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Specialist mentor support

What is specialist mentoring?

Specialist mentoring is one-to-one support that helps you to develop transferable skills and strategies to enhance your resilience and become a more independent learner.

Specialist mentoring will cater to your individual needs and learning preferences, taking account of the particular challenges and barriers you face while studying. 

Students eligible to receive this support are usually those with recognised mental health difficulties and autistic spectrum conditions in receipt of Disabled Students’ Allowances (DSA)

How can specialist mentoring help?

Specialist mentoring focuses on developing strategies in the following areas:

  • managing and organising time effectively
  • planning and prioritising workloads
  • setting realistic goals and working towards achieving them
  • developing motivation and morale
  • tackling focus and concentration issues
  • coping with anxiety in stress situations
  • creating a suitable work-life balance
  • working on strategies to improve attendance and engagement
  • improving social and communication skills
  • managing impact of condition on wellbeing
  • accessing appropriate services within the University and local area.

How does specialist mentoring work?

Specialist mentoring is available face-to-face at Frenchay Campus, Glenside Campus, Arnolfini and Bower Ashton Studios. Remote sessions can also be arranged if required.

For some students, specialist mentoring will only be required at certain points in their course. For others it may be required more regularly and phased out over time as they become more confident and independent.

Specialist mentors are highly qualified professionals with experience in related mental health professions. They also have experience of university life and the demands of academic study. You will work with your specialist mentor to develop an action plan on the best way forward. You will be encouraged to tap into the full range of support options available at UWE.

Further information

You may find it helpful to review the range of wellbeing support options available to you or to read through our self-help resources

You can also download the SAM anxiety app, which has been created to help you understand and manage anxiety.

Contact us

If you have any questions about specialist mentoring, are unsure whether you are eligible for DSA or would like to book a specialist mentoring session please contact us:

Tel: +44 (0)117 328 2037

Visit: Access West of England, 1D15 UWE Frenchay Campus
Opening Hours:  Monday to Thursday 09:00–17:00, Friday 09:00–16:00

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