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:
- act as a counsellor, therapist or mental health advisor – find out how to get wellbeing support
- focus on the management or treatment of a specific condition – you should contact your GP/clinical practitioner or register with a doctor
- advise on funding such as Disabled Students' Allowances or reasonable adjustments – you should contact the Disability Service
- act as an advocate – you should contact the Students' Union Advice Centre.
"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."
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.