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Mentoring for new students

The New to Curtin Mentoring Program connects senior students with new students to help them through their transition to university life.

This information is designed for staff interested or involved in the program. If you are looking for student information, visit the New to Curtin Mentoring page.

New to Curtin Mentoring

Contact Us

For more information, contact:
Phone: +61 8 9266 9822

The New to Curtin Program is based on a model developed by the School of Nursing & Midwifery in 2007, and was rolled out centrally from 2008. Evaluation to date suggests the program’s effectiveness in:

  • improving the experience of new students
  • providing opportunities for professional development for current students, and
  • improving a sense of community and identity within participating schools.

Participating schools and departments designate a staff member to coordinate the program for their area, in collaboration with the Mentor Program Coordinator in the Student Transition and Retention Team (START). The key responsibilities of school and department coordinators include:

  • recruiting and coordinating mentors for the area
  • connecting mentors with new students in a way suitable to the course
  • incorporating the inclusion of mentoring and mentors in faculty and school orientation activities
  • providing feedback to the Mentor Program Coordinator to assist in the evaluation and continued improvement of the program.

Course or School Staff Member
Actuarial Science Ee Ling Grace Aw
Architecture Tanja Glusac & Francesco Mancini
Art, Fine Art & Visual Culture Nicole Slatter
Biomedical Science Adrian Paxman
CAS Centre for Aboriginal Studies Sandra Rickards
CBS Bev Sandell
Computer Science Hannes Herrmann
Construction Management Barry Cooper-Cooke
Design Nicole Slatter
Education - Early Childhood, Primary & Secondary Craig Sims
Engineering Enabling Program Sheldon Smith
Engineering Operations Amanda Sullivan
Engineering Technology and Computer Systems Iain Murray
Exchange Studies Joanne Castelli
Exercise Rehabilitation & Sports Science Carly Brade
Fashion Design Nicole Slatter
Geography Shaphan Cox
Geology Robert Madden
Geophysics Dominic Howman
Health Information Management Ann Firth & Sharon Campbell
Health Promotion Ann Firth & Linda Portsmouth
Health Safety & Environment Ann Firth & Krassi Rumchev
Health Science BSc Ann Firth & Haelee Fenton
Information Studies Philip Moilin
Interior Architecture Hami James
Law, Business Law & Taxation Roannah Wade
Media, Creative Arts and Social Enquiry Philip Moilin
Medical Imaging Science Laura Connor
Nursing & Midwifery Mentoring
Nutrition and Food Science Ann Firth, Karin Clark & Ranil Coorey
Occupational Therapy Julie Brayshaw & Dave Parsons
Paramedicine Jaci Mason
Pharmacy Jessica Burnett
Physics Brenda Rohl
Physiotherapy Leo Ng
Psychology Natalie Gasson
Registered Nursing Conversion 1 Yr Julie Robertson
School of Science - overall Brenda Rohl
Social Work Christina Fernandes
Spatial Sciences David McMeekin
Speech Pathology Britta Biedermann
UniReady Shu-Ming Koh & Robyn Chien
Urban & Regional Planning Courtney Babb
WASM Kalgoorlie Connie Klaassen

Recruiting Mentors

Mentors are recruited on a semester basis – in May for Semester 2, and October for Semester 1. While the Mentor Program Coordinator in START will provide some promotional materials, school and department coordinators are required to distribute these materials through channels that are most suited to the area's students. These are our tips on getting the message out:

  • post messages in relevant Blackboard units
  • email targeted groups of students
  • make flyers available in student common rooms and student service hubs
  • promote during lectures through announcements or asking lecturers to include a promotional slide
  • post messages on digital screens in student service hubs.

Students can be directed to the online expression of interest form and areas will be automatically sent applications of interested students. The START Mentor Program Coordinator will also receive copies of all the online applications. Areas then need to confirm their list of mentors with the Mentor Program Coordinator in START as soon as it is finalised. It's then up to each area to connect and manage mentors in a way that works for the school or department.