UNSW Medicine & Health offers a peer mentoring program to support first-year postgraduate research candidates taking their first steps in their candidature to their confirmation review. Whether you’re a mentor or a mentee, learn how our mentoring program can benefit you.  

UNSW Medicine & Health Peer Mentoring Program

Mentees   1st year Medicine & Health postgraduate candidates  
Mentors  2nd to 4th year Medicine & Health candidates  
  • Pre-program professional training for mentors and mentees  

  • Monthly/regular mentoring sessions with your assigned mentor and 2-3 peer mentees)  


Term 1 and Term 3 

*Please send your EOI to med.hdr.admin@unsw.edu.au if you are a commencing candidate in Term 2 and are interested in this program. 

  • Your benefits include:

    • access to a supportive environment of peers to help you navigate a new environment

    • professional growth through mentorship

    • increased confidence for your confirmation review.

    Who are the mentors? 

    You’ll be mentored by experienced and professionally trained senior postgraduate research candidates who’ve been first-year postgraduate candidates themselves and want to provide practical support to you. 

    How do I register?  

    At the Medicine & Health induction for first-year candidates, newly enrolled candidates will be introduced to the Peer Mentoring Program and will be invited to register for the mentee's training sessions. Once signed up, please ensure you attend all compulsory training sessions (in person or online).

  • Benefits of being a mentor include: 

    • professional mentor training session to improve your communication and conflict-resolution skills, increase your understanding of university support systems, and develop skills to organise and facilitate peer mentoring sessions

    • developing skills required for your next steps after completing your research degree

    • opportunities to create a network with other research candidates

    • a rewarding, enjoyable and meaningful experience.

    What do I need to do? 

    • Attend pre-program mentor training sessions (four x 1-hour sessions, in person or online). 

    • Hold monthly face-to-face or online mentoring meetings with your assigned mentees for six months. 

    What's required of me?

    • You must be a 2nd, 3rd or 4th year (FTE) postgraduate research candidate and on track for on-time completion. 

    • You’ve received a satisfactory confirmation review. 

    • You're available for four pre-program mentor training sessions (in person or online). 

    • You'll be able to hold monthly group mentoring sessions for six months. 

    How do I register?  

    2nd, 3rd and 4th year postgraduate research candidates will receive an email from us regarding the registration information of the upcoming mentor training either in December (for Term 1 program start), or August (for Term 3 program start).  Please sign up via the provided registration link.

    *Please note that attending the training does not serve as a commitment to becoming a mentor.