The University of Bristol have teamed with The Peer Partnership to pioneer a new peer mentoring programme specifically for trans and non-binary students.
This will see members of Bristol’s wider trans and non-binary community use their lived experiences to support University of Bristol students who identify as trans and non-binary, allowing them to thrive within both their academic and social lives.
The University of Bristol has a large community of trans and non-binary students, and we are committed to creating a culture that is inclusive of trans, non-binary, intersex, and gender diverse members of our University community so individuals can reach their full potential.
Our new peer mentoring service will offer specialist support to students who identify as trans and non-binary. We’re looking to recruit around 20 mentors from the local community who identify as trans or non-binary themselves to support students in understanding the issues faced by trans and non-binary people and explore the impact of how being trans affects both mental health, social engagement, and their university experience. Mentors will also share information and advice regarding trans services, support and how to access them.
The programme aims to connect students with people who have lived experience, helping them form support networks within the local community, as well as highlighting the support available at the University and in the City.
The programme will provide more information about services available to trans and non-binary students, and access to someone who also has lived-experience to help discuss and work through any challenges they might face.
Mentees will be able to apply for peer support at anytime during their university experience. Once they apply, they will be matched with a mentor, who will also be trans or non-binary, and if they connect, they will be able to provide the student with an hour a week of their time to talk freely about the issues they want to discuss that matter to them, in the knowledge that the mentor knows what they are going through and will help them to work out how best to overcome them.
We in the Student Inclusion Team hope this will improve wellbeing; reduce the number of trans students dropping out of university; help students to overcome the barriers and obstacles they face in an educational environment; increase their resilience and self-management of issues they face; and increase engagement with both internal and external support services.