Swansea University

Academic Mentors for Students Pursuing Undergraduate and Postgraduate Taught Programmes

Academic Mentors for Students Pursuing Undergraduate and Postgraduate Taught Programmes

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Academic Mentors 

The University’s Policy on Academic Mentoring requires that all undergraduate and postgraduate taught students are allocated an Academic Mentor with whom they will come into contact with as members of teaching staff. Your Academic Mentor will provide you with academic guidance, support for personal development and help in identifying advice and guidance on welfare issues. It is, therefore, very important that you keep in touch with your Academic Mentor. You can find out who your Mentor is by accessing the University Intranet. If you have not been allocated an Academic Mentor please contact your College Information Office.

In summary, the University expects an Academic Mentor to:

  • provide academic guidance and personal development support and help in identifying advice and guidance on  welfare issues including homesickness, bereavement, bullying, and more serious matters such as assault;
  • meet their mentees at the beginning of the academic year and about half way through;
  • Academic Mentors should recognise their own limitations and, in cases of doubt, refer students to specialist sources of advice and support;
  • The student-mentor relationship shall remain confidential subject to University Guidelines (e.g. Appendix 1 in the draft Guidelines for Staff Regarding Students with Mental Health Difficulties) and appropriate Acts of Parliament and the requirement of professional and statutory bodies;
  • Personal Academic Mentors must not disclose information obtained from students to third parties without the prior consent of the student. Exceptions to this involve situations where it is considered that the student is in serious danger of harming others, committing self-harm or where disclosure is required by law. 

Students should:

  • Provide Academic Mentors and/or College staff who support student welfare with information about absences, performance and medical and other problems which might have the potential to influence academic progress, both at the start of their studies and during other times at University.  Mentees are strongly urged to do this to ensure that they receive appropriate support during their time spent at Swansea, and that such circumstances are drawn to the attention of Academic Mentors and, where appropriate, the College's Special Circumstances Committee;
  • Attend all group and individual meetings with their Academic Mentor and provide satisfactory explanations, in advance, in any instance of unavoidable absence;
  • Maintain their own personal development planner and contribute to planning activities arranged within the Academic Mentor meeting;
  • Inform their Academic Mentor if charged or cautioned with any criminal offence during their period of enrolment as a student.

During the course of your studies you may wish to pursue issues further with members of staff outside the College. In such cases you would be expected to contact staff in the Academic Services, Student Services or other administrative departments who might be able to assist you.

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