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Become a mentor

Becoming a mentor gives you the opportunity to help new students, as well as develop valuable skills for your studies and future work.

Benefits of being a mentor

How to become a mentor

Applications for Semester 1 2019 are now open. If you wish to apply, please submit your application via UniHub.

Past mentor stories

"I enjoyed being able to share my experiences with my mentees and provide them with information and help when they contacted me with a question."

"It was great helping people feel happier to be at university and encouraging them to talk about their interest in their studies."

Benefits of becoming a mentor include:

  • receiving comprehensive training in the role and develop leadership, interpersonal, communication and cultural competency skills
  • participation in a lifelong learning opportunity
  • enhancing your employability skills and your resume
  • developing your organisational and time management skills
  • developing your ability to build productive and collaborative networks
  • supporting the success of fellow students and the university
  • gaining formal recognition from the University via the Curtin Extra Certificate when you graduate.

To become a New to Curtin Mentor, you need to:

  • be a currently enrolled student who has completed at least two semesters in the area you wish to mentor for
  • have a a proactive and positive attitude with a commitment to lifelong learning
  • be a good communicator and able to relate to new students
  • be confident, willing and able to assist others without compromising your own academic studies
  • be reliable, trustworthy and able to maintain appropriate boundaries.

If you are interested in being a mentor for the UniReady Enabling Program, you need to have successfully completed the UniReady Enabling Program and at least one semester of study in your course. 

If you are interested in being a mentor for Student Exchange, you will need to have been on an exchange program through Curtin.

There are a range of expectations that form your role as a New to Curtin Mentor.

  • Complete all training requirements and do your best to be available to attend events during O-Week.
  • Maintain contact with your mentees throughout the first semester or year of their study through email, closed Facebook groups, appropriate social media platforms, and/or face to face meetings. This involves continuing to contact mentees at least once a fortnight during the semester, regardless of lack of response UNLESS a mentee has provided a written/emailed request to be removed from communications.
  • Participate in your School’s Orientation Week Program and contact your mentees within three days of being given their details.
  • Participate in activities which enhance the sense of community at Curtin.
  • Attend or otherwise participate in occasional meetings of the mentor group with your School Mentor Program Coordinator.
  • Submit the required New to Curtin Mentor evaluation towards the end of semester.
  • Comply with the role boundaries of being a mentor as described in the Mentor Training.
  • Respect the confidentiality of private information gained concerning mentees.
  • Behave in a manner consistent with the Student Rights and Responsibilities, Code of Conduct, and with the Student Charter and in compliance with other relevant Curtin policies as described on the Curtin Policies website.
  • Report suspected unethical or criminal behaviour to the Integrity and Standard Unit (ISU) at Curtin. You may seek assistance with this from Student Wellbeing.
  • Refer concerns or conflicts arising in the mentoring relationship to the New to Curtin Mentor Program Team.
  • Disclose any actual or potential conflict of interest relating to your mentoring role to the New to Curtin Mentoring Team as soon as it arises. 
  • Not seek any form of remuneration from mentees in your role as a mentor.
  • Advise the New to Curtin Mentor Program Team in a timely manner of your need to change your involvement in the program or if any of the information above changes.

You can contact the New to Curtin Mentor Program Team at

How to become a mentor

Applications for Semester 1 2019 are now open, and close on Sunday 21 October 2018. If you wish to apply, please submit your application via UniHub.