Specialist mentoring

One-to-one specialist mentoring focusing on your academic studies.

Who can access specialist mentoring?

Specialist mentoring is primarily provided for students with mental health needs or neurodivergent profiles including Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and those on the autistic spectrum. You may be eligible to access this service through Disabled Students' Allowance (DSA). Please contact the Disability Service if you are unsure about your entitlement to DSA.

How specialist mentors can help

Specialist mentors provide a supportive bridge between managing your wellbeing, studies and the whole student experience.

Specialist mentors can help you to:

  • understand how you learn best
  • identify triggers that impact on your wellbeing
  • plan, organise and prioritise workload
  • manage work/life balance
  • develop motivation and productivity
  • focus and concentrate more effectively
  • build confidence and self-esteem
  • improve attendance and engagement
  • participate in group work and presentations
  • develop social and communication skills
  • manage anxiety and stress, particularly in relation to exams and assessment
  • make use of relevant resources, tools and apps to become more independent
  • explore options for support both internal and external to UWE Bristol
  • set realistic goals and plan next steps.

Specialist mentors are not able to:

"My mentor was superb in listening to any and all challenges I faced within my degree, and she always provided practical suggestions to help me overcome them. Her endless encouragement motivated me to achieve the best I could and helped me develop greater confidence in myself."

Katie, Student

Katie Student


Specialist mentoring aims to:

  • provide a supportive bridge between managing your wellbeing, studies and the whole student experience
  • identify barriers to learning and the impact of your mental health needs or neurodivergent profile
  • work with your individual strengths, needs and learning preferences
  • identify areas for development and personal growth enable you to develop effective transferable skills, capability and learning strategies
  • collaborate with you using a tailored approach to create solution focused outcomes
  • enhance your confidence and resilience
  • enable you to build independence and fully engage in your studies.

How to book

  • Contact the Access and Learning Strategies team to check your eligibility and book an initial appointment.
  • Initial appointments will usually take place online using Microsoft Teams.  Follow-up appointments may take place either online or in person in agreement with your specialist mentor.
  • Appointments usually last between 30 to 60 minutes.

You may also like to explore library study skills support, college study support and wellbeing support.

How to cancel

You can cancel your session by contacting the Access and Learning Strategies admin team at least 24 hours before your session (excluding weekends and Bank Holidays).

Cancelling 24 hours or more before your session means you can reuse that hour at another time. Cancelling less than 24 hours before your session or not attending your session without providing notification, means you will lose that hour from your support allocation.

Full details are available from our Cancellation Policy.

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