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What is mentoring?

  • Mentoring is awarded to you if you have a diagnosed Mental Health condition that is having a negative impact on your ability to study effectively.
  • It funded through the Disabled Students Allowance (DSA) where a mentor is recommended in your Needs Assessment Report. The number of hours you are entitled to will be specified and it is not permitted to exceed these hours.
  • Mentoring aims to provide support to you to self-manage your mental health difficulty in order to feel competent in managing your studies.
  • Mentors can help you develop and maintain strategies for areas of your academic studies that mental health may be impacting on, such as organisation and prioritisation, time management, avoidance, communication, self-confidence, self-esteem, concentration, stress management and anger management.
  • Mentors will support you to set realistic expectations for yourself, to help you break down barriers to your success and therefore providing you with more confidence to achieve your academic and personal goals.
  • Mentors can also help with supporting you in relation to your diagnosis, signposting you to relevant additional support and working with you and staff in the university to make reasonable adjustments to remove any barriers to your studies. 

How do I organise mentoring?

You can contact the Student Wellbeing Service and complete a DSA Support Request Form where you can specify when you are available for sessions. The Student Wellbeing Service will also try and contact you to ask you to complete the form and arrange an appointment. Once you have met your mentor for the initial session, it is your responsibility to ensure that further sessions are agreed (subject to the number of hours recommended).