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MSc Peer Support Mentoring

Welcome to the MSc Mentoring Scheme  

About the peer support mentoring scheme
Registering interest
Becoming a PhD-mentor

About the peer support mentoring scheme

The peer support scheme for postgraduate taught (PGT) MSc students in the School of Social and Political Science was created to facilitate greater interaction between, and integration of, the taught and research communities, and for peer-led guidance and support throughout the duration of study at the University of Edinburgh.

The scheme matches a small group of MSc students with current doctoral researchers who will act as mentors throughout the academic year. The mentors are here to provide support on a range of topics, such as:

  • settling into life in Edinburgh
  • adjusting to the Scottish education system
  • making the most out of your degree programme
  • the dissertation writing process
  • plans for beyond the MSc.

Meetings are held once or twice per semester depending on student demand, extra sessions will be organised near the start of the summer term, when MSc students usually begin to work on their dissertations.

Registering interest

At the beginning of each academic year, a welcome mixer will be arranged for interested students to meet each other as well as potential mentors and to sign up to peer support groups. If you are unable to attend the initial mixer (usually held in the first few weeks of the autumn semester), you can get in touch with one of the programme organisers at ssps.pgt.mentoring@ed.ac.uk to register your interest. You will then be matched with a peer support group. Students can sign up at any stage during their MSc experience.

The introductory mixer for the 2017/18 academic year will be held on Wednesday, 4 October 2017, at 4pm in the Practice Suite, 1.12 1st Floor of the Chrystal Macmillan Building.
Time and location may change, and interested mentees will be notified accordingly.

To register your interest for the mentoring scheme, submit your personal information (name, programme of study, UoE e-mail address) here.

Focusing on Peer Support

The mentoring programme aims to guide incoming MSc students throughout their stay in Edinburgh to maximise the benefits of their education here and to engage in the wider SPS postgraduate community.

This scheme is not intended to replicate or replace academic, pastoral or other forms of support provided to PGT students at the University of Edinburgh. Nonetheless, mentors are able to point you to relevant guidance and resources throughout SPS and the University of Edinburgh.

All academic queries should, in the first instance, be addressed to students’ programme directors or dissertation supervisors, depending on the nature of the query; support for personal matters is also widely available through the Edinburgh University Students’ Association (EUSA), the Chaplaincy Centre, Career Services and many other offices around campus.

Becoming a PhD-mentor

PhD students interested in becoming mentors should register their interest by  completing the survey here or contacting the programme organisers (currently Cleo Davies, Inna Yaneva-Toraman and Taylor McConnell) at ssps.pgt.mentoring@ed.ac.uk.

All mentors are expected to attend an initial training session, facilitated by the Students’ Association (formerly EUSA); the training  is intended to introduce mentors to the ideas and techniques of peer-mentoring. A catch-up training session may also be held at the beginning of the second semester for those hoping to join the scheme later in the academic year.

Mentors will be responsible for arranging their own mentoring groups (one or two meetings per semester) in coordination with the organising committee and for providing advice and support to MSc students throughout the academic year. Involvement with MSc students outside regularly scheduled group mentoring meetings is up to the individual mentor to decide.

Mentor training for the 2017/18 academic year will be held on Tuesday, 3 October 2017, from 09:00 to 11:30 in the Sixth Floor Staff Room in the Chrystal Macmillan Building.
Time and location may change, and interested mentors will be notified accordingly.

What the scheme does not do

This scheme is not intended to replicate or replace academic, emotional or other forms of support provided to PGT students at the University of Edinburgh. Nonetheless, mentors are able to point students to relevant guidance and resources throughout SSPS and the University of Edinburgh. All academic queries should, in the first instance, be addressed to students’ programme directors or dissertation supervisors, depending on the nature of the query; support for personal matters is also widely available through the Students’ Association, the Chaplaincy, Career Services and many other offices around campus. Rather, the peer support programme aims to guide incoming MSc students throughout their time in Edinburgh to maximise the benefits of their education here and to engage in the wider SSPS postgraduate community.

Contact the Mentors

To find out more about the scheme or to register your interest as a mentor or mentee, feel free to contact us at ssps.pgt.mentoring@ed.ac.uk 

The mentoring scheme organising committee is currently led by Cleo Davies, Inna Yaneva-Toraman and Taylor McConnell.

Students doing group work