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School of Social Sciences

Learning and support

Ever wondered what the difference is between a tutorial and a seminar? What happens if you need help with your studies? Find out what kind of teaching sessions and support you can expect throughout your degree.

Student experience

Peer support

Sometimes there may be things you feel more comfortable discussing with another student. Our peer mentoring scheme provides first-year students with a trained mentor who is in their second or third year. 

Our peer mentors:

  • play a significant role in the induction and ongoing support of our first year students;
  • are on hand throughout Welcome Week to guide you as you settle in at university;
  • organise and participate in a wide variety of events;
  • create a social and supportive framework for new students;
  • nurture a strong sense of community through 'Meet the Mentors' drop-ins, essay writing workshops and School-wide careers events.

There is evidence that peer support has a positive influence on students' academic and social experience of university. 

Award-winning team

Our Politics and International Relations student peer mentoring scheme won the University's Peer Mentoring Scheme of the Year in 2016/17. 

Philippa Wilson, the School's Undergraduate Student Welfare Officer, was awarded for her Outstanding Contribution to Peer Support in 2015.