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Peer Mentoring Programme

What is the Mature Student Peer Mentoring Programme?
This is a programme which aims to help new mature students to make friends, and to find their feet in UL, by linking them to other new mature students and to a peer mentor. It offers you an opportunity to have a friendly meeting, over a cup of coffee, with a peer mentor, who is a mature student currently in Year 2, 3 or 4.  Meetings take place regularly, at a mutually suitable time, throughout your first year to help you settle into your new role as a mature student.  The peer mentoring programme can assist you in areas such as:

  • How the University works
  • what the procedures are
  • Where to find supports and services
  • Who to contact if there are issues which need addressing.

What is the benefit of this programme?
For Mentees (first year mature students) being part of a peer mentoring programme provides you with the opportunity to meet and talk with other new mature students who join the programme. You can also benefit from hearing how others are managing their transition to university.  The programme offers you the chance to consult with a current mature student (your mentor) to discuss any issues you may have.  In so far as possible, we will endeavour to match mentees with a mentor (current student) from your own course or faculty. Mentees' places are awarded on a 'first come, first served' basis as we have a limited number of mentors available.


For Mentors (Second, Third or Fourth year students), the Peer Mentoring programme is an opportunity to help first year mature students with their transition to university.  Mentors can make a difference to a first years' experience by sharing their own knowledge and experience of being a mature student, by linking them with other mature students and simply by helping them to "settle in".   Time spent volunteering on this programme can go towards the President's Volunteer Award. Find out more about student volunteering opportunities here.

To find out more about the Mature Student Peer Mentoring Programme, please feel free to email us at mso@ul.ie with any questions