Peer Mentoring and Professionalism

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Peer mentoring has been a success for everyone involved resulting in a ‘win-win-win’ situation for mentors, mentees and university schools and departments (Andrews and Clark, 2011). Mentors have the opportunity to develop key transferable skills such as communication and leadership, which in turn can enhance their employability opportunities. There is also potential to increase and develop social and academic confidence. For mentees the benefits include the opportunity to gain advice, encouragement and support during the transition period from school/college/work to university along with the opportunity to gain an insight into the stages of university life by learning the "rules of the game". Through peer mentor schemes University schools and departments are meeting the demand to support student success while assisting student transition and reducing attrition. This paper will focus on the peer mentor scheme set up in the School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at Queen’s University Belfast specifically the development of employability skills through company involvement in the scheme.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationHigher Education Academy
Publication statusPublished - 2013
Event2nd Annual Higher Education Academy Learning and Teaching STEM Conference: Where practice and pedagogy meet - England, Birmingham, United Kingdom
Duration: 17 Apr 201318 Apr 2013


Conference2nd Annual Higher Education Academy Learning and Teaching STEM Conference
CountryUnited Kingdom


  • peer mentoring
  • peer support
  • retention
  • attrition
  • employability
  • professionalism


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