Faculty of Science, Engineering and Built Environment Peer Support Network (PSN)

The PSN Program assists new students with their transition into university, both socially and academically, whilst exploring key information about studying at Deakin. The Program provides a supportive environment where mentors can share their experiences with new students whilst also developing their own professional skills and experience.

students on campus

Why should I become a PSN Mentee?

  • Your supportive student mentor will be able to answer any questions you have
  • They will share their experiences in overcoming the challenges of studying at university
  • Get to know Deakin better, and the great services and opportunities available
  • Develop a professional and social network
  • Create a strong network of peers.

Why should I become a PSN Mentor?

  • Develop and demonstrate employability skills (communication, leadership, teamwork and interpersonal skills)
  • Receive exclusive access to professional development training
  • Develop a professional and social network
  • Maintain a sense of achievement about helping others.

Mentee Program Overview

The program is free for students new to Deakin University (including students transferring from other education providers or other Deakin faculties).

You will meet for 45 minutes each week with your mentors and a small group of mentees for the first 5 weeks of the trimester.

Each week your mentors will discuss topics including life at university, academic support, how to get involved on campus and make the most of your time at university.

The weekly meetings provide an opportunity for you to maximise your opportunity for academic success while establishing social and professional networks.

Get involved and get ahead!

Who can become a PSN Mentee?

Students in their first trimester at Deakin University

Mentor Program Overview

You will be provided with initial training and ongoing professional development opportunities to ensure you are confident in your Mentor role

You will meet for 45 minutes each week with your mentees and partner mentor for the first 5 weeks of the trimester.

Each week you and your partner mentor will discuss topics with your mentees including life at university, academic support, how to get involved on campus and make the most of your time at university.

The weekly meetings provide an opportunity for you to support students new to Deakin, whilst developing your professional skills and knowledge and establishing social and professional networks.

Develop your skills. Enhance your employability.

Who can become a PSN Mentor?

Undergraduate students who have completed two trimesters and have a WAM of 70 or more.

Postgraduate students who have completed one trimester and have a WAM of 70 or more.

Student profile: Abrar Aziz, past mentorAbrar Aziz

What did you most enjoy about the program?
Meeting new people and making friends with people from all around the world.

How has the program helped you to develop your skills, experience and confidence?
My role was to help new students feel welcome. In doing so I developed good communication and interpersonal skills. This is now very useful in my work. I am more successful at building strong relationships with my clients due to the skills developed during this opportunity.

Any advice for students contemplating joining the program?
This is a one-off opportunity! If you want to build work-ready skills, join this program. You will get to make great friends as a bonus.

Contact

For more information or any queries regarding the program, please email sebe-psn@deakin.edu.au

Page custodian: Faculty of Science, Engineering & Built Environment
Last updated: