Transition mentors

Transition mentors help you settle in and can provide advice on academic topics, support services and administrative tasks that you need to complete as a first year student.

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Every first year undergraduate is matched to a Transition Mentor, a second or third year student from your degree programme. Mentors meet you once a week in groups of ten until early December. Senior Mentors provide support for the Mentors and help co-ordinate the meetings.

Your Mentor will help you settle in. They can give guidance on academic topics, (such as referencing and selecting modules), direct you to support services, such as financial adviser appointments or disability services, and answer administrative questions.

Many students find their Mentors invaluable:

  • “My transition mentor is amazing - incredibly knowledgeable and helpful”
  • “Transition mentor (was) the most helpful of any welcome programmes with respect to settling in” 
  • “My student mentor has been undoubtedly the most helpful figure at university so far”

(Quotes from 2017 New to UCL survey)

You will meet your Mentor at a welcome session scheduled by your department in the first week of term, so it is really important that you attend. If you haven’t been able to meet your Mentor, speak to your Departmental Administrator, your personal tutor or the Transition team for help.

Resources for transition mentors

Apply to be a transition mentor

Applications are closed for Autumn 2018 Mentors. Autumn 2019 Mentors will be recruited in late Spring 2019 - visit this page for details.


All 2018 training sessions have finished. If you are a Transition Mentor or Senior Mentor and have any questions about your role, please check the handbook first and email transition@ucl.ac.uk if you need further help.