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Postgraduate mentoring

Ask a postgraduate

To get in touch with a mentor, log in to your account and browse through our mentor profiles. They can help answer your questions at any stage during your postgraduate course.

The Ask a Postgraduate Student scheme gives postgraduate students the opportunity and discuss issues about living and studying as a postgraduate at Essex with current, more experienced, postgraduate students.

The first few weeks may be the time when you have the most questions and may benefit from the opportunity to discuss issues with a mentor. It's also likely that you will have questions as you approach the different stages of your studies.

Finding and contacting a mentor

Our mentors are postgraduate research students who take part in the scheme on a voluntary basis. You won't be allocated a mentor, but you can contact one yourself at any point during your studies.


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Choose a mentor who you think is best placed to answer your question but don't worry if you're not sure. Mentors can point you to other University services too. They will usually reply to your email within a few days and all questions sent are monitored by staff who run the postgraduate mentoring scheme.


The scheme has the flexibility to accommodate the different stages and challenges of postgraduate study. A mentor could support you in different ways by:

  • providing practical information about living in Colchester and on campus
  • giving you an insight into postgraduate study and what will be expected of you at each stage of your studies
  • discussing issues in the first few weeks of your studies
  • discussing issues that are particularly relevant to your department
  • talking about the particular demands of your stage of study eg writing your Masters dissertation
  • preparing for supervisory boards, moving into your completion year
  • advising you about other services that are available to support your studies

Become a mentor

If you're interested, you can also become a mentor.