Student Mentor


Mentors offer a welcoming environment and support to students new to UC. 

Hours involved in the activity

One module of 12 hours minimum. For every 12 hours of active learning you can claim recognition for one skill and one attribute. NB: opportunities only exist to develop the skills and attributes specified for this activity in the grey areas of the table below.


Student Experience Team

Work readiness skill/Graduate attribute

By actively engaging in this activity, you can claim against one of the pre-determined intersection points detailed below. You should reflect on your experience and select the WRS/GA intersection point that best represents your learning outcome.

  • A1 - Communication - Mentors are able to appreciate how forms of communication are not just limited to the oral but include actions and body responses that can be interpreted differently by different cultures. They will be able to ensure that all aspects of their communication are respectful and reflective of New Zealand’s bicultural environment.
  • A4 - Learning - Mentors attend cultural competency training and actively seek opportunities to demonstrate and apply their learning in mentoring activities.
  • B1 - Communication - Mentors will be able to offer a welcoming and supportive environment to new students to UC. They will develop in-depth knowledge of UC and its procedures and explain these in a clear and accurate way.
  • B2 - Initiative and enterprise - Mentors will be able to find activities for new students to be involved with the UC community to make sure new students feel connected to UC. They will also be part of focus groups looking at how new ideas will help the student experience and use their own experiences to come up with new ways to support new students.
  • B3 - Leadership - Mentors will learn to be positive representatives of UC. This includes leading campus tours or communicating with groups of potential students.
  • B4 - Learning - Mentors attend a training session before they begin mentoring, to prepare them for the role. They will learn to see areas that they want to develop skills in and find activities within Mentoring to develop these.
  • B5 - Planning and organising - Mentors will learn to balance being full-time students and academic studies with volunteering.
  • B6 - Problem solving - Mentors can communicate with students that have a different set of needs and identify what those needs are. They can then develop a plan with each student to help with their time at UC.
  • B7 - Self-management - Mentors will develop maturity and professional behaviour in order to  provide a positive experience for students. 
  • B9 - Technology - Mentors will be able to use different technology to communicate with their students.
  • C1 - Communication - Mentors will learn to create communication with the students that is professional and meets UC standards. They will also learn how this skill can be applied to a variety of student cultures and work settings.
  • C3 - Leadership - Mentors will develop leadership skills that can be used in a variety of settings and for diverse student groups.
  • C8 - Teamwork - Mentors will learn to work as a diverse student group to make sure a positive student experience is created.
  • D1 - Communication - Mentors are able to communicate with students from different countries and cultures to ensure all new students are welcomed to UC.
  • D4 - Learning - Mentors can find opportunities when meeting international students to learn about their cultures and use this information when communicating with students from a similar culture.
  • D6 - Problem Solving - Mentors will learn to help solve concerns and offer support services to international students with respect to their culture.
  • D7 - Self-management - Mentors will learn to communicate effectively to students from different cultures in a respectful manner.
  • D8 - Teamwork - Mentors can work effectively with students who are from different countries and use initiative to solve language barriers.
Matrix intersection points for Student Mentors (highlighted in grey)
Co-curricular Record (CCR)

UC Graduate Attributes (GAs)

Bicultural Competence & Confidence Community Engagement Employability Innovation & Enterprise Global Awareness
Work Readiness Skills (WRS) Communication A1 B1 C1 D1
Initiative and enterprise A2 B2 C2 D2
Leadership A3 B3 C3 D3
Learning A4 B4 C4 D4
Planning and organising A5 B5 C5 D5
Problem solving A6 B6 C6 D6
Self-management A7 B7 C7 D7
Teamwork A8 B8 C8 D8
Technology A9 B9 C9 D9

CCR criteria

  • UC affiliated
  • Not for academic credit

Are you interested in participating in this activity?