BY University of Reading 11 July 2017
The Student Transitions at Reading (STaR) mentor partnership aims to create a sense of belonging for new students by partnering them with a current student to help them settle in.
- How does the mentoring partnership work?
- New students: how your STaR mentor can help you
- Current students: why become a STaR mentor
- Apply to become a STaR mentor
- Mentoring for International and EU Postgraduate Research students
A STaR mentor is a current student volunteer in part 2, 3 or 4 that is studying the same academic course, or is from the same academic department or School. New undergraduate students receive details of their STaR mentor by email to the personal email account they used when applying to Reading.
Read the FAQs for more information about the partnership.
If you have any mentor preferences, such as a mentor of the same gender or age, or if you would like to don't want to have a STaR mentor, please email email@example.com.
A STaR mentor can answer questions about all aspects of starting University and student life. For suggestions of what to ask, read what to ask your STaR mentor.A STaR mentor will:
- Be a point of contact for new students to answer questions about starting University and what it is like to be a student at Reading
- Help new students prepare for what to expect from Welcome Week and the first term
- Give helpful guidance and tips on settling in, for example, orientation around campus, making friends and academic study
- Be contactable by email and available to meet in person until the end of the first term
- Mentor between 1-12 new students
- Dedicate around 1 hour per week to mentoring
- Contact new students before they arrive at University by email and be available meet in person throughout the first term
- Help new students settle in and answer questions about what it is like to start University and study at Reading
The benefits of becoming a STaR mentor include representing an academic course, gaining volunteer experience, developing personal and professional skills and helping other students.
Register your interest in becoming a STaR mentor by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Applications are open in March, April and May. All students are trained in the Summer Term before the role starts in August.
International and EU Postgraduate Research and Postgraduate Taught students can apply for a STaR International mentor.
STaR International mentors are current International and EU Postgraduate Research students who help new students with moving to the UK and starting Postgraduate study at Reading.
To apply to have a STaR International mentor, please email email@example.com
Please note the programme is not currently offered for incoming Postgraduate Research or Postgraduate Taught students from the UK.