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Meet a peer mentor

If you're a new undergraduate student, you'll be allocated one of our peer mentors from your department, who are here to help you through your first year at Essex. They can chat to you about being a student, offer you advice or information, can can point you in the right direction to services and people.

Most departments will allocate you a mentor when you start your course and you can find out who your mentor is in MyEssex. If you're from the School of Computer Science and Electronic Engineering (CSEE) or the School of Health and Social Care, you can contact one of the mentors from the lists below.

  • Computer Science and Electronic Engineering

    Galin Nikov

    Galin Nikov

    BSc Computer Science (including Placement Year), 3rd year

    I am a 3rd year Computer Science student. My hobbies include video games, gym, music and sports. If you encounter any problems, feel free to drop me a message.

    Contact: gn16998@essex.ac.uk


    Salman Tilkidagi

    Salman Tilkidagi

    BSc Computer Science, 3rd year

    Volunteering and assisting one another is very important in any sector of life. I would love to help and assist students who are seeking for help or advice as I have spent 2 years working in a youth club where I tackled dealing with students and parents. I also learnt new trades such as; Planning, delivering, managing and administering youth and community projects and resources, organising and manging events, ensure safe guarding by implementing health and safety rules and also mentoring and supporting individuals to encourage social inclusion. As I’ll be going into in 3rd year I would help new students settle into university life by showing them around and helping them with any enquires. I’m very friendly and trustworthy I will help answer questions and keep them confidential between one another. Students can email me and I will always respond with the best solution. As a disability student I always try to make the most of life, bubbly personality and a friendly face to everyone. Love spreading positivity and kindness. I will be available during the Welcome period to meet new students. I’m going into my third year and will happily help and guide with any assignments and exams (progress tests).

    Contact: stilki@essex.ac.uk


    Galin Nikov

    Alex Mayhook

    BSc Computer Science, 2nd year

    I'm interested in becoming a peer mentor as I believe that I am a very strong listener, and believe I can relate to the students joining University as I understand their fears and nervousness. In addition, as I joined Essex through clearing, I can help anyone who has to go through a similar transition as I did, as it can make the start feel harder when you join last minute. In terms of qualities, I also like to approach people with a light hearted tone, meaning that I like to approach people in a friendly, informal manner, as well as making people laugh when possible! To me it is important that a new university student realises quickly that everybody is in the same position, and everyone is starting at the same point, and if there are any students that feel hindered in any way, I will do everything in my power to change that outlook!

    Contact: am16925@essex.ac.uk


    Marvin Cudjoe

    Marvin Cudjoe

    BSc Computer Science, 2nd year

    As a passionate person, I don’t just look into improving myself and attaining personal academic goals, I look beyond that by helping peers and anyone who require help in their area of study. If you have any questions or problems, just message me!

    Contact: mc17009@essex.ac.uk


    Magdalena Angelova

    Magdalena Angelova

    BSc Computer Science, 3rd year

    Being a Peer Mentor is like helping one grow as a human. Everyone struggles and needs help from time to time. Being the one to help gives the time we spend a purpose and is helping us evolve as people. Not only the ones in front of us, but ourselves as well. I want to become a Peer Mentor for the sole purpose of being useful for someone who might need some pushing in the right direction. I can help them as one who has been there and knows what might be bothering them. I am very friendly, I feel at my best when I can help others. I can be the one that new students can turn to in need of advice and support.

    Contact: ma16574@essex.ac.uk


    Ionnnis Konstantinou

    Ionnnis Konstantinou

    BSc Electronic Engineering, 2nd year

    The reason I would like to become a Peer Mentor, is that a like to help new people get into the spirit of how the University works. Help anyone who needs study support or any support. Being a Peer Mentor you have to be a responsible and risible person to be able to provide your kindness and how to approach the new people coming to the University.

    Contact: ik17397@essex.ac.uk


    Farid Ibtida Tashbeen

    Farid Ibtida Tashbeeh

    BSc Computer Science, 2nd year

    I am a third year in BSc Computer Science at the University of Essex. With absolutely no experience in computing or programming, I have managed to keep up with the subject. I am also a course rep for CSEE department. I came all the way from Ireland to study at the University. I love the experience of staying in a different country to complete my studies. Currently I live not so far for campus. First year can be tough but I am always around to help.

    Contact: fitash@essex.ac.uk


  • Health and Social Care

    Bev Goodman

    Bev Goodman

    MSc Occupational Therapy Year 2 - Colchester campus

    I've returned to university after working in the charity sector for a few years, so I understand some of the fears mature students may face in starting their studies. I'm also juggling study with part-time work. It has been a challenging transition, but I wouldn't change it for the world!

    Contact: bg16905@essex.ac.uk


    Alison Humphries

    Alison Humphries

    MSc Occupational Therapy Year 2 - Colchester campus

    I took two years out after my undergraduate degree. Moving from Ireland not knowing Colchester or anyone here was quite daunting. I could pass on info on getting a UK bank account and NI number. I work part time, balancing finances whilst on placement. I've really enjoyed my experience at Essex.

    Contact: ah16595@essex.ac.uk


    Arianna Kelly

    Arianna Kelly

    BSc Adult Nursing Year 2 - Southend campus

    I am a second-year student nurse based at Southend Campus. I am a mature student, and balance my studies with caring for my children. I am also an immigrant; University of Essex is my first experience of education in the UK.

    Contact: ak16025@essex.ac.uk


    Katie Cassidy

    Katie Cassidy

    MSc Speech and Language Therapy Year 2 - Colchester campus

    I am originally from London where my fiancé lives, but live in Colchester during term time. I am a mature student, and I completed my BA in Philosophy, from Nottingham University, in 2013. Although this degree is a lot harder than my undergraduate degree, I am really enjoying it!

    Contact: kc16394@essex.ac.uk


    Laura Roovers

    Laura Roovers

    Social Work Year 2 - Southend campus

    Year two mature Social Work student, soon to depart on an international placement to Cyprus. I am a mum who lives and works in Southend, I live off campus. An exciting time to join us in the newly named School of Health and Social Care, exciting opportunities and plans.

    Contact: lr16537@essex.ac.uk


    Emma Forde

    Emma Forde

    MSc Occupational Therapy Year 2 - Colchester campus

    I am from Ireland, and having completed a degree in Health and Disabilities I was lucky enough to be accepted for my MA at Essex. I live in Colchester and currently work in a nursery with children. I look forward to the year ahead of learning, placements and graduating as an Occupational Therapist.

    Contact: ef16483@essex.ac.uk


    Allison Virgilio

    Allison Virgilio

    Speech and Language Therapy Year 2 - Colchester campus

    As a second year Speech and Language Therapy student from the USA, I have been able to adjust to the international experience. I am a full-time student and I live near campus.

    Contact: av16642@essex.ac.uk


    Kath Salmon

    Kath Salmon

    BSc Occupational Therapy Year 3 - Colchester campus

    I am a mature student, studying part time. Choosing to take on a degree in healthcare has been challenging at times but the tutors are happy to provide support when needed. I have Aspergers and Irlens and have benefitted from being able to access a learning mentor through student support.

    Contact: kdsalm@essex.ac.uk


    Luke Benstead

    Luke Benstead

    BSc Adult Nursing Year 2 - Southend campus

    I am studying BSc Adult nursing and am in second year at Southend Campus. The best thing about studying at University of Essex is the endless opportunities to take lead of your learning. I am absolutely loving the experience.

    Contact: lb16932@essex.ac.uk


    Nikki Pockett

    Nikki Pockett

    MSc Health Research Year 3 - Colchester campus

    I have a First Class BSc Social Sciences with Sociology degree. I'm also a staff member of 14 years here, so have a breadth of knowledge about the School, university processes and procedures. I did my BSc via the OU, so I've experience as a distance learner managing time and self-motivation.

    Contact: npockett@essex.ac.uk


    Matt Rainey

    Matt Rainey

    Adult Nursing BSc – Year 2 - Southend campus

    I have already completed 1 BA degree and I'm a Society President, so if you need any help or advice with absolutely anything, give me a shout any time, and I'll help you as much as I am able!

    Contact: mr16196@essex.ac.uk


    Freya Pearson

    Freya Pearson

    Part-Time BSC Occupational Therapy - 3rd Year - Colchester campus

    I'm a mature student and work as a teaching assistant. I've learned a lot about time and financial management. This can be hard so having the right support is vital - whether that be from student support, personal tutors, your cohort or from family and friends - I have utilised all of these so far!

    Contact: fvapea@essex.ac.uk


    Daniel Neatherway

    Daniel Neatherway

    BSc Adult Nursing Year Two - Southend campus

    I am studying full time BSc Adult Nursing in my home town of Southend around my role as a Healthcare Assistant in Southend Hospital. I am a mature student with a three-year-old son, receiving the NHS Bursary. I returned to education after 15 years.

    Contact: dn16037@essex.ac.uk


    Dee Garrett-Grimwood

    Dee Garrett-Grimwood

    3rd Year BSc Occupational Therapy - Colchester campus

    I'm a mature commuting student on a part-time 4-yr OT degree. I grew up in Africa and studied in Israel before moving to the UK. I’m a pro-active member of various committees including a member of our Societies Guild. Student Support have been outstanding and I'd happily advocate students to them.

    Contact: djgarr@essex.ac.uk


    David Nti-Jackson

    David Nti-Jackson

    2nd year MSc. Adult Nursing - Southend campus

    I started my Postgrad Diploma at Essex in Politics and EAP in 2014. Now I study MSc Adult Nursing in Southend. I've insight into how Essex works, what to expect as a new student and issues you may face settling in. I can help you settle without hassle and point you to the right sources of help.

    Contact: dnti@essex.ac.uk


    Cara McCarthy

    Occupational Therapy (MSc)

    Contact: cm16527@essex.ac.uk