Our student contact and mentor system provides peer support and friendly faces to help new students get the best start to university life.

What are STYCs and STYMs?

Second/Third Year Contacts (STYCs) help welcome students in their first week at University.

Second/Third Year Mentors (STYMs) provide all new undergraduate students with a student peer supporter throughout their first year.

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A STYC’s role is to

  • Welcome and direct students on arrival day
  • Help them move in to their accommodation
  • Help students to settle in and have fun during their first week
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A STYM’s role is to

Check in with students throughout the year to:

  • Provide peer support 
  • Help with the transition to Uni life
  • Provide essential information
  • Signpost to further support 
  • Promote University values, and involvement within the college

Become a STYC or STYM

In your second or third year? You could become a STYC or STYM!

The benefits


Enhance your CV and boost employability skills


Improve your listening and communication skills


A recognisable volunteering opportunity


Get regular training to equip you with the skills needed


Receive full support from your college staff


Meet new students from around the world

How to apply

Applications to join the College STYC and STYM teams open during Semester 2 each year.  All current undergraduates who will be moving into their second, third or fourth year of studies in September are eligible to apply.

Exact dates and deadlines will be confirmed individually within colleges, and details about how to apply will be emailed to all college members and/or shared on your college social media. You will also have the opportunity to attend information sessions to find out more about the roles, application process and have your questions answered.