be scheduled in MyTimetable. The Melbourne Peer Mentor Program is not subject – you don’t get credit for it, there is no tuition fee, you do not get assessed, and it will not appear on your transcript.

Meet some of our 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

How do I get involved?

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

  • Download the my.uniLife app to see your assigned peer mentor and to find out about your scheduled mentoring sessions.
  • Introduce yourself and chat with your peer mentor and group through the my.uniLife app. Watch a video of the process.
  • Download Zoom so you're ready for your online mentoring sessions. Have any questions ready so you can get the most out of your sessions.
  • Attend all your mentoring sessions so you can get assistance throughout first year.
  • Have fun! Make the most out of your sessions to meet new friends, learn about life at University and get involved in exciting programs and events to ensure your student experience is one to remember!

Frequently asked questions

  • How are peer mentors and new undergraduate students matched?

    Peer mentors and new undergraduate students are matched based on their course. For example, if you are a first-year student studying the Bachelor of Commerce, you will have a peer mentor who has undertaken that course at the University of Melbourne.

  • How long will I have a peer mentor for?

    The Melbourne Peer Mentoring Program runs across both semesters in your first year of study.  You will meet several times during your first semester and once during your second semester to mark the end of the program.

  • How can I contact my peer mentor?

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

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

    The details of all your mentoring sessions 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 session?

    We strongly encourage you to attend all your mentoring sessions where possible. However, if you are unable to attend the first session, 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 session in the app. If the scheduled time of your mentoring session conflicts with your schedule, please contact your faculty's Student Life team to assist you and ensure you don’t miss out!

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

    If you are running late to your first mentoring session, you should contact your peer mentor and group through the ‘Chatter’ function in the my.uniLife app to let them know. You can then join the session when you are able to.

  • 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 session. 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?

    In the unlikely event that you encounter any issues or have any concerns, please contact your faculty Student Life team via the my.uniLife app.

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

    It is expected that all students attend all of their sessions to the best of their ability. We understand sometimes life can get busy. If you find that a scheduled session time does not work for you, you can reach out to your mentor and fellow students to see whether it can be rescheduled. Alternately, please feel free to contact your Student Life team for assistance.

  • How do I become a peer mentor?

    We will be recruiting for all faculties before the start of each semester. Check our ‘Apply to become a peer mentor’ page monthly for further recruitment updates.

  • What do the COVID-19 physical distancing policies mean for the program? Will the program continue while students are not on campus?

    Yes, this program will continue. However, the Melbourne Peer Mentor Program has now moved entirely online. Your peer mentor will create Zoom meetings for each session, the details of which they will circulate in the ‘Chatter’ function in the my.uniLife app.

  • Who can I contact if I have further questions?

    For further questions, please submit an enquiry via the my.uniLife app. Otherwise, you can contact your faculty Student Life team directly: