Academic mentoring and peer support

Starting university is a big change academically and socially. It is very common to have questions as you become independent, navigate new relationships and familiarise yourself with new academic standards. St Andrews offers a variety of support to help you make this transition, whether in the form of informal advice from your academic parents, joining a mentoring scheme, or seeking professional help for more serious problems.  

Mentoring schemes match first years with older students within their academic Schools or societies, allowing the student to benefit from the perspective of someone who has recently been in their position. Find out more about mentoring schemes for undergraduates and postgraduates.

Further academic support can also be obtained through the Academic Skills Project, or by booking a one-on-one appointment with CAPOD. You should contact your academic advisor for further guidance. 

If you have questions or would like advice on any aspect of academic or personal life (no matter how small!) you can call or instant message the University’s student-run listening service Nightline between 8pm and 7am during term time. If you would rather speak to someone face-to-face, you may be interested in joining the Peer Support Network, a flexible mentoring resource you can use to discuss serious issues or simply to find a student to accompany you to an event. You can email peersupport@st-andrews.ac.uk for further information.  

If you would like further guidance or require professional help, you should contact Student Services.