Current Students

Become a mentor

Further information

  • Volunteering at UWA

 What does being a mentor involve?

Contacts

Location

Room G.32
North Courtyard, Student Central
Email: unimentor@uwa.edu.au

Our mentors are our greatest assets. If you are thinking about becoming a mentor, read on. We welcome you and know you will enjoy your role assisting new students.

The role

Mentors are required to:

  • Successfully attend and meet the requirements of an in-person selection interview
  • Complete the UniMentor training and induction process.
  • Participate in other Orientation activities
  • Support new students (mentees)
  • Provide mentees with accurate and relevant information about their faculty
  • Refer mentees to relevant University services as required
  • Maintain contact with mentees as agreed and be responsive to requests for support from mentees within the limits of the role
  • Attend UniMentor events where possible
  • Act as a positive role model and ambassador for UWA and the UniMentor program.

To be a mentor, you need to be a current student at UWA.

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Benefits for mentors

Being a mentor is a rewarding activity. Mentors participate for a variety of reasons, but most agree that they receive as much from being a mentor as they give.

As a mentor, you will:

  • meet interesting people
  • develop communication and leadership skills that will be transferable to many social, academic and professional situations
  • assist fellow students in a voluntary capacity which looks great on your rèsumè
  • have fun.
  • complete 50% of the supplementary activities you require for the UWA Career Employability Award by participating in the UniMentor program 
  • be able to participate in UniMentor social activities, event and excursions that enable mentors and mentees to socialise and get to know each other.

It was great and the training was excellent, there was a strong support network from mentor staff and an overwhelmingly positive response from my mentees.

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Your contribution

Being a mentor is invaluable for students in any faculty. The benefits extend to the faculties as well, by fostering camaraderie and cooperation among its students.

As a mentor you have the opportunity to:

  • share valuable knowledge with new students that you have gained as a result of your own student experience. (Think back to what you know now compared to when you entered university)
  • contribute to the University’s commitment to assisting students in their transition to study
  • contribute to the development of the mentor program by feeding back to the coordinators your views on things that do or don't work.
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Signing-up and qualifying to become a UniMentor

Each year the program recruits more than 400 mentors to support new students in Semester One and Semester Two.

Undergraduates: Sign up here.

Postgraduates: Sign up here.  


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Training and development

To qualify as a UniMentor all students must register then succesfully complete a 5 staged program. Stage 1 involves the completion of 3 key elements of training namely; 

  • An Online UniMentor Training module;
  • The UniMentor Development Day;
  • Cultural Competency Training.

 Once qualified as a UniMentor you are eligible to sign up for additional professional development opportunities that develop your mentoring skills.

These courses are currently available:

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References and recognition

References and Statements of Service.

Mentors who successfully complete at least one semester of mentoring, are eligible to request a reference from the Manager Transition Services and a statement of service that highlights the volunteering undertaken during their time as a mentor.

To request a reference or statement of service, mentors must complete the Reference Request Form

Volunteer Hours

Mentors who successfully complete the UniMentor program will be recognised with volunteer hours on their supplementary student record on studentConnect. 

UniMentor Appreciation Ceremony

Each year we host a UniMentor Appreciation Ceremony to acknowledge the commitment of our UniMentors. At this event we announce our UniMentors of the Year – who are recognised on our UniMentor Honour Boards that are displayed in Student Central. We also recognise the recipients of the Mentee Choice awards – who are mentors who have been nominated by the students they assisted.

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