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Peer Mentoring in UCD

UCD's peer mentoring programme started as a pilot in 2006 with 25 mentors and 250 mentees. Over the next few years it grew steadily and since 2011 every incoming first year student is assigned to a peer mentor from their course. We were the first Irish university to have a peer mentoring programme.  

7,400+ UCD students have been mentors 

65,000+ first year undergraduate students have been mentored

With 650+ peer mentors every year it is the largest volunteer programme in the university.

The UCD Peer Mentoring Programme aims to:

  • Help incoming students make friends and settle into their course
  • Encourage new students to get involved in social events and activities
  • Provide a supportive environment for new students to address their concerns and ask questions about starting college 
  • Signpost new students to the various academic and personal support services available in UCD
  • Enhance the overall quality of the first year experience

UCD Peer Mentoring

University College Dublin, Belfield, Dublin 4, Ireland.
T: +353 1 716 1207 | E: nadia.clarkin@ucd.ie