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Peer Mentoring

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Information for New Students

How does the Peer Mentoring Programme work?

As UCD continues to offer a wider variety of courses and to grow in size, your time with us should be full of opportunity, learning, fun and friends. But life at UCD can initially seem somewhat daunting for those who come from small secondary schools, rural areas, or those who are first in their family to go to University. In fact, although it’s fun and exciting, coming to college poses challenges to all new students.

This is why the Peer Mentoring Programme has been set up. The transition from school to college life can be made easier and more fun with the help of the peer mentoring team of students, who are always at hand whenever you need them.

Who are our Peer Mentors?

Peer Mentors are students who have already completed their first or second year of study in a similar area and understand what it is like to be a new student at UCD. They are students from your own programme and/or subject area.



How do you find your Peer Mentor?

Click here >>  How to find your Peer Mentor

You will also meet your Peer Mentor and group during orientation week.


What can your Peer Mentor do for you?



  • Supporting you in solving those early problems which you may experience at the start of Stage 1.
  • Sharing their experiences, challenges and insights with you.
  • Encourage you to make new friends with your classmates early in the semester.
  • Assist you in learning about UCD and help you to foster a sense of belonging to your academic programme.
  • Encourage you to get involved in the social side of UCD, joining clubs, societies, etc

When do Stage 1 students meet their mentors?

Stage 1 students meet their Peer Mentors during Orientation week. Each student will be placed in a group of 10-15 other stage 1 students from the same programme /subject area. Each Peer Mentor will organise 3-4 social activities and meetings during the year to get together. You may use these opportunities to have fun and get to know your classmates or discuss any issues/queries that are affecting you.

Some typical questions asked by 1st years/mentees:

  • I’m feeling overwhelmed, what do I need to do next?
  • Where are the lecture theatres, tutorial/seminar rooms/labs?
  • Where’s the library?
  • How do I take out a book?
  • What’s a resit?
  • What’s a module?
  • I’m not sure I picked the right programme. What do I do?
  • I’m struggling. Who should I talk to?
  • I want to get involved in student life. What would you suggest?

Your Peer Mentor is there to help you with any of these questions. No issue is too small. Remember, they know what it’s like to come to college so you can be assured that they will be able to help you.

Tips to survive first month of college:

  • Make friends & get involved – societies, sports, etc. Ask your Peer Mentor to accompany you if you don't want to go alone
  • Attend all lectures/tutorials/labs but don't simply stop going altogether if you miss some classes
  • Keep on top of assignments
  • Explore the campus. There is so much to see and do so take some time to just wander around and get to know your UCD
  • Learn to cook
  • Budget appropriately and realistically. Take into account that you will have some larger initial expenditure items
  • Learn to balance college work & social life. This can take some time but you must prioritise your studies